If you seem knowledgeable of food and wine pairings, people will think you are elegant and elite. The way to seem even better is by knowing the best cigars to pair with them. Whether you’re trying to impress a date, family member, or business associate, this blog is here to help you be an expert!
Château Peymouton 2012 Bordeaux Wine with a Briarmont Classic Maduro Cigar and Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks
This wine is a classic Bordeaux with notes of blackberry and spice. It’s smooth and supple flavor will leave your palate drooling for more. The cigar has a nutty and coffee quality enriched with notes of spiciness, which will complement the Bordeaux as an after-dinner smoke. The lamb shank recipe also calls for a bottle of red wine, allowing you to choose its flavor profile. In order to best suit the Bordeaux and cigar, use a cheap Merlot or Cabernet. This will produce a complex sauce for the tender lamb shanks that will meld well with the Bordeaux and cigar.
Chianti Docg Castiglioni Wine with a La Aroma de Cuba and Spaghetti and Meatballs
This Italian wine calls for the classic Italian meal of spaghetti and meatballs. Both the cigar and wine have a medium body and smooth flavor. The chianti’s floral notes complement the earthiness of the cigar as well as the tomato sauce. For the best flavor, add a splash of the chianti to the tomato sauce as it heats. This pairing matches the simplistic elements of the meal and cigar to the chianti’s elegant taste without overpowering it.
Beringer White Zinfandel Wine with a Flavored Cigar and a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Tart
White Zin is a classic dessert wine. It’s dry-to-sweet with raspberry aromas and notes of vanilla, citrus, and berry. These qualities make it the perfect match to a flavored cigar such as Cherry Jubilee from Custom Tobacco. This cigar has a light body which won’t overpower the luxurious flavors from the tart. The dessert flavor will echo from the tart to the White Zin to the cigar, submerging your taste buds in a burst of fruity and sweet flavors.
Yellowtail Pink Moscato Wine with a Nub Cafe Macchiato 438 Cigar and a Walnut Goat Cheese Salad
The Yellowtail Pink Moscato is very sweet, with notes of strawberry, sherbet, and green apple; it’s basically a dessert, perfectly fitting the Nub Cafe’s flavor profile which is full of chocolate and coffee to round out the dessert portion of your meal. Because both the cigar and pink moscato are sweet, this Walnut Goat Cheese salad balances out the sweet with a little bit of savory flavor. This pairing is perfect for a night watching the Bachelor with all your friends. Smoking a stogie is the perfect activity for judging outfits and the wild behavior of reality TV.
Chardonnais Napa Valley Chardonnay with a Briarmont Classic Connecticut Cigar and Shrimp Scampi
The chardonnay is smooth and light flavor with hints of fruit and lemongrass, complementing the slightly sweet flavor of the cigar. The cigar itself is creamy and complex, mixing with the many aromas of the chardonnay to build each other up. Chardonnay is also fermented in oak which pairs well with this cigar’s woody notes. The wine and cigar will both accentuate the creaminess of the shrimp scampi, especially if you use the chardonnay in the recipe. The scampi’s smooth and buttery finish also lends itself to the smooth, creaminess of the cigar.
Nik Weis Urban Riesling with a Briarmont Reserve Habano and Tom Kha Gai Soup
This riesling is fruity with layers of honey which pairs with the spicy cigar to create a dynamic interplay of flavors for your mouth. Furthermore, the cigar closely resembles a Cuban cigar with a strong, woody profile as a true treat for yourself. Since the cigar has such a strong taste which accents the rieslings milder impression, the perfect food pairing is a simple Tom Kha Gai soup. This soup is tangy yet creamy which creates a light flavor that does not overwhelm the palate.
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