Posted August 2006
Stogies: Have your Cigar and Drink Wine, Too
LODI – Popular wine tastings are frequently offered with pairings,
usually something incredibly fabulous to eat whipped up in a
5-star kitchen by some celebrity chef. If you travel to the close-knit
wine country town of Lodi, however, you will find pairings of
a more smoky nature. No, we are not talking zinfandel and barbeque.
Stogies Cigar Lounge offers what’s rapidly becoming a very popular
event -- monthly wine and cigar pairings. “Cigars can be as complex,
if not more so, than wines,” says owner Russell Daniels. “It’s
a like a wine palate issue: it’s a taste, it’s a relaxation –
not a habit like cigarettes, it’s also a camaraderie with friends
trading tasting information.”
Daniels says the monthly events pair three red wines and three
white wines with specific cigars whose flavors enhance and agree
with the wine’s characteristics. Both a winery representative
and a cigar representative are on hand to discuss plantings and
production techniques, as well as flavor profiles. “People are
interested in finding a good palate match,” Daniels explains
and these tastings help people explore several combinations.
One of the most popular wines to pair with the cigars has been
Michael David Vineyards 7 Deadly Zins, which Daniels says flys
out the door. Other local favorites are the wines of Vino
Con Brio and Jewel. In addition to wine and cigars, the Lounge has
on hand pipe tobaccos and beers. The comfortable lounge has leather
seats (a requirement?) and a pool table for other recreational
In highly restrictive California, this is one of the few places
that you will find where smoking indoors is legal; this fact
alone almost makes the location a tourist stop. Smokers in general
are relegated to outdoor areas away from all inhabited public
buildings, and can usually only be found huddled together in
small groups -- especially during times of inclement weather.
If you are interested in attending the monthly events, you can
call Stogies or check their website: http://www.stogiesoflodi.com.
The “Cheers” friendly lounge is a great place to drop by, as
well as Russ’s Puff & Stuff Tobacco Shop located at 230 W.
Pine Street, Lodi, CA. (209) 334-5764.
For more information on events happening in Lodi, check out
listings on WineCountry.com.