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May/Jun 98
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Michael Douglas • May/Jun 98

Features

Breaking the Mold

Breaking the Mold

Michael Douglas creates real men. Flawed. Good. Human. Conflicted. Passionate. Smart, decent men who occasionally have moral lapses. And immoral men who are dazzlingly desirable. …

Setting Sail with the Big Boys

Setting Sail with the Big Boys

It's just after dawn in early August, and the fog along Nantucket Harbor slowly begins to dissolve into a pure azure sky. Already the docks are a flurry of activity as the crews …

Smoking Rooms of the Gilded Age

Smoking Rooms of the Gilded Age

Grandeur was not the standard in American homes when Ruggles Sylvester Morse planned his Portland, Maine, show house in the late 1850s. Still Morse, a successful hotelier in New …

Tennis for Two

Tennis for Two

It is almost noon on a cement tennis court in Scottsdale, Arizona, and my biggest concern is, did my partner signal that he'd poach on my first serve or my second? I care about …

West 63rd Street Steakhouse

West 63rd Street Steakhouse

The name doesn't quite say it all. Yes, the West 63rd Street Steakhouse does serve steaks and it is on West 63rd Street. But is the White House merely an abode with a colorless …

Booming Burgundy Wine

Booming Burgundy Wine

It has been an incredible run--and it's not over yet. Never in living memory have we seen such a remarkable string of good Burgundy vintages. "It's really something," exults Becky …

Collectible Casino Chips

Collectible Casino Chips

It was December 31, 1958. New Year's Eve in Cuba. Thousands of partiers were gambling in the island's famous Havana casinos--among them the Flamingo, Riviera, Tropicana, Hilton …

Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy

Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy

The best thing about your room at the Hotel Danieli may not be the silken coverlet on the antique bed, or the ornate desk, or the rich Oriental carpeting on the parquet floors. …

La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California

La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California

As was true centuries ago, when the Spanish conquistadores were lured to Southern California's magical climate and landscape, it is still easy to be seduced by La Costa's coastal …

Long Tall Salley

Long Tall Salley

The Women's NBA Finals game blares out of the bar television at the Havana Club in Los Angeles, but no one's watching. Pictures of the stars and the humidors of the stars dominate …

Master of the Met

Master of the Met

It is a quintessentially glamorous New York moment. The lights in the huge gold-and-red auditorium begin to dim. The hum from the many-splendored crowd diminishes to an expectant …

Cool Threads For Summer

Cool Threads For Summer

"There are cloths today, the super 100s and 120s, that weigh as little as seven ounces, and are incredibly wrinkle-resistant. And they tailor well." The speaker is …

Gambling to Pay the Bills

Gambling to Pay the Bills

"Professional gambler." It's a contradiction in terms on the magnitude of "civil war." There's no such thing, right? In the long run, according to conventional wisdom, …

Golfing in Jamaica

Golfing in Jamaica

The young man was 20, but his eyes were older. Much older. They were dark, dark brown, pupils and iris merged into deep, mysterious pools. There seemed to be history in those …

Cigars

Havana Club, Baltimore

Havana Club, Baltimore

More than a year after the remodeling and opening of the third floor, patrons of Ruth's Chris Steak House in Baltimore can still go up the small elevator and be greeted by a …

CAO--A Family Affair

CAO--A Family Affair

CAO Offers Pipes, Humidors and Cigars. But Founder Cano A. Ozgener's Most Important Product is His Children

Cuba Quandary

Cuba Quandary

As Cubans Increase Cigar Production, the Quality is Starting to Suffer

Great Moments

Great Moments

It was 1957. As was our annual habit, my grandparents, two uncles and their families and my family had been in Miami Beach, away from the chill and gray of Cleveland since …

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Partagas Corona

Issue Date: June 1, 1998
Partagas Corona
92
points

Flor de Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra

Issue Date: June 1, 1998
Flor de Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra
91
points
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Corona Maduro
90
points

Bahia Maduro 1990 Vintage Robusto

Issue Date: June 1, 1998
Bahia Maduro 1990 Vintage Robusto

Up Front

The Golden Age Is Now

The Golden Age Is Now

You would think the end was near. Financial writers are suggesting that the cigar boom is over and cigar stocks are overpriced. The critics are kibitzing about the report by the …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, On Christmas Eve 1997, my girlfriend of 2 1/2 years and I agreed to open our gifts from one another. I had picked out a stunning business suit for her and knew …

The Good Life

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