September/October 2013
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Stanley Tucci • September/October 2013

Stanley Tucci's biggest passions are acting, cooking and smoking. Read about this Renaissance man in the October issue of Cigar Aficionado. Also, we look at the 11 PGA golfers who won their first tournament this year, and we examine how investors are again looking at Las Vegas in a positive light. And, we offer our yearly NFL preview. Plus, editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken remembers the late James Gandolfini; and senior editor David Savona brings us into the world of Connecticut Broadleaf.

Features

An Appetite for Life

An Appetite for Life

Stanley Tucci takes a bite of the first offering in what will be an entire lunch consisting of appetizers at ABC Kitchen near Manhattan’s Union Square—and his eyes widen. …

Remembering James Gandolfini

Remembering James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini’s star trailer was simple. Positioned right outside Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York, where many scenes for the HBO hit series “The Sopranos” were filmed, …

Their First Time

Their First Time

When Russell Henley won the PGA Tour’s second tournament of the season, the Sony Open in Hawaii, he not only signaled his own stellar presence in the golf world, but established a …

True Believers

True Believers

Two years ago, I was in Las Vegas reporting a story when a publicist from MGM Resorts International compelled me to take a meeting with Chuck Bowling, president of Mandalay …

Cigar Aficionado's 2013 NFL Preview

Cigar Aficionado's 2013 NFL Preview

1. New England Patriots If any franchise can weather the Aaron Hernandez storm, it’s the Patriots (four consecutive division crowns, 10 straight seasons with at least 10 wins). …

America's Whiskey

America's Whiskey

There used to be a standard scene in film noir and Western movies that had a hard-bitten private eye or a cowboy dusty from the trail walking into a bar and ordering a Bourbon or …

Watches of the Year

Watches of the Year

Once again this year, watchmakers rolled out an array of six- and seven-figure timepieces for the world’s elite collectors. Such timepieces as A. Lange & Söhne’s $2 million-pl…

Cigars

Tar Heel Tomboy

Tar Heel Tomboy

Ashlan Gorse reached the top of celebrity journalism, and is now looking for a new challenge

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Rugged, dark Connecticut broadleaf is getting increasing respect as a wrapper for handmade, premium cigars

The Fat Cigar Trend Spreads to Cuba

The Fat Cigar Trend Spreads to Cuba

Once relegated to waistbands south of 50 ring gauge, Havana cigars are bulking up. The movement that’s long rocked the rest of the tobacco world has caught on in Cuba after the …

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Cohiba Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2013
Cohiba Robusto
93
points

Montecristo No. 2

Issue Date: October 1, 2013
Montecristo No. 2
93
points

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9

Issue Date: October 1, 2013
Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9
92
points

Oliva Serie O Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2013
Oliva Serie O Churchill

Up Front

The State of Cigars

The State of Cigars

Every so often, we like to step back to reflect on what’s happening in the world of cigars. The answer today is pretty simple. The state of the cigar business is excellent. We …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I specialize in boutique brands that don’t necessarily have the money to advertise in Cigar Aficionado and are never rated, let alone mentioned. As a business …

The Good Life

Made For You, October 2013

Made For You, October 2013

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The “Made for You” section celebrates those items that are …

Offbeat Humidors

Offbeat Humidors

Macassar ebony is a classic finish that says humidors.With rich, dark colors it's the natural choice for alpha males who make their offices and lounges into curtained, mahogany …

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

Few cars have had such a dramatic impact on the shape of things to come. More than a half century after its debut, the Jaguar E-Type still looks surprisingly timeless, which may …

Wing Tips

Wing Tips

Wing tips are, in many ways, the aging pop idols of a previous generation: they’re constantly lampooned for more embarrassing moments in their long history, and scoffed at by …

Gritti Palace, Venice

Gritti Palace, Venice

Venice’s storied Gritti Palace—which recently reopened after an extensive 15-month, $55-million renovation—has seen its share of updates since the Pisani family constructed the …

Sweetbreads

Sweetbreads

When I asked a friend if she’d ever had sweetbreads, she told me she’d once eaten pound cake. Alas, the reaction to sweetbreads is often extreme—love ’em, hate ’em, or find …

The Only Green

The Only Green

How would you like to recreate the exact break of Adam Scott’s winning putt at the 2013 Masters? Or putt the very line and break that Phil Mickelson had at Merion’s 16th hole …

Whiskey Glasses

Whiskey Glasses

We’re the first to admit that we’ve sampled and enjoyed whiskey in all kinds of vessels from cut crystal to Flintstone jelly jars, but in the context of appreciating fine spirits, …

Moon Phases

Moon Phases

At once permanent and ever changing, the moon has captivated man for eons, guiding our rituals and daring us to dream. As the basis of our calendar, the moon naturally drew the …

Swann Helicopters

Swann Helicopters

However you fall on the complex issue of the government’s use of drones, you may want to consider having your own—in the form of a remote-controlled Swann helicopter, that is. …

Fly on a Trapeze

Fly on a Trapeze

If you’re a daring young man (or woman), part of the dream of running away with the circus probably includes taking a swing on the flying trapeze. But with a proliferation of …