Posts tagged The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail
Posts tagged The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail
With Matt Brehony’s permission we have reprinted his article and added the cigar pairings of the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail. VAWACT has 15 members as of April 1, 2013 with a number of wineries in the pairing process. VAWACT and sponsor CigarVolante LLC (CV) will do over 40 events this year, from small winery events to large festivals, promoting the aesthetics of cigar smoking, a civilized indulgence.
I have become all that I hate. When my editor told me that, thanks to my articles, he went from “knowing nothing” about Virginia wine to feeling like he knew “too much,” I realized it was time for an abrupt about face.
Wine can be such an overwhelming topic, and I began this series with a rant about how much of the wine media exacerbates this option paralysis. But, in light of my editor’s comments, it dawns on me that maybe I’m just a little bit guilty of the same thing. With that in mind, let’s turn this ship back to ground zero (the ship is powered by mixed metaphors, BTW) with a Virginia Wine Primer.
A disclaimer: Never treat Virginia wine as a single entity. We have winemakers striving to emulate top European producers, winemakers striving to emulate the flavor of a chili dog, and pretty much everything in in-between. That being said, there are a handful of styles and varieties that you’ll encounter at almost every “serious” Virginia winery (spoiler alert: “Chili dog” is not one of them).
CV — What better place to highlight the synergy between cigars and wine than Virginia, the birthplace of the American tobacco industry, the new home of one of the fastest growing wine producing regions in the country, and a Wine Enthusiast Top 5 Wine Travel Destination for 2012.
Drinking wine and smoking cigars are similar aesthetics, marrying a combination of sensations; the bouquet of the wine, the room aroma of the cigar, the feel of a dry wine or a full smoke in your mouth or the complex flavors of either and both playing on your palate. Combine that with the camaraderie that goes along with the enjoyment of both and you describe the foundation for The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail.
Yeah, Virginia is there.
Review by Robert Davis in Cigar.com
Couple weekends back, we rode the big beemer bagger down to Rock Hall Merryland, to stroll through the Pirates and Wenches street fair, where we visited a booth manned by Cigar Volante, distributors of Panacea Cigars, made by I forget who in Central America, at the behest of Flatbed Cigar Company. Truly a dizzying array of brands and sources. However, from the two I have smoked so far, I have to say that the results are absolutely and unequivocally eximious. In modern parlance, da bom.
Beethovenfound, a 501(C)3, charitable corporation was created to utilize major symphony orchestras to help support people in need by organizing concerts to raise funds, provide entertainment, culture, and classical music education in a fun environment. It’s our way of saying, ’Thank You’ for their dedication and loyalty to the United States and the citizens they have pledged their lives to protect.
At the end of World War I and II our troops were welcomed home. Since the Korean War and the Vietnamese War our troops have not been respected to that degree nor honored for their service and their sacrifice. The Tribute to the Wounded Warrior is all about changing that.
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every U.S. soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every U.S. soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, there have been almost 42,000 injured in the two conflicts – nearly 32,000 injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and nearly 10,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom. Combine that with our Vietnam Vets and soldiers from other Wars and we have a large group of dedicated soldiers and servicemen that deserve our respect. They all need our help!
The Tribute to the Wounded Warrior on May 27 is a great way to show them that respect, to offer that help, and to get personally involved in supporting our warriors their activities, their music and their events. Join us and them on Memorial Day Sunday as we thank them for their service in support of our country. This is a lot better way to pay tribute than a parade!
The Virginia Renaissance Festival honors active and reservist military personnel by providing free admission this weekend to active and reserve service members. The Shire Tabagie, an Elizabethan Smoking Pub and THE place in Staffordshire for the discriminating Tabacconist (Elizabethan smoker) to replenish his artillery (smoking accessories) and tabac. We even have cigars, procured in trade with the Spanish!
The Virginia Renaissance and The Shire Tabagie will be running weekends through June 12.
CigarVolante is the exclusive cigar vendor at the Tribute to the Wounded Warrior on Sunday, May 27 at Great Meadows, The Plains, Virginia. In honor of the event, Panacea Cigars and CigarVolante commissioned the creation of The Peacemaker, a specially banded tribute cigar, The WWT Peacemaker, along with our full line of great cigars - the perfect complement to a day at the park.
Come cheer the Panacea-sponsored softball team - You will know us by our hats, and our cigars. Come and pay tribute to the troops that offered all and paid some so that we might live as we do! Come and and have free barbeque, free beer, great music, great cigars, and a great day at Great Meadows.
Buy a Cigar - Buy a Warrior a cigar and we will take $1 off the price of any cigar that you leave for a wounded warrior in the Thank You Box
Take a Cigar - If you are a wounded warrior, take a cigar from the Thank You Box. It is FREE!
Virginia Renaissance Festival through June 10
Vintage Virginia June 2-3
OpSail Cape Charles June 8-10
Fathers Day Saturday at DuCard Winery June 16
Fathers Day at Fabbioli Cellars June 17
BBQ, Bands and Brews, Palmyra, VA June 23
Summer Solstice Wine Festival, Lazy Days Winery June 23-24
…Also this week, Simone Bergese, Potomac Point’sWinemaker/Vineyard Manager and Ron Barker of CigarVolante, distributor of Panacea Cigars, conduct a cigar and wine pairing featuring Potomac Point’s new ruby port.
Thanks to Michele and Simone and the staff at Potomac Point for a fun evening.
Dale and Executive Producer Liz interview Ron Barker of CigarVolante, Paul Bush of Flatbed Cigars, (makers of Panacea cigars) and Katherine Dey of Bailey’s Pub & Grille in Virginia where theSouthside Cigar Club was holding an event sponsored by Pop’s Tobacco.
Topics includeThe Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail, the upcoming Tribute to the Wounded Warrior event and cigar pairings. Bob gives a special review of the ProCigar Festival in the Dominican Republic from which he just returned. (Click here to check out some of his pictures.) Listeners Chad Millerand Dan Crouch write in with a couple of cigar blending and flavor questions. The Cigar of the Week is the Alec Bradley Jazz. The Unbanded Cigar, the Perdomo Slow Aged 826 Natural Robusto, was provided by Dan Crouch.
Wine and cigar pairing may just be the next biggest trend. It’s a completely logical progression. After reviewing a few cigar descriptions you’ll see that much of the language is the same. You’ll hear mentions of aroma, finish and flavors when talking about cigars.
One group in Virginia is taking this trend to its full potential. Cigar Volante has partnered with Virginia wineries to produce the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail.
Cigar Volante founder, Ron Barker says, ” The pairing of cigars with fine wines found on the VA Wine Trail is totally natural. Especially when you consider Virginia’s rich history in tobacco.” And it seems many folk are sharing this opinion. Barker says he has seen more of what he refers to as the “opportunistic” cigar smoker now than ever before. Men and women alike who do not ordinarily smoke cigars are often intrigued by the aromatic cigars found on the wine trail and in turn give one or more a try. It’s exciting to see people enjoying wine in new ways.
Cigar Volante currently has five wineries in the trail and at each stop, you’ll find complimentary pairings in a laid back and friendly setting. These wines are paired with cigars from the Panacea Cigar line. These cigars are very aromatic and flavorful. The line includes mild to medium bodied cigars that pair well with even white wines. I’m a fan of dry Riesling so I picked up a Panacea Green Grande. This cigar is wrapped in Pennsylvania Broad leaf and has a Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. I haven’t tried it yet but am looking forward to it!
For more information and to view the full listing of wineries and cigars offered on the trail visit: The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail Also check out CigarMedia.tv – Episode 364 for a great interview with Paul Anctil, Sans Soucy Winery, owner and Winemaker.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine highlights Virginia as one of only three United States destinations to make the list of wine regions that are ideal for wine lovers to visit in 2012. Virginia was named along with regions in Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Hungary, Germany, France, Chile and two regions in California.
What better place to highlight the synergy between cigars and wine than Virginia, the birthplace of the American tobacco industry and the new home of one of the fastest growing wine producing regions in the country with over 200 wineries, and what better time than now after Wine Enthusiast has named Virginia as one of the top 10 wine travel destinations for 2012,
Link to DogWatch Cigar Radio Episode #364, the Cyber Herf at Sans Soucy Vineyards.