Pairing wine with cigars is an art that requires some knowledge and a little bit of experimentation. Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect combination.
Choose a full-bodied wine
When pairing wine with cigars, it’s best to choose a full-bodied wine that can stand up to the strength of the cigar. Some popular options include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec.
Match the flavors
Another important consideration when pairing wine with cigars is the flavor profile. For example, a full-bodied red wine with dark fruit and chocolate notes may pair well with a cigar with similar flavors. Similarly, a lighter red wine with notes of berries and herbs may pair well with a more delicate cigar.
Experiment and have fun
As with pairing bourbon with cigars, the best way to find the perfect pairing of wine and cigars is to experiment and have fun. Try different combinations and note what works well and what doesn’t. You may find that some unexpected combinations create a delicious flavor experience.
Some popular wine and cigar pairings include:
- A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark, rich cigar, such as a Maduro or Oscuro wrapper
- A medium-bodied Syrah with a medium-strength cigar, such as a Habano or Corojo wrapper
- A lighter-bodied Pinot Noir with a more delicate cigar, such as a Connecticut or Cameroon wrapper
Remember that there is no right or wrong way to pair wine with cigars, and everyone’s taste is different. The most important thing is to find a combination you enjoy and savor the experience.
Tell us what your favorite pairings are below.
Some great suggestions. I agree the most with experimenting. All of us taste things differently. Sometimes I like to counter the food I am eating. Example if I’m eating or drinking something spicy, I’ll smoke a mild smooth creamy cigar. I like to try different combinations. Also depends on the time of day and the mood I’m in! Experiment and have fun!
Brad, we agree!