Pairing wine with cigars is something I’ve enjoyed over the years. With a wine as beautiful as Bellacosa, you’re definitely upping the cigar game by uncorking a bottle to savor with your best Cuban, so I’m excited to make these cigar and cabernet pairing recommendations.
I know the makers, I’m picky, and other reasons I chose these cigars…
I selected these particular five cigars because they’re made by my buddies. They’re not only making the absolute finest cigars on the market, but (like me), they spend most of their time on the road spreading the word and sharing their product. If you’re going to put your name on something, it better be damn good. And these are damn good.
Why are these cigars better for pairing than others on the market?
Both the wine and cigar market are crowded with a lot of mass-produced options. They’re as general as you can get, cranked out by machines that give them a “conveyor-belt” level of quality in both taste and price.
But on the highest tier, you’ve got wines such as Bellacosa and these cigars I’ve chosen, which have been made in smaller batches by artisans, handcrafted to perfection, tested for impeccable quality, and hand-delivered to a customer who demands and appreciates that. You need to try it for yourself to really grasp how well they go together, so without further delay…
Here are my Top 5 Picks for Cigars to Pair With Bellacosa:
Alec Bradley Prensado
The Prensado is full and robust. When this smoke meets a palate that has been drinking Bellacosa, the Bellacosa enhances the cigar’s notes of roasted coffee and sweet red pepper. Bellacosa’s spice elevates the red pepper, while the smoky sweetness of the cigar softens Bellacosa’s hint of spice. The Prensado also has notes leather and chocolate, which match well with Bellacosa’s notes of mocha and cocoa powder.
La Flora Dominicana Double Ligero
The Double Ligero has twice as many ligero filters as most cigars to make it stronger, plus some pepper and spice notes. The soft leather taste of the cigar compliments Bellacosa’s fine tannins to create a smooth, velvety texture on the tongue. The Ligero’s cedar notes blend very well with Bellacosa’s long oak finish, so it’s really good if you chase a sip of the wine with a puff of the cigar.
Rocky Patel Nording – 50th Anniversary
Rocky Patel is the master of cigar-making. His 50th Anniversary cigar was named in honor of Erik Nording, who began crafting his own tobacco pipes in the 1950s. This cigar’s got some obvious spice, a little bit of pepper to mirror Bellacosa’s pepper notes, nutmeg that enhances Bellacosa’s oak, coffee to bring out Bellacosa’s mocha flavors and a naturally sweet finish that balances Bellacosa’s spice. This cigar also has the long-fillers, giving it some extra boldness.
Liga Privada #9
The Liga Privada No. 9 has aged long-fillers from seven different farms, which makes the flavor really interesting—almost as complex as Bellacosa’s flavor, which comes (in part) from being made of grapes from several different vineyards. This cigar has a heavier taste that mirrors the weight of Bellacosa, with notes of coffee and toast, and a bit of chocolate.
Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne
Even though this is a milder cigar, it still has a variety of rich and hearty flavors to it. The tobacco has been extensively aged, developing notes of coffee, tobacco and a creamy honey flavor that adds just a little bit of subtle sweetness. Alongside Bellacosa’s power, this cigar is the perfect sidekick. In fact, I cure the end of the cigar with Bellacosa. You can also dip the unlit end of the cigar into the wine to taste Bellacosa’s spice and oak with the cigar’s honey and coffee when you suck the smoke onto the palate.
To enjoy Bellacosa or a small-batch cigar on its own is a pleasure. But to enjoy them side-by-side, bringing the best together, takes an experience from “memorable” to “unforgettable.” Cigars, cabernet, good company…they all make a beautiful thing, and that’s Bellacosa.
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