Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado July/August 2018

Cigar Aficionado is a magazine for the man who enjoys life’s great pleasures: fine dining and entertaining, the finest wines and spirits, world travel and the arts. At the heart of every issue is the cigar: what to smoke, where to smoke, and how to enjoy a great smoke.

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2 Min.
place your bets

Gentlemen, you can bet. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court finally put an end to the longstanding ban on sports betting in most U.S. states. The court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down the 1992 law that made betting on sports illegal in every state save for Nevada. While that law is 26 years old—as old as this magazine—Washington’s war on sports betting goes back far longer, to the days prior to World War II. American citizens have long been denied the legal right to easily place a bet on baseball, football, basketball and other games. The antiquated law did nothing to stop sports betting, of course—it simply made it against the law. An estimated $150 billion to $200 billion is bet annually on sports, the vast majority of it illegal. Sports…

4 Min.
out of the humidor

“As I was about halfway through the terrific piece on Churchill, I turned back to learn the author’s name—Jon Meacham. Absolutely first rate.” —Ken Platzer, New York, New York Dear Marvin, I want to congratulate you on another marvelous edition of your magazine. I particularly enjoyed each of the Churchill articles. I have read several biographies of him and there seems to be no end to the stories and revelations of the incredible character that he was. I thoroughly enjoyed the cigar perspective [“Smoking and Drinking Like Churchill,” May/June 2018] as this is an angle that I had not read about, at least from the point of view of those who know cigars. I must say that I burst out laughing at the segment that stated he “smoked a staggering amount of…

2 Min.
devialet wireless hi-fi speaker

There’s no ignoring the futuristic curves and curiously ornate front grill of the Devialet Gold Phantom wireless speaker. It does, after all, look suspiciously like something that’s fallen off a NASA space station and gone adrift. But once you hear its dense, powerful bass, its precise midrange and its clean sonic purity, you’ll realize that you’re in the company of perhaps the finest-sounding wireless speaker to ever land in the realm of audio gadgetry As otherworldly as it may seem to be, the Devialet Gold Phantom ($2,990) came not from outer space, but from France. It was there, after 10 years of research, that Devialet’s engineering team devised an analog-digital hybrid speaker. Its Class A analog amplifier is what achieves that coveted natural, analog sound. Several assisting Class D digital amplifiers…

2 Min.
the ocean house, watch hill, rhode island

On the southernmost point of Rhode Island, on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic, is the town of Watch Hill. Perched on a bluff, high above a gorgeous beach, sits the Ocean House. It’s a spectacular building, more than 146 feet tall, massive and dominant as you pull around the bend, with a look straight from the Victorian Age. Grand buildings of this sort once dotted the Rhode Island Coast, and the original Ocean House welcomed its first guests in 1868. It fell into disrepair, and was closed in 2003, with plans to replace it. The new Ocean House—created to replicate the original design, with all 247 windows in their original positions and some 5,000 arti-facts salvaged from the original—opened in 2010, and in 2012 joined Relais & Châteaux. While the…

2 Min.
alfa romeo stelvio quadrifoglio

In a world of plain vanilla sport-utility vehicles, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a tasty serving of stracciatella. As it shares the underpinnings of the automaker’s Guilia sedan, the Italian maker’s first SUV is one of the rare examples in the category that puts the accent on the word, “sport.” It takes but a few laps on the Circuit of the Americas, the serpentine Formula One track out-side of Austin, Texas, to realize this Italian beauty has more than just good looks. With its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 punching out a blistering 505 horsepower, we blast out of COTA’s Turn 20 and push close to its top speed of 176 mph. The reason it takes almost as long to say the name as it does to go from 0 to 60 (3.6…

2 Min.
the cowboy hat

During his Oscar-nominated performance in Murphy’s Romance, James Garner mentors two younger patrons in an Arizona general store concerning cowboy hats. “It doesn’t matter how you bend it. It’s how you wear it,” he explains. Worn on the back of the head means you like people. Tipped on the side, you’re a rooster looking for a young lady or a fight. Worn square and down on the forehead says, “‘Get off the sidewalk and clear a path, ’cuz you’re cocked and ready to fire.” According to Heather Harding, of AzTex Hat Co. in Scottsdale, he should have added a few other qualities, such as the style of hat (the cowboy genre comprises many) and where it will be worn (they are seen everywhere from golf courses to boardrooms now) as well…