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Jan/Feb 98
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Denzel Washington • Jan/Feb 98

Features

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

On a dazzling Santa Ana wind-swept day at the Hotel Bel-Air, Denzel Washington riffles through the cigar box, passing over the Montecristo No. 2s and the Hoyo de Monterreys …

El Gaucho, Seattle

El Gaucho, Seattle

Walk into El Gaucho and you are transformed. The restaurant bills itself as Seattle's "premier steak house," but evokes more a feeling of elegant noir. Lighting is low in the …

Bettor's Rx

Bettor's Rx

A funny thing happens to passengers on airline flights into Las Vegas. They get gripped with gambling fever. The symptoms are similar to what happens to preteen children as …

Cigar for the Course

Cigar for the Course

Go to any good golf course these days and you'll find cigars are as plentiful as Great Big Berthas and wicked slices. Walk into a well-stocked pro shop and you'll see nearly as …

The Digital Detectives

The Digital Detectives

It was a case tailored for New York's top private eyes; a tale of true-life crime that read like pulp fiction. The setting was Wall Street. The thief: a young man with a taste for …

Highway to Heaven: Corvettes

Highway to Heaven: Corvettes

A snake slithers slowly across the heat-soaked asphalt--no rush, for it could be an hour before another car comes by. The thermometer on the wall of the old gas station stretches, …

Skiing from the Sky

Skiing from the Sky

"It's like taking the first run of the day right after a big storm. No"--he pauses, correcting himself--"it's like the first run of a truly epic day, except it's like that every …

The Nostalgia Broker

The Nostalgia Broker

His singularly focused mind was saying "hat pin holders, hat pin holders, hat pin holders" as he made his way through the market aisles, when he noticed a booth that contained …

Vested Suits

Vested Suits

The fashion runways are awash in fake suede pants, rhinestone tennis bracelets and polyurethane T-shirts--and that's on the male models! You might actually think that some of …

The Mettle of Iron Mike

The Mettle of Iron Mike

Mike Ditka is relaxing in the second-floor cigar lounge of his restaurant, Iron Mike's Grille, which is connected to the elegant Tremont Hotel in Chicago. He's describing his …

Full Circle

Full Circle

George Hamilton looks, at 58, exactly the way a movie star is supposed to look: perfect. Always impeccably dressed and crisply pressed. Classically tailored with well-polished …

Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success

TV cooking shows have a term for the finished dish--be it a chocolate soufflé or rack of lamb en croute--that the chef magically pulls from the oven in reciprocal legerdemain to …

Hotel Inter-Continental Praha, Prague

Hotel Inter-Continental Praha, Prague

In Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1939 comedy Ninotchka, three Soviet functionaries are dispatched to Paris to fetch a wayward comrade, Greta Garbo. Instead, they become enthralled by …

The Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel, San Francisco

The Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel, San Francisco

You get a sense that nineteenth-century railroad baron Leland Stanford would have been proud of The Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel's ingenuity where cigars are concerned. The …

Making It in a Man's World

Making It in a Man's World

The glass doors open to admit a middle-aged man in a business suit. Setting aside a box of cigars, the tobacco store owner greets the customer effusively and asks him how the …

Cigars

C'est L'Afrique: Cameroon Wrapper Leaf

C'est L'Afrique: Cameroon Wrapper Leaf

Tobacco Scion Rick Meerapfel and Associates Are Raising Quality Wrapper in central Africa

Cutting and Lighting

Cutting and Lighting

Last issue we inaugurated our Cigar 101 series with a rundown of the myriad shapes, shades and sizes that make up the world of cigars. The next step on the road to aficionado …

Great Moments

Great Moments

Law and the Cigar

An Interview with Manuel Quesada

An Interview with Manuel Quesada

Owner, MATASA, makers of Fonseca, Licenciados, Romeo y Julieta, Jose Benito, Cubita, Royal Dominicana, Credo and Casa Blanca cigars.

Ratings from this Issue

91
points

Graycliff Pirate

Issue Date: February 1, 1998
Graycliff Pirate
91
points

Arturo Fuente Don. Carlos No. 2

Issue Date: February 1, 1998
Arturo Fuente Don. Carlos No. 2
90
points

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 4

Issue Date: February 1, 1998
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 4
90
points

Fuente Fuente OpusX Robusto

Issue Date: February 1, 1998
Fuente Fuente OpusX Robusto

Up Front

Cigar Lovers Invade Vegas

Cigar Lovers Invade Vegas

The Big Smoke Las Vegas at Bally's on the Nov. 1 weekend confirmed one thing: the cigar renaissance is here to stay. More than 4,000 people attended the two nights of Big Smokes, …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, In celebration of my 50th birthday, my lovely wife, Jane, surprised me with a trip to Italy. While in Rome, on Saturday evening the night before Easter, Jane …

The Good Life

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