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Blogs : David Savona

DR Cigar Festival—Opening Night

I walked into the lobby at the Gran Almirante last night and ran smack into Avo Uvezian, creator of the Avo brand. He was holding court, surrounded...more

Posted: March 6, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : David Savona

The Dominican Cigar Festival—The Beginning

I’ve just arrived in Santiago for the first annual ProCigar Festival. This has been a long time coming, and I’m happy to be here. Cuba has had...more

Posted: March 5, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : James Suckling

Epilogue to the Havana Blog

My friend, Tom Unvert, laughed and said “don’t worry about it buddy. Just get here in one piece for the party.” But it did suck. I had 19 very...more

Posted: March 5, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 6: A Room Full of Friends

The massive room at the Pabexpo in the chic Havana neighborhood of Siboney was already thick with smoke within the first 30 minutes of the gala...more

Posted: March 3, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 5: Behind The Scenes

I had planned to hit up some of the key cigar shops this morning, like Partagas and Club Havana. This is where a lot of action happens during the...more

Posted: February 29, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 4: The Taste of an Habano

It was all about taste yesterday in Havana. I attended two tastings. One was a smoker in the El Laguito factory, the home of Cohiba cigars, and...more

Posted: February 28, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 3: From Table to Ash

Sometimes I find it almost hard to believe that the cigars we buy in shops come from the rollers’ tables of cigar factories in Havana. When we buy...more

Posted: February 27, 2008   


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 2: Hola H. Upmann

I just got back from visiting the H. Upmann factory in Nuevo Vedado with some friends from Geneva, Switzerland. The main hermano was Arek Aboulian,...more

Posted: February 26, 2008   


Blogs : Gordon Mott

More Florida Days

Just got back from the South Beach Food & Wine Festival in Miami. There was some golf involved, but I won’t rub it in too much. Here are few random...more

Posted: February 26, 2008    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : James Suckling

Day 1: Morning View from La Habana

I woke up this morning in Havana in my hotel, the Melia Cohiba, and after a quick café con leche in the bar, I walked out onto the Malecon boulevard...more

Posted: February 25, 2008   


Blogs : David Savona

The Gift of Baseball

Baseball is king in the Dominican Republic, so when the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation created a school for the impoverished children around the...more

Posted: February 21, 2008    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

What Price Ecstasy?

By my calculations, I drank about $400 worth of Scotch whisky at lunch the other day. Before you go jumping to the same conclusion that my wife...more

Posted: February 20, 2008    By Jack Bettridge


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