Episode 321: Bellaterra Black & Tan


DESCRIPTION: Pairing cigars with wine isn’t as easy as it may seem. Wines are complex, living products that sport a range of styles, as well as body, flavor and strength profiles. Cigars are very similar in their complexity and broad ranges of styles, and flavors.

Mike Murphy, Bellaterra Ranch

Mike Murphy, Bellaterra Ranch

Mike Murphy of Bellaterra Ranch in Franklin TN, has taken the guesswork out of pairing cigars and wine by offering a stable of cigars specifically blended to go with red wines.

For over 3 years, Mike and a blending focus group worked to find the perfect cigar blend. They compared Bellaterra’s unique blends against several leading blends from other companies. Finally, they were able to understand and produce cigars that compliment red wine and they have introduced these blends to the public under the Bellaterra label.

This week’s podcast will feature both Bellaterra cigars and wine as I match the new release Black & Tan cigar and pair it with the 2008 Bellaterra Syrah.

FEATURED LIBATION: Bellaterra 2008 Syrah
From the Bellaterra website… “This wine was matured in 100% New French oak. On the palate you’ll enjoy blackberry, blueberry, some raspberry jam, mocha, cocoa, tobacco, and a hint of spice; its full bodied and mouth filling yet has a gentle, caring feel to it. This wine should evolve effortlessly for 8-10 years.”

• Doc’s rant on personal responsibility and free will.

CroMagnon EMH

Today’s postscript review is on the CroMagnon EMH, which I first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 257 on Sunday, January 30, 2011. They have now been resting for 1 year, 6-months in my humidor and I smoked my last two samples for this review.

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