Episode 463: Alec Bradley Sanctum

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BACKGROUND: Introduced in 2014, Alec Bradley Sanctum finally hit the shelves in the middle of June 2015. Sanctum continues Alec Bradley’s commitment and tradition of producing fine premium cigars at an affordable price point.

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Available in in boxes of 20 and in four sizes including, a 6 x 52 Toro, a 6 x 60 Gordo, an 8.5 x 60 Double Gordo, and the size I’m featuring today, the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.

FEATURED LIBATION: The name Old Grand-Dad is reference to a real person. In fact, it refers to a distiller by the name of Basil Hayden who began distilling whiskey in the late 1700’s in Nelson County, KY. Old Grand-Dad series of bourbons were first bottled in 1882. It comes in two versions, an 80-proof and a 114-proof. The 114 is 57% ABV and is a straight bourbon with no age statement, so at least 4 years old.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about his new custom made knife (See photo below)
  • Labor Day

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Alec Bradley Cigars
Old Grand Dad bourbon
Curtis-Albert Poppenberg: capoprn@gmail.com
Albert-Curtis Knife Art: Facebook
ArtShop Central Coast

Episode 452: Doc’s 9th Annual Central Coast Herf

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BACKGROUND: For the past 9 years I have hosted a party at my home during late May to early June. This informal gathering, which saw just 6 attendees during the first year, is now limited to 50 attendees and has a wait list for future events.

This event has evolved into what is now called: Doc’s Central Coast Herf. The Herf is invitation-only and has regulars from around the state and the nation. From morning to night, over the course of three days, guests are treated to great cigars, great food and great libations.

There were 25 sponsors this year, ranging from cigar companies and retail shops, to wineries, breweries, accessory makers and more. A total of 890 cigars were donated to the event, along with 318 raffle prizes.

This week’s show will take you vicariously back to Herf weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds that made this year’s event such a success. Over the course of the next hour, you will gain the general flavor of the herf by hearing a number of interviews and listening in on the fun.

Click here to see all photos at the 2015 Herf Photo Slideshow

SPONSORS: CIGAR PRODUCERS
AJ Fernandez
Alec Bradley Cigar Co
Punch Signature
Dignity Cigars
Drew Estate
Ventura Cigar Company
Nomad Cigar Company
Cubanacan Cigars
Altadis
Fox Cigar Bar: Gilbert, AZ Caldwell Cigar Co.
SPONSORS: WINERIES/BREWERIES
Michael Rose Cellars
Barrelhouse Brewing
Roxo Port Cellars
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards Daou Winery
SPONSORS: CIGAR RETAILERS – DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL/OTHER
Media Fiasco Podcat Kick Ass Cigar Tools Cigars of Habanos
The Boss Cigars
Stogie Fresh

Episode 418 Crush & Roll West 2014: Recap

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BACKGROUND: Crush & Roll West, the Central Coast’s premiere cigar, wine and beer festival was in top form this past September 5th and 6th. The 6th annual event broke all attendance records as 780 attendees walked through the gates over the event weekend, representing a 23% growth over 2013 and an average of over 20% growth each and every year!

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Crush & Roll 2014 drew a total of 60 cigar, wine, beer, spirits and lifestyle vendors and 23 other local sponsors that contributed in various ways. Along with the burgeoning number of vendors, the layout of the event expanded as well. The majority of vendors were placed under an enormous 80 by 100-foot tent and the rest of the venue expanded in all directions of the compass.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Doc Interviews Christina Fontecchio, one of the organizers of Crush & Roll West

THANKS TO OUR MANY GENEROUS SPONSORS

OUR PREMIERE PARTNERS
Davidoff XHA-smbanner Roxo-Cellars
CIGAR PROVIDERS
Asylum Cigars Dignity Oliva Cigar Co.
Alec Bradley Cigars Don Vicente Cigars Intl. Partagás
Boutique Blends/Aging Rm Drew Estate Tabacalera Falto
Boyd’s Tobacco/Knockout La Palina Tarazona Cigars
Cesar Cigars La Sirena Ventura Cigar/Project 805
Chinnock Cellars Cigars Moscato Cigars
Davidoff Cigars My Father Cigars
WINE, BEER & SPIRITS PROVIDERS
August Ridge Vineyards Kaleidos Sharp’s Hill Vineyards
Barrelhouse Brewing Kelsey See Canyon Stone Brewing
Bowen’s Whiskey Libertine Pub Summerwood Winery
Bianchi Vineyards Michael Gill Cellars The Bruery
Broken Earth Winery Nuvino Tolo Winery
Cass Vineyard & Winery Paso Port Wine Company Wente Family Estates
Changala Winery Powell Mountain Cellars Zaca Mesa Winery
Dubost Roxo Port Cellars
Figueroa Mtn Brewery Sculpterra Winery
LIFESTYLE VENDORS
A-9 Designs Jewelry Plexus Slim Sunrun Solar
Chop Top Bottle Co. Purgatory Humidors The Boss Cigars
Cigar Box Purses Robert Michelson Inc. The Shirt Peddler
Eclipse Musical Instruments Sculpterra Artist
Love Crystal Succulents Sealoha Designs
MB Trading Sterling Silver SLO Co. Brand
Miner’s Mix Stogies & Stemware Art
OTHER SPONSORS
Ameripride J. Baker Photo San Miguel Lion’s Club
Best Western La Bellasera Smoke Magazine
Boveda Humidity Control Marathon Trading Co. Stogie Fresh Cigar Pub.
Burn 808 Michael Barry Band Tabacalera Falto
EOS Estate Winery Paso Robles Inn The Oaks Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Ice Company Ventura Cigar Company
Holiday Inn Express Pozo River Bottom Band

Episode 416 Alec Bradley Black Market Torpedo

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BACKGROUND: Handmade in Nestor Plasencia’s Tabacos de Oriente factory in Danli, Honduras, the Alec Bradley Black Market cigars are dark and sultry and are a popular pick from Alec Bradley.

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The Black Market comes in 6 sizes and pricing for the torpedos clocks in at a box price of around $7.08/stick and at $7.50/cigar for a 5-pack.

This week’s featured stogie is, the 6.1 inch by 54 ring gauge Black Market Torpedo.

FEATURED LIBATION: 2011 Roxo Red
Jeff Steele, owner of Roxo Port Cellars, called this wine a Super Tuscan. It is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Jeff uses grapes that are grown in the Paso Robles appellation in California.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Roxo bottling day
  • Roxo Red Wines
  • Tasting the Crush & Roll Magnus Port
  • Crush & Roll West quick announcement: We lost one cigar brand and gained another. Veritas will not be at CRW, but Alec Bradley will.

REGULAR SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady with Christina Fontecchio
This week, Christina talks with Jayson about Crush & Roll West 2014

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Alec Bradley
Roxo Port Cellars

OUR SPONSORS:
Bombay Tobak
Macanudo
Cigar Bandits
BuyDiscountCigars.com
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Stogie Rate 4.3 Cigar Inventory Software for PC/Mac