This 6X54 release from Arturo Fuente is a delicious, well constructed cigar from the Dominican Republic. I’m pretty sure I mentionedthis a few weeks back when I talked about having Thomas at Grants hold back two more for me. I tried hard to find them online and I’ve failed.
The taste from the aged wrapper is mellow, smooth and honestly reminds me of cotton candy. This is a medium bodied cigar that would pair well with a fno or manzania sherry, or equally well with a bourbon or rich aged port.
Yeah, I smoked that fucker to the nub!
This is a pale colored wine with vibrant grapefruit flavors and a rich mouthfeel. Lasting, acidity finish complements the lush flavors that arise from swirling it in the glass. Long legs for appearance and a lush mouthfeel help add to an experience that will leave wine drinkers pleased and craving for more. This easy to drink sauvignon blanc from Napa valley is easily enjoyable with a light bodied cigar, roasted duck legs and duck flavored rice with ginger sauce.
Cornerstone Cellars Website
Nothing spectacular so far this week but I have had a few interesting morsels of goodness come my way in the form of wine, hard liquor and cigars!
Elmer T Lee bourbon – This offering from Ancient Ange Distilling Co. in Kentucky has a nice caramel with a smooth taste. It’s high rye blend with some mild vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Had a long finish that paired well with my cigar. Golden color with a reddish tint. Inexpensive bourbon (about $24 for 750ml from )
Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir – A very light bodied australian pinot noir with bright cherry and soft mouthfeel that delivers plenty of acidity and a light to medium finish. Bright red with purple color in the glass. Tasted at Occidental Cigar Bar in San Francisco. $12 a glass there, $16.00 a bottle at The Wine Outlet
Arturo Fuente Rosado R54 – 6 1/4 X 54 smoke that I enjoyed over two hours at Grants. I had to pick up two more to lay down as the box disappeared almost as soon as Thomas opened it. For a little more than $11 a stick in the B/M shop, this is a cigar with medium flavors of sweetness due to the 10 year old aged Ecuadorian wrapper and blended with a Domiinican filler that is allowed to age for another year. Creamy, pleasant, with an easy draw and perfect construction.
That’s been what I’ve had for the week that held my interest. Look out for a wine review of the 2004 Legends Merlot from Larry Bird and legendary napa valley producer Mitch Cosetino, the ’04 Cabernet Sauvignon from the same, and a review of an impressive spirit called Dimmi Liquor Di Milano!
April is Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Month
To celebrate and raise awareness, we are offering EMMA & RILEY’s EMERGENCY RELIEF on SALE for the month of April!
For this month only, receive 10% off the regular price ($19.80 per bottle, regularly $22.00) AR Wine club members can add that 10% to their regular discount.
10% Case Discounts apply for everyone.
(Zin, Syrah, Merlot, Cab)
$19.80 PER BOTTLE during April/ $17.60 PER BOTTLE WHEN YOU BUY A CASE
AR WINE CLUB PRICE: $ 15.40 PER BOTTLE during April/ $13.20 PER BOTTLE WHEN YOU BUY A CASE
In addition to that great deal, $2 of every ER bottle sold at this sale will go to Woods Humane Society
to help find homes for local dogs and cats.
Speaking of Woods , join us next weekend , April 10-11 for
WINE 4 PAWS
At AR and participating wineries, we will donate 10% of the weekend’s proceeds to Woods!
URL for Wine4Paws
I picked up the Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) last week from Tobacco Road on a whim when I had a few extra dollars. At a price of $17 a stick (Grants has the same size slightly cheaper) it’s not something most of us can afford to smoke on an every day basis but I did say I’d review higher end sticks 🙂
I picked up the Corona Gorda at a size of 5 3/4 X 46 and clipped the end. Upon the first taste I noticed a rather airy, light draw from the cigar, similar to the Padron 2000 stick (that to me indicates a looser wrapping). The construction of the cigar was firm and solid, though I was a little scared as the wrapper holds a pretty brown color but feels slightly dry.
The cigar held firm the entire smoke! Creamy notes on the first third with an almost white ash held my attention. The flavor profile later became a tad spicy but still deliciously creamy all the way until very end when I damn near smoked my fingers off! Slight cedar notes were prominent on the last third.
Ashton VSG Cigars page
I intend to get a good bang for my buck as the last stick of the month so we’ll see what comes up from Grants!
This Argentinian Malbec has a deep rich red color and a bright berry nose. Rich fruit with a tannic body, this wine would pair perfectly with a pepper steak. Vanilla notes mix with pleasant fruit. A nice medium slightly dry finish completes the Renovales Malbec.
Picked this up from Grocery Outlet for about $3 and the retail is just at $14.99.
Been a week since the last update and I thought since I haven’t drank or smoked anything noteworthy, I’d just take a moment to share what I have been drinking and smoking.
First, yesterday at Grants I smoked the Triumfador by Tatuaje. I understand it’s roughly the same or similiar blend to the La Riqueza (which I need to review for this blog!) and the round of opinions from the guys who smoked it found it pleasant and and “excellent cigar.” I had to agree. Construction was solid, the wrapper held some oily notes along with that signature flavor profile by master blender Don “Pepin” Garcia. I’ll be smoking another one Saturday more than likely. Thanks Pete Johnson!
Oh, at Tobacco Road I finally picked up an Ashton VSG Sungrown. Heard this was a nice smoke and at $17 a stick, it’s blog worthy based on my standards. I’ll report that soon!
I picked up pipe smoking a few weeks back and am enjoying that but haad to deal with the learning curve. Thankfully one of the gents i smoke with has offered to introduce me to some of the finer points on pipe smoking. Btw I picked up a Perot pipe for about $35 from Grants.
This week I’ve had Murrietta’s Well Meritage which doesn’t qualify for the blog (I think it retails for about $15 a bottle) but was a delightful wine to drink. Full of structure, nice tannins and flavor, this 2005 release is one i’ll pick up a few more bottles of. Thank you Livermore Valley, California!
Also this week we had GMH Verdelho from Australia. Geoff M. Hardy’s 2006 release shows bright fruit, acidity and some tartness on this well made South Australian wine.
Of note, was a new thing I might add to the blog. Beer reviews. My girlfriend picked up Three Philsopher’s belgian style ale. Bright flavors with a typical belgian style profile and fruit held nicely on the palate with a medium finish.
Guess that’s it for now.
As always, cheers!
How many cigars do you smoke in a week? How many drinks do you consume in a day?
I ask this question for curiousity’s sake as well as to see where I fit in the moderation spectrum. You see, I recently upped the number of cigars I’ve had in a week from 4 to about 6 and maintained my drink count at 4 drinks a day. Usually two glasses of wine, two scotches.
I asked a few of the smokers I hang out with about their smoking habits and found that most seem to hover around 3-4 cigars a day. If I smoked that much I’d never get anything done!
My cigars and pipe are a relaxing thing for me that keeps me out of the office. Cigars require me to leave the house and be outside at least long enough to head to BART to go to Grants or Tobacco Road. Or at the very least I can sit ont he lake and light up.
Regarding drinks, I just never thought about why I can’t have four drinks in a day. The wine and last scotch of the night is centered around a hearty meal and the early drink I have with lunch.
I drink plenty of water, tea and juice. I eat fairly well and beileve in a good diet all around –which should include fine scotch and cigars!
What say you?
A gold colored wine in the glass possesses just about the chalkiest flavors on a medium finish I have ever tastsed. Made in Tasmania, Australia, the lack of usage in wood really allows for the grapes to show a different side. Stone fruit on the nose was faint but present.
Served with catfish, jasmine rice and edamame, the pairing wasn’t “too” far off.
For a $12 bottle, this wasn’t too bad. Yeah, I know it doesn’t really fit the blog’s suggested price range either but we ARE open to reviewing free wine…
From South Eastern Austrailia, this wine boasts balanced tannins and chocolate on the palate with a creamy oak feel in the mouth. A medium bodied Cab from Aussie Vineyards. A ripe berry nose that opens up after time. Paired well with steak covered in african spice mixture and fried potato slices.
This wine is priced at just under $20 but I picked it up for less at Grocery Outlet.