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Blogs : Gordon Mott

First Day in Cuba

I started out with a Bolivar Belicoso Fino. Marvin had a Paratagas Serie D No. 4. David Savona had a Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. We all had an...more

Posted: February 23, 2011    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Final Day of the Dominican Cigar Festival

Friday morning in Santiago, Dominican Republic, I walked into the spacious (and annoyingly non-smoking) lobby of the Gran Almirante Hotel, laptop in...more

Posted: February 14, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Day Three in the Dominican Republic

Beautiful sunshine and balmy temperatures greeted more than 200 cigar lovers on Thursday here in Santiago. As the day began some headed to cigar...more

Posted: February 11, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Day Two in the Dominican Republic

I found out about the wrapper on Tuesday, the official start of the ProCigar Festival in Santiago. In the morning, I spilled out of the Gran...more

Posted: February 10, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Day One in the Dominican Republic

The fourth annual ProCigar Festival in the Dominican Republic has begun. On Tuesday I landed in Santiago, greeted by bright sunshine and tropical...more

Posted: February 9, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Random Cuba Thoughts

Any time reporters head home after a productive trip, there is a final assessment of what made it into a story and what didn't. You've gotten pretty...more

Posted: February 3, 2011    By Gordon Mott

Blogs : David Savona

Smoking in the Cold

I spent the weekend in Central Vermont with my family and a great group of friends. They skied, I didn't (call me crazy, but strapping greased planks...more

Posted: January 24, 2011    By David Savona

Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Let There Be Ice

It may be that winter just dumped another six inches of snow on me or that I received a press release from Johnnie Walker Gold Label touting its "ice...more

Posted: January 10, 2011    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : David Savona

Cuba, in Bullet Points, Part One

It's been almost two weeks since Gordon Mott and I returned from our trip to Cuba. We sat down this morning for a chat and compared notes. Here are...more

Posted: December 22, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

Cigar Report: Current Cubans

Spending last week in Cuba gave me the opportunity to smoke many of the island's current production...more

Posted: December 16, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : David Savona

A Yankee Fan In Cuba

I work in New York City, and I root for the New York Yankees, so you would be forgiven for assuming that I work in an environment surrounded by...more

Posted: December 15, 2010    By David Savona

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Havana Dining

Let’s make one thing clear from the beginning—you shouldn’t go to Havana for the food. Decades of isolation and ongoing issues with...more

Posted: December 14, 2010    By Gordon Mott

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