Out of all the beverages that pair brilliantly with cigars, we very rarely talk about wine. Over the last several years the wine industry has absolutely boomed in popularity, and if you haven’t been paying attention, we’re here to tell you that Napa Valley California isn’t the only place to find the best wines in the U.S.
To be completely honest, it feels like most states these days have their own wine region or two. So, the Cigar World team has put together 5 of the top-rated wineries for cigar smokers to enjoy the finer things in life. Oh, and there’s also some rap-rated cigars that pair perfectly with wine as well. Enjoy!
Must Visit Winery #5: Tank Garage - Calistoga, California
If you’re into trendy, hip culture and you’re into wine, then Tank Garage should be at the top of your list. I mean, the tasting room is a vintage gas station. How cool is that? Add amazing music and delish yet inventive blends, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Must Visit Winery #4: McKinlay - Willamette Valley, Oregon
If you like Pinot Noir, then McKinlay may be the perfect winery for you. Now, there’s numerous fantastic wineries in the Willamette Valley, but of all the amazing new wineries, McKinlay stands out for one simple reason. They make the best $20 bottle of Pinot Noir probably on the face of the earth.
Must Visit Winery #3: Force Majeure - Walla Walla, Washington
Walla Walla hosts a bustling wine community in the drier, eastern portions of Washington, and Force Majeure literally encapsulates everything good about the scene. Their sourcing is tremendous, treating their fruit with the utmost care, and when it comes to their finished wine, it’s nothing short of exquisite.
Must Visit Winery #2: Southold Farm + Cellar - Hill Country, Texas
Now, anyone that’s saying Texas wine isn’t sophisticated has never been to Southold Farm + Cellar in Hill Country, Texas. This area is a hotbed for Portuguese grapes that tend to thrive in warmer climates, and they’re crafting some pretty exceptional whites.
Must Visit Winery #1: Idlewild - Healdsburg, California
Healdsburg is without a doubt the beating pulse of Sonoma Wine Country. And even this crowded space packed full of world-class wineries, Idlewild sticks out. They’ve simply found the best places to grow grapes like Dolcetto and Arneis, and then take the time and care to craft bottles that you just can’t help but to share.
Best Cigars To Pair With Wine
Now, if you’re looking for an amazing cigar to pair with your amazing wine, we’ve listed some of Cigar World’s top rated cigars that go great with wine.
Diesel Esteli Puro
This full-bodied cigar will bombard your senses with a robust earthy, woody flavor profile that showcases notes of chocolate and pepper.
La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black Maduro
This deep and full-bodied cigar delivers a powerhouse of flavor, filled with pepper, earth and coffee notes.
Meticulously constructed, this box-pressed cigar is elegant, nuanced and features amazing notes of cocoa and earth.
What’s your favorite winery or cigar to pair with wine? Let us know!