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Blogs : David Savona

Welcome to the Machine

I’m in Tampa, Florida, which once was the heart of American cigar production. In the 1950s, some 500 million cigars a year were made here. Things...more

Posted: September 2, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Bargain Cigars

What do you consider a bargain-priced cigar? A $5 smoke? One retailing for $4? Less than $4? Or maybe it’s simply a cigar that gives you a great...more

Posted: August 28, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Of Maverick, Cigars and the Tube

No, this isn't a blog about Sarah Palin and cylindrical, metal packages for storing cigars. Rather, it involves watching cigars on television....more

Posted: August 26, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Random Summer Thoughts

It’s always hard as summer winds down, and you’re left wondering how the last three months disappeared. The 2009 version, in the Northeast, will...more

Posted: August 25, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

What I Did on My Summer Stay-cation

I didn’t end up making the aforementioned trip to Kentucky to see the cooperage operation for Brown-Forman, but I also didn’t go to Niagara Falls...more

Posted: August 21, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : Gordon Mott

You Gotta Love Vermont

I haven’t spent a lot of time in Vermont, but it’s always been my impression that Vermonters travel to the beat of their own drum. They still...more

Posted: August 19, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : David Savona

Remembering Dad

My father died on July 28. He was ill for a short time, went through a tough operation, gave us hope that he would soon be back on his feet, but died...more

Posted: August 17, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

The Laws of Gin & Tonic

Sometimes even the masters return to the basics. When I was invited to meet Angus Winchester, the global brand ambassador for Tanqueray gin at Raines...more

Posted: August 13, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Trade Show, Day Three

Monday night was a busy one. Barry and I walked to the Alec Bradley party. On the way we stumbled across the Cigar Factory of New Orleans, which...more

Posted: August 12, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Trade Show, Day Two

After several cups of strong coffee and a bracing breakfast, I headed back to the convention center on Monday morning with Gordon Mott, Greg Mottola...more

Posted: August 10, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Trade Show, Day One

I took the early flight yesterday morning with Gordon Mott to New Orleans, taking off at 7 a.m. from JFK and landing in NOLA at 9. We were able to...more

Posted: August 10, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

Heading to the Trade Show

Tomorrow morning I’m catching an early flight to New Orelans for the IPCPR trade show, or what most people still call it, the RTDA. This is when...more

Posted: August 8, 2009    By David Savona


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