Monday, May 19, 2014

California Dreaming

Can you feel it? Yes, it's true, this long harsh winter is finally gone and the warmth of Spring is upon us. Now, I can actually enjoy a cigar outside.

As I have stated in previous posts, I am very lucky to be a photographer in the cigar industry. Besides getting to try some wonderful cigars, I also get to meet the people behind those cigars. One of those is Daniel Marshall, a person in the industry who I greatly respect and admire.

So this weeks pairing is:
 Daniel Marshall Red Label
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cigar: Daniel Marshall is probably best known for his beautiful humidors. One could be seen in photographs on Arnold Schwarzenegger's Gubernatorial desk. His passion for beautifully crafted humidors is now evident in his line of cigars. Famous for the 24K Gold wrapped cigar, he also has a Red Label line of cigars that is a true premium cigar. Rated 91 in Cigar Journal and 89 in Cigar Aficionado, this cigar did not disappoint me at all.

The Red Label cigars are made from choice tobaccos and it boasts premium Nicaraguan wrapper, binder and filler from different regions of Nicaragua giving this cigar it's complexity. The cigar had an excellent draw with very creamy smoke. The Daniel Marshall Red, has wonderful deep notes of espresso, dark rich cocoa and nuts. A premium cigar that I was pleased to enjoy immensely. I now know why is is a favorite cigar of the Ex-Governor of California and many other cigar aficionados.

The Wine: The Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon from their Diamond Collection was suggested by Daniel Marshall as one of his favorite wines to pair with his cigars, and I couldn't agree more.

This wine is very smooth and fruit forward. The scent of blackberries and some pepper are evident from the beginning. Then you get that rich Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of ripe plums with a smooth silky finish. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot 1% Petite Sirah and 1%  Syrah. It was aged in French Oak barrels for 12 months which gives this wine it's long and smooth finish.

The Pairing:
 It was a beautiful Spring evening, I had just finished a wonderful steak dinner when I lit up the Daniel Marshall Red and popped the cork of the Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon.

From the first puff and sip I was hooked.
These two paired wonderfully well and were the perfect evening to a beautiful day. The complexity of the cigar was balance very well by the deep fruit notes in the wine. The tastes didn't compete they became a wonderful harmonious blend of tastes.

Another great thing about this pairing is the price;
The Daniel Marshall Red robusto will run you around $6.00 while the Coppola Cab is under $15.00

A very nice pairing for a reasonable price. This one is a pairing I will definitely repeat.
Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

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