Get 1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for Just $14.95 + A Free Gift!

November/December 2008
In this issue

Daniel Craig • November/December 2008

In the latest Cigar Aficionado we go behind-the-scenes on the set of the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solaceto interview Daniel Craig. We also take a look at what has helped the 007 franchise last for 55 years. In addition, we speak with golfer Rocco Mediate, the man who almost slew Tiger Woods in the last U.S. Open. Also, read about an online poker scam and whether or not it's a good idea for athletes to leave college to go pro.

Features

Bond Reinvented

Bond Reinvented

London's famed Pinewood Studios is abuzz. Not only is the colossal 007 soundstage—the largest in the world—engulfed in flames and pyrotechnic explosions for the harrowing climax …

More Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: Playing <br />on One Good Knee

More Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: Playing
on One Good Knee

I watched the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines from a special vantage point. I was on my couch, recovering from knee surgery 10 days earlier with my left leg elevated, icing it off and …

Rocco's Revenge

Rocco's Revenge

This is how life—life after the U.S. Open playoff last June with Tiger Woods—sometimes seems to Rocco Mediate: He grabs a "White Lightning" at the Starbucks next to a movie …

Gunning for Cheats

Gunning for Cheats

David Paredes put himself through law school by playing online poker. After landing a plum job in the financial sector, he continued to play, and profited nicely. Despite viewing …

On the Fast Track

On the Fast Track

The 2008 NCAA men's basketball final was careening toward a historic, youth-will-be-served moment. It appeared the kids would rule. Nineteen-year-old freshman guard Derrick Rose …

The Bucket List

The Bucket List

When one thinks of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, many things come to mind but none more so than an African safari. Combining nature with adventure, safaris have been popular …

Time Under Pressure

Time Under Pressure

In the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun , Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell wears a watch manufactured by one of the most famous pilot's brands in modern history. The film came out before big …

Beyond the Call

Beyond the Call

My first cell phone was a Motorola MicroTac, purchased around 1990. It was battleship gray, weighed about three quarters of a pound and did something amazing—it let me place calls …

Cigars

The Happiest Mayor in America

The Happiest Mayor in America

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is flamboyant, outspoken and an unabashed lover of fine cigars.

An Interview with Tim Ozgener

An Interview with Tim Ozgener

C.A.O. International Inc. has now been in business for 40 years, evolving from making pipes to producing cigars.

Jammin' in Las Vegas

Jammin' in Las Vegas

Two Cigar Aficionado editors. Two cigarmakers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The game: a smoke-off.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Juan Lopez Selección No. 2

Issue Date: December 1, 2008
Juan Lopez Selección No. 2
93
points

Litto Gomez Diez Chisel Puro

Issue Date: December 1, 2008
Litto Gomez Diez Chisel Puro
92
points

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto

Issue Date: December 1, 2008
Casa Magna Colorado Robusto
92
points

Don Pepin Garcia Lancero

Issue Date: December 1, 2008
Don Pepin Garcia Lancero

Up Front

Cigar Rights of America

Cigar Rights of America

There was a buzz on the rooftop terrace in Lower Manhattan in mid-August and a cloud of smoke. The event was the kickoff for a new cigar smokers organization, Cigar Rights of …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, It is a pleasure to read a magazine that reads like a book, i.e., the articles do not require a "turn to page …" after each page. The interviews are the best, most …

The Good Life

Tivoli NetWorks

Tivoli NetWorks

Before I tried Tivoli NetWorks I thought my local jazz station was a waste. The signal was on-again-off-again and the announcers were self-styled musicologists intent on killing …

Esperanza

Esperanza

When Jennifer Aniston needed to retreat from the public eye during the holiday season a few years ago, she chose a resort known for its attention to luxury as well as privacy. …

Tommy Bahama Smoking Kit

Tommy Bahama Smoking Kit

The essentials of cigar travel are fairly simple: case, cutter, lighter. But even these few bare necessities can quickly encumber your pockets, so Tommy Bahama, the celebrated …

Lamb Crown Roast

Lamb Crown Roast

The crown roast of lamb, those delicate chops capped with signature little white paper toques, makes an arresting centerpiece for any holiday table. But keep the guest list short. …

Formal Shoes

Formal Shoes

It's bemusing that many style-conscious men who seem to know the right thing to wear for any occasion do not have a pair of formal shoes. They own their own tuxedo and wouldn't …

The Bobby Jones-Pelz Wedge Collection

The Bobby Jones-Pelz Wedge Collection

If you watch a lot of PGA Tour golf on television, you see something every amateur wishes he could do, but few can reliably achieve: the ball lands on a green, seems to pause for …

Cartier in Pink

Cartier in Pink

This fall Cartier goes large on pink gold, offering special-edition watches in three of its popular lines: Santos, Ballon Bleu and Roadster. The tinted gold alloy continues to be …

Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin DBS

When the James Bond franchise was reborn, with Daniel Craig in the lead, it restored a fresh mix of refinement and grit to what had become, over the years, little more than a …

Côte-Rôtie

Côte-Rôtie

When it comes to powerful but stylish, mineral-driven Syrah, France's northern Rhône valley provides one-stop shopping, thanks to its clutch of top-flight appellations such as …

Truffle Hunting in Piedmont

Truffle Hunting in Piedmont

Ever since I can remember I have been besotted with truffles. My pilgrimage to paradise took me straight to Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy, home to one of life's most …