Wine and cigars are a glorious pairing, a union on the palate of two of the finest products of Italy's soil. Last week, we examined the flavors of two of our best selling Toscano cigars and how their enjoyment can be greatly enhanced when paired with suitable white and red wines. This week, we delve again into The Toscano In a Wineglass to examine two of the most premium Toscano cigars.
Toscano Antica Riserva
Set apart from its peers with a filler of larger leaves of Kentucky tobacco, Toscano Antica Riserva has an easy draw which gives its intriguing mix of flavors the time and the space to blend harmoniously. The result is a persistent smoke which is fresh with a slight lingering note of spiciness. This cigar pairs well full-bodied wines or highly complex sweet wines. For white, we recommend full body wines enriched with sweet, ripened tannins - Chardonnay or Trebbiano from Pomino, Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli Grave. And for red, we recommend bold, aged wines - Ghemme or Gattinara from Piedmont, Carmignano Reserve from Tuscany, Amarone della Valpolicella from Veneto, Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Teroldego Rotaliano from Trentino-Alto Adige, Torgiano Rosso Riserva from Umbria.
The scent of Toscano Originale makes a strong, first impression of leather essence and fermented tobacco. Once lit, the cigar has an excellent draw and perpetual breadth that are both intense, persistent, and surprisingly sweet. This fine, hand-rolled cigar with finely balanced aromas pairs excellently with very intense, sweet wines. For white, we recommend late-harvest and raisin wines - Fiano di Avellino from Campania, Verdiccio di Matelica from Marche, Moscato di Pantelleria from Sicily, Cinque Terre Sciacchetra from Liguria, Colli di Conegliano Refrontolo Passito from Veneto. And for red, we recommend aged, elegantly bold wines - Sant'Antimo from Tuscany, Montefalco Sagrantino from Umbria, Aglianico del Vulture from Bascilicata, Velletri Riserva from Lazio, Barolo Chinato from Piedmont which is an aromatized Barolo wine with China Calissaya bark and 21 other herbs and spices.
While we encourage you to learn about this time-honored and delicate art of cigar and wine pairing, we urge you again to try various pairings and develop your own unique palate and tastes.