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Q & A: Cigars In My Wine Cellar?

I have a good sized wine cellar in my basement. Can I store my cigar humidor in the cellar with my wine?

11/06/12 | by ED of Hilton Head Island, SC

​​This question is a bit tough because it depends on the type of wine you keep in your cellar, as that determines the temperature. The ideal temperature for a wine cellar falls between 55 to 58 degrees Fahrenheit while the ideal humidity falls between 55 to 75 percent. Cigars should be stored in a 70-degree, 70% humidity environment. Therefore, if your wine cellar is set for red wines, which need a 59 to 66 degree Fahrenheit environment, your cigars will be perfectly fine, especially since lower temperatures and lower humidity levels are good for long-time aging most cigars. However, if you prefer champagne, sparkling wine, or white wines, you may have a problem since they need to be kept inbetween a 40 and 47 degree Fahrenheit environment, which is too cold for your cigars. But ultimately, the most preferred place to store your cigars is in your hand, lit and burning, while enjoying your favorite glass of wine.

by Dave

Review: Las Cabrillas

Dave Las Cabrillas Returns
Cortez (4.7”x50): Medium-bodied from start to finish with light complexities throughout. Expect a creamy finish from the Connecticut wrapper with some hints of black pepper and cedar in the aroma. Robust yet balanced.

DeSoto (6.8”x50):
The draw remains a bit tight as this size expels light puffs of smoke. Much more robust than the Cortez, greatly building in heartiness as you progress past three inches. Expert more notes of pepper and earth instead of cedar while the finish remains with you for a while after extinguished.

Balboa (7.5”x54):
Excellent draw and burn, releasing thick clouds of hearty smoke with an excellent earthy, cedar aroma. Not as creamy as the other sizes due to the extra Mexican fillers needed to fill the 54 ring gauge, so you'll lose some of the great flavors from the Connecticut wrapper. For those who want a less refined, bolder experience.

Columbus (8.2”x52):
We were looking forward to enjoy this size but unfortunately it simply didn't perform. It burned hot with a super tight draw and felt rather unbalanced. Strong and hearty but offered a bittnerness some may enjoy. If you're all about body and long burn times, this size is for you. But if you prefer a refined, well-balanced blend, stay away.
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