In the May/June 2012 Cigar Aficionado


The Brains Behind Homeland

In the June issue of Cigar Aficionado, we speak with the creators of TV's hit show "Homeland", decide whether Tiger's recent PGA tour success is real, look at how casinos are convincing younger audiences to play slots, and delve into the world of Cognac. Plus, a talk with Tatuaje's Pete Johnson and Chef Marc Vetri.


Up Front

Editors' Note
The Long Road Back

Letters
Out of the Humidor

Good Life Guide

Electronics
Big zoom in a small package from Panasonic.

Drink
Happy 150th birthday, Bacardi!

Sport
Grace on the water: mahogany boats.

Cigars
S.T. Dupont lights up the night.

Time
Your watch as your wingman.

Wheels
BMW updates the classic luxury compact.

Places
Gleneagles’ warm welcome for smokers.

Fun
River rafting is all wet.

Style
Boat shoes are on deck again.

Gourmet
Cigar pairing is this espresso’s purpose.

Features

Cover
“Homeland” maturity
Leading the intense TV drama “Homeland” into its sophomore season presents a new set of challenges—and fresh excuses to smoke cigars—for the show’s creators, Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.
Golf
Melbourne, the marvelous metropolis
A slew of great courses and the many diversions of Australia’s second city make Melbourne the world’s foremost urban golf arena.
Will Tiger change his stripes?
As golf’s former boy wonder sheds the fallout from his personal peccadilloes he still has to confront questions of how his game and mindset will conform to the tests of winning with an older body.
Gambling
Super slots
Updated technology and contemporary themes are drawing a youth audience weaned on video games to the world of casino slot machines.
Drink
Cognac connection
Beneath the sophisticated allure of the world’s foremost brandy is a network of tiny vineyards and craft distillers who feed the famous houses who shepherd Cognac to market.

Cigars

Profile
Chef Marc Vetri
The greatest chef you never heard of, but should have, melds a mild-mannered personality with an intense, hands-on devotion to cooking, and still finds time to enjoy a cigar with his father in their native Philadelphia.
Industry
Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson
The man behind the booming Tatuaje brand came to cigars from a background as a rock musician. Pete Johnson talks to David Savona about his career transition, the creation of his cigars and his master vision.
Cuba Report
Cuba Throws a Party for Romeo y Julieta
With a backdrop of writhing dancers and fierce drumbeats, the Cuban cigar industry held its annual celebration, the Habanos Festival. We relate the festivities as well as the best of the new smokes that debuted.
Havana Restaurant Update
The 2012 restaurant scene in Havana is about as volatile as I told you it would be in the November/December issue about the city.
News
ProCigar Festival
Swelling attendance marked the fifth annual Dominican Republic ProCigar Festival, which treated attendees to tours of tobacco farms, cigar seminars and gala dinners.


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