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Arnold Schwarzenegger • July/Aug 03

Pick up the latest issue of Cigar Aficionado, and read about Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest film and his political aspirations, the Porsche SUV, a '93 Bolivar Gigantes with a big taste, Cuba's well-stocked 510th Anniversay humidor, Big-League Smoker Tino Martinez and much, much more.

Features

Return of the Terminator

Return of the Terminator

Arnold is in his office, sipping a double espresso and leisurely smoking a big Montecristo. The man looks terrific: tall, strong, fit, and radiating humor and high spirits. Life …

The Strife of Riley

The Strife of Riley

Inside the MCI Center on a Saturday in March, every seat is accounted for. The whiff of spring in the Washington night is evidence that the National Basketball Association …

Gambling on the Greens

Gambling on the Greens

The Commissioner arises each morning at 5:30, religiously. He goes to work out, religiously. He goes to his golf club's pro shop at mid-morning to check The Shootout's sign-in …

The Card Con

The Card Con

Like all good confidence scams, this one was built on a foundation of greed and gullibility. It promised quick money with limited labor. The stakes were high, but the impending …

Hog Wild

Hog Wild

Drew Rayman looks a bit like Pete Townsend from The Who but with more of a spare tire and less of an affinity for the guitarist's casual dress. It's a pretty sure bet that Rayman …

Porsche's Biggest Bet Yet

Porsche's Biggest Bet Yet

The rain in Spain is, on this particularly soggy day, falling mainly in the hills. They've just gotten the power back at our hotel in Jerez, in the heart of Iberian Sherry …

Do-It-Yourself DVD

Do-It-Yourself DVD

  It's almost official. Only one last-gasp reason still compels you to have a VCR plugged into your TV alongside your DVD player -- recording shows on your own -- and that …

Grill Envy

Grill Envy

I am watching a very un-barbecue scene unfold. Gathered here on a patio overlooking Arch Creek on the Miami campus of Johnson & Wales culinary college, a couple dozen student …

Cigars

From Cigars to the Big League

From Cigars to the Big League

Born in the shadow of a cigar factory, baseball star Tino Martinez remains close to America's traditional capital of cigar making.

Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

Can you still smoke a cigar in New York City?

Something Special

Something Special

Some people may believe that it's too much of a good thing with this year's releases from Havana of limited-edition cigars and humidors. Coupled with the improving quality of the …

An Interview With Ashton's Robert Levin

An Interview With Ashton's Robert Levin

Best known for creating Ashton, Robert Levin is a 30-year veteran of the cigar business.

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Montecristo "A"

Issue Date: August 1, 2003
Montecristo "A"
92
points

Bolivar Royal Corona

Issue Date: August 1, 2003
Bolivar Royal Corona
92
points

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Issue Date: August 1, 2003
H. Upmann Magnum 46
92
points
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico Maduro

Up Front

Today's Unfair Smoking Laws

Today's Unfair Smoking Laws

It's been a bad year for the rights of cigar smokers in America. From New York to Dallas, sweeping antismoking legislation has wiped out havens that used to permit us to settle …

Letters: Out of the Humidor

Letters: Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Yesterday the BBC announced that New York had banned smoking in public. Talk about wonderful news; it was impossible not to feel jealous and I am hoping for the …

The Good Life

Rocky Carroll Boots

Rocky Carroll Boots

Footwear is that style item that makes a statement without your saying a word. If Italian loafers are a polite announcement, cowboy boots are a spirited oration. But boots that …

Leica D-Lux

Leica D-Lux

While the constantly morphing digital compact camera market has been bringing us more megapixels at lower prices, it wanted but one development: for revered professional camera …

John Jaques Croquet Set

John Jaques Croquet Set

Summer's family reunions are mined with dreaded run-ins with rogue relatives. You know, your pesky Aunt Harriet who insists on tweaking your cheeks as if you're still a toddler. …

19th Hole Cigar Cutter

19th Hole Cigar Cutter

Humping too much gear on the golf course? Most golfers cart more equipment in their pants than the average infantryman. So it makes sense that Wenger S.A. of Switzerland, maker of …

Swan Yachts

Swan Yachts

Yachting, like life, is full of compromises. Do you sail for comfort or for speed? Do you dream of family cruising or fantasize regatta victories? Does your image of boating bring …

Château Lafite-Rothchild 2000

Château Lafite-Rothchild 2000

Some might have thought that a name such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Bordeaux's well-known first-growth estate, would have been happy to rest on its laurels in recent years, …

Corum Casino Bubble

Corum Casino Bubble

You don't have to be a high roller to wear the new Corum Casino Bubble, but you certainly are going to look like one, both on and off the casino floor. The bold wristwatch …

El Tamarindo, Mexico

El Tamarindo, Mexico

Out of the way. Out of sight. And, out of this world. El Tamarindo may be one of the Western Hemisphere's most luxurious hidden gems. Nestled on a small cove in the sweeping Barra …

Human Touch Massage Recliner

Human Touch Massage Recliner

It's a been a day from hell and you need serious relief. Your muscles are tied up in sheepshanks, your eyeballs feel as if they need to be put on ice, and the idea of going …