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Joseph Wagner
2021 September/October

Q&A with Joseph Wagner

Joseph Wagner has made a name for himself by consistently bringing quality pinot noirs to market since he followed in the footsteps of four generations …

Norman Van Aken
2020 March / April

If Hemingway were a Chef…

Norman Van Aken is widely known as the father of New World Cuisine. The Midwestern chef found his voice in a Key West kitchen and …

Q&A with Nestor Andrés Plasencia
2020 January / February

Q&A with Nestor Andrés Plasencia

Q&A with Nestor Andrés Plasencia We met Nestor Andrés Plasencia at his factory cigar lounge in Estelí Nicaragua for a conversation about his hometown, tobacco …

Emmitt Smith on cigars, family, giving back, championships and life after football

Emmitt Smith on cigars, family, giving back, championships and life after football

Emmitt Smith’s résumé is impressive. NFL Hall of Fame, three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys (1993, 1994, 1996), NFL record for most all-time rushing …

Burn by Rocky Patel

Ep. 0001: Hamlet Paredes on success in Cuban cigars and starting over in the land of the free

In this first episode of the Cigar Snob podcast, we head to Naples, Florida for an interview with Hamlet Paredes, the blender behind Rocky Patel …


Interview: Jesús Fuego on his first year in a new factory and the future of J. Fuego cigars

by Nicolás Antonio Jiménez Close to a year ago, J. Fuego shifted from having their cigars made by Plasencia to producing them at their very …

Azarías Mustafa

An interview with the owners of Córdoba & Morales Cigars

You’d be hard pressed to find nicer people in the cigar industry than Emille and Azarías Mustafa, the husband-and-wife team behind Córdoba & Morales Cigars. Earlier …

Aging Room Cigars

Video: Rafael Nodal on why cigars make travel, relationships, and politics better

Rafael Nodal, the guy behind brands like Aging Room and Swag, dropped by our office recently. He gave us his thoughts on why cigars make …

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