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Best Ways to Pair Wine with Cigars

Whether we are talking about a warm autumn afternoon or an elegant socializing evening, wine and cigars are some of the best matches for you to have a fantastic taste experience. We already associate cigars with elegance and class and wine is definitely considered one of the noblest and emblematic drinks in the world. Pairing the two of them is a palate-pleasing experience.   Consider some guidelines to follow to ensure you enjoy this amazing taste journey.

White wine vs. Red Wine

Select likes with likes when you pair white wine with a cigar.  Try a medium bodied wine, like Torrentés, Chablis or Vinho Verde with light or medium-bodied cigar.  The flavors and undertones will brilliantly convey.  If you like Chardonnay, select a stainless-steel aged wine.  Oak barrel Chardonnay will overwhelm a light or medium bodied cigar. 

Best Ways to Pair Wine with Cigars

  Red wine, like Cabernet Franc, Meritage, and Tannat, has richer flavors and a more fuller body.  Fuller bodied wines goes perfectly with medium and even medium to full-bodied cigars. A perfect match for red wine can be a H.Upmann No.2 thanks to the fact that is has a woody undertone that can complement the wine’s tannic composition and bold flavors.

Pinot Noir can be quite challenging to pair. This wine is full of personality. It often proves incredibly delicious but yet very temperamental. A good pair for this wine has to be of equal power and a full-bodied cigar from Bolivar can be the perfect match in the battle of flavors and taste for this specific wine.

Sweet vs. Dry

It is important to consider the flavor palette of the cigar. If the cigar tends to be more on the leathery or nutty side, it is better to pair it with a dry wine because they can balance each other better.

The evolution of the cigar, while it is smoked, is also significant.  A drier wine that has wood, leather, earthy, and nutty undertones can sweeten the flavor of the cigar.  These wine flavors will bring forward the personalities of both the cigar and the wine.

  Semi-dry and sweet wines go perfectly with fruity and floral cigars. They will balance the taste of each other without displaying major differences in terms of undertones.

Old vs. New

A young wine tends to have a higher acidity, which means that it will be an excellent match for a young cigar. The best way to identify a young cigar is by looking at the wrapper. A light color indicates a short aging time, and a deep brown shows many years of aging.

Aged wine has a more intense personality when it comes to the taste. The bouquet is more diverse and the bursts of flavor are more intense. A matching cigar will have a similar personality and this is why cigars such as Maduro are an excellent match. This way the two powerful personalities will manage to compliment each other in the perfect aroma dance.

Pairing wine and cigars are exciting and delightful tasting experiences one can have thanks to the fantastic diversity of aromas and undertones.

Thank you Swiss Cuban Cigars for sharing your knowledge with us in the creation of this blog. To learn more about cigars, visit Swiss Cuban Cigars

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Wine’ing Maryland Father’s Day Events

Father’s Day Events

Wine’ing Maryland is your personal calendar of wine tasting activities in Maryland occurring over the weekend.  The upcoming weekend’s events are published every Thursday.  Send us your event or share events with us and we will posted.  Click here to Contact Us   Check out Father’s Day Events and many more events that can be a part of your weekend.

Type of Activities

  • Free Activities
  • Charitable Events
  • Family Events
  • Festivals
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food & Wine Tasting Events


June 16 – June 18, 2017





Live Music: The Monocacy Jazz Quartet at Catoctin Breeze Vineyards

June 17, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD


Sunset Saturday: The R.A.T. Pack at DeJon Vineyard

June 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hydes, MD


Joey Lambert Music at Great Frogs Vineyard

June 17, 1:30 pm – 4:30pm

Annapolis, MD


Live Music at Rocklands Farm

June 16, 6:00 pm

Poolesville, MD


Music in the Vineyard with GrooveSpan Duo at Romano Winery

June 17, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Prince George’s County, MD


Trivia at Springfield Manor Winery

June 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thurmont, MD


Live Music by Woo Yeas at Springfield Manor

June 17. 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD


Live Music by Willys at Springfield Manor

June 18, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD


Friday Night Music: Hardswimmin’ Fish at Big Cork Vineyards

June 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD


Saturday Night Music: Caroline Ferrante at Big Cork Vineyards

June 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD


Sunday Music: Ed Barney at Big Cork Vineyards

June 18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD


Friday Night Music with Ben Sherman at Black Ankle Vineyards

June 16, 6:00 pm

Mt Airy, MD


Wine & Music with Union Road at Bordeleau Winery

June 18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Eden, MD


Live Music: Richard Walton at Old Westminster Winery

June 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Westminster, MD


Music in the Vineyard with Philadelphia Phil at Fiore Winery

June 18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pylesville, MD


Live Music by Denny Grizzle at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

June 17, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dickerson, MD


Live Music by Kenny & Joel at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

June 18, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dickerson, MD



Sons of Italy Father’s Day Fundraiser at Fiore Winery

June 17, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $35

Pylesville, MD



Father’s Day Sunday Brunch at Crow Vineyard and Winery

June 18, 9:00 am and 11:30 am

Cost: $27 per person

Kennedyville, MD


Father’s Day Picnic with Ken Gutberlet at DeJon Vineyard

June 18, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hydes, MD


Father’s Day Live Music at Harford Vineyard & Winery

June 18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD


Live Music with Sounds Good at Millstone Cellars

June 16, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $5

Monkton, MD


Father’s Day in the Vineyard at Running Hare Vineyard

June 16, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cost: $10

Prince Frederick, MD


Father’s Day Sunday at Boordy Vineyards

June 18, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $15, 15 & under free

Hydes, MD



Drink Maryland: A Maryland Makers Festival

June 17, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: entry is free, tasting passes $20 in advance, $25 at the gate

Centreville, MD


Interstate Wine Festival

June 17, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost: $35 for General Admission

Hagerstown, MD


Lavender Festival at Springfield Manor Winery

June 17 & 18, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $15 – $25

Thurmont, MD






Patapsco Region Wine Tour with Vino 301

June 16 & June 18, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Baltimore & Harford, MD


Heritage Region Wine Tour with Vino 301

June 17, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Calvert & St. Mary’s, MD


Wine, Beer, & Spirits Tour with Vino 301

June 17, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Frederick, MD


Father’s Day Weekend Flight of Spice at Orchid Cellar

June 17, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm & June 18, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $12 per person, non-drinkers/children free

Frederick, MD



Barn Square Dance at Rocklands Farm

June 17, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $8

Poolesville, MD


Live Music Saturday at Running Hare Vineyard

June 17, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: $10

Prince Frederick, MD

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Father’s Day Gifts and Suggestions

Most people view it as a day to celebrate dads and fatherhood. They want to acknowledge the sacrifices they gave for there kids large and small. People want their fathers to know that all those sacrifices are appreciated.


It is a day to honor them for teaching their children and others how to be hard working, self driven, brave, and confident. This Father’s Day we should cherish every moment we spend with them.


Being a father is one of the toughest jobs in the world, I mean it’s a 24/7 job, so you never really get a break. Well, what better way to celebrate than at a great winery, with fantastic staff, and even better wine! And for the wives that have absolutely no idea where to take their husbands on their special day, I can assure you that this is the perfect place to celebrate such a wonderful occasion. Great food, great music, great fathers and great wine! Come explore the abundance of wines Maryland wineries have to offer.


Here are a few ideas for spending time with your father on his special day.

  • Fishing: spend the afternoon with your father trying to catch a few guppies.
  • Visit a Winery: Take your father to a winery.  Recently Vino 301 served  Albarino 2013, Bodegas Gonzalez-Ruggiero (Rising Sun, MD),  at a wine tasting event.  It was a crowd favorite among the other wines.  You do not get an opportunity to experience new Maryland wines, aside from going to wine tasting events, unless you visit the vineyards.  Visiting vineyards is a great activity to enjoy with dad.
  • Baseball Tickets: Take your father to a Washington Nationals game with the family.
  • Hiking: Take your father to Sugarloaf Mountain!  At the end of your hike, you can stop at Sugarloaf Mountain Winery for a glass of wine.
  • Dining Out: Take your father out to his favorite restaurant.
  • Relax: Spend Quality time with your father, maybe even take him out to the movies.


For more great ideas check out Vino 301 Wine Concierge Pinterest Boards.  Click here Father’s Day Ideas 

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