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Cigar Smoking, An Aesthetic Experience not Nicotine Delivery

The differences in the way that cigars and cigarettes are made tells you a lot about the goal of the end product. For example, tobacco companies add ammonia to cigarettes while cigar manufacturers try to remove it. Why?

Cigarette manufacturers add ammonia to cigarettes to increase the absorption of the nicotine into the bloodstream, increasing the impact and the likelihood of addition. It is…

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Added by Ron Barker on March 29, 2013 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Just Announced - Special Guest added to 2013 Tour de Panacea

2013 Tour de Panacea Update - Special Guest Announced



JUST ANNOUNCED:

Troy Mason will be offering autographed copies of his debut novel OUTLAW at Potomac Point Winery on Sunday, May 26 as part of the 2013 Tour de Panacea.  He is a retired United States Marine, Iraq War Veteran, and an avid biker,…

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Added by Ron Barker on March 26, 2013 at 8:08am — No Comments

Flatbed Panacea White Corojo Bolt

Review by Robert Davis in Cigar.com

Couple weekends back, we rode the big beemer bagger down to Rock Hall Merryland, to stroll through the Pirates and Wenches street fair, where we visited a booth manned by Cigar Volante, distributors of Panacea Cigars, made by I forget who in Central America, at the behest of Flatbed Cigar Company. Truly a dizzying array of brands and sources. However, from the two I have smoked so far, I have to say that the results are absolutely and…

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Added by Ron Barker on August 26, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments

DOGWATCH CIGAR RADIO PODCAST EPISODE #392 - PAPRIKA - IT'S NOT JUST FOR CIGARS

This week Bob and Dale are joined by guest host Craig SchneiderRon BarkerofCigar VolanteScott Hicks ofRogue…

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Added by Ron Barker on August 18, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments

The WWT Peacemaker

The WWT Peacemaker is a collaborative effort with the Wounded Warrior Trust and a portion of all proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors. We will have  Peacemakers and a full selection of Great Panacea Cigars at the Tribute to the Wounded Warrior at Great Meadows, The Plains, VA on May 27. 

End the Cuban Embargo Party Pack

Buy a Peacemaker Cuban Wheel and get 2 tickets to the Tribute to the Wounded Warrior, May 27 at Great Meadows, The Plains, VA., a $90…

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Added by Ron Barker on March 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The Panacea Azul Cyber Herf The Podcast

The Panacea Azul Cyber Herf - The Podcast

Dale shares some experiences from his Cigar Tourism trip to Nicaragua and Honduras. Bob and Dale conduct live interviews with Paul Anctil, owner of the Sans Soucy Winery and Ron Barker from Cigar Volante who reps Panacea cigars. Ron and Paul sponsored a wine pairing and online herf of Panacea cigars. Of course, Bob and Dale participated by making the Panacea Azul Cameroon the…

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Added by Ron Barker on February 5, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Panacea Pairings - The Wines of Sans Soucy Vineyards

Sans Soucy Vineyards and Winery is located on what used to be an old tobacco farm. Owners Paul and Jackie Anctil continue in their maintenance of the historic buildings, the tobacco heritage of their farm including wines that promote this wonderful synergy. and, in a recent visit Paul spoke of maintaining tobacco plants on the farm until it was no longer economically feasible to do so. We soon found a common interest in the synergy between wine and cigars and, beyond that, between…

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Added by Ron Barker on February 2, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments

Could it be that the aliens have returned after 58 years with a taste for chitterlings? 

Could it be that the aliens have returned after 58 years with a taste for chitterlings? 

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Added by Ron Barker on January 16, 2012 at 3:36pm — No Comments

The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail

As I traveled Virginia talking to wineries about the other end of the connection, the aesthetic of wine drinking combined with cigar smoking, I soon realized that the the link went deeper than the enjoyment of the two in Virginia. The two are inexorably linked here, especially in Southern and Southwestern Virginia where many of the new vineyards are grown on converted tobacco farms. 

Wineries and the wine industry are becoming an important part of a state's economy In 1979 there were…

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Added by Ron Barker on January 15, 2012 at 4:55am — 1 Comment

Nanny Staters are at it again - this time in Maryland

The anti-cigar zealots are at it again, this time in Maryland.

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative is trying to get the state to increase the cigar tax from 15% of the wholesale price to 65% of the wholesale price.

According to …

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Added by Ron Barker on December 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Panacea Green Lancaster Broadleaf -

Here is a link to a good review of the Panacea Green from CigarInspector and a great background article on Pennsylvania tobacco from Cigar Aficianado. Enjoy!

The Panacea Green Broadleaf…

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Added by Ron Barker on December 31, 2011 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Care about your cigars? Here is an inexpensive digital Hygrometer

 Care about your cigars? This was a $20 purchase at Lowe's that has a remote transmitter (they use it "Outside") that I have in my Closidor but will also go inside your humidors. The inside of the Closidor is 64 degrees and is at 70% humidity compared to  71 degrees and 30% humidity in the office. High and low temperatures today were 74 and 64 degrees respectively. All you need. …

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Added by Ron Barker on December 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

CigarVolante is in the Spotlight at International Wine Country

CigarVolante LLC is the MidAtlantic Distributor for The Flatbed Cigar Company, makers of Panacea Cigars, a new cigar company with an old school approach to cigar making, “At Panacea we make cigars the old fashioned way. We use great tobacco, properly aged, masterfully blended and rolled by consummate professionals.”

Ron Barker of CigarVolante approaches cigar smoking as an aesthetic like fine dining or drinking a fine wine. “Smoking the right cigar with the right beverage can enhance…

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Added by Ron Barker on December 28, 2011 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

Panacea Pairings - The Wines of Potomac Point Winery



The Potomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean style building that has private arbors, sweeping views, and a Tuscan style courtyard where E! and I joined Wine Club Manager and Festival Event Coordinator Michelle Patterson and Tad, Catering Chef and fellow cigar smoker, for an afternoon of wine tasting and cigar pairing last fall.…

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Added by Ron Barker on December 28, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Looking for a Winter Herf Site in Charlottesville, VA

Winter is a tough time for cigar smokers in our Nanny State society. Unlike cigarette smokers that can dash out into the cold for a 5 minute nicotine fix we truly love our indulgence and look for a cozy place, preferably next to a fire, where we can sip and smoke. Those are few and far between. I was fortunate to join the Southside Cigar Club, another Meetup group, for one of their Herfs in Hampton. They are fortunate to have several venues where they can smoke in relative comfort and I…

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Added by Ron Barker on December 28, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Panacea Pairings - Holly Grove Winery, The Reds

In the last post we introduced the Panacea Pairings for the White Wines of Holly Grove including the first pairings for the newly introdued Panacea Azul, our new Cameroon, which showed its versatility and complexity in its abilty to pair with a complex white wine and a slightly dry and flavorful rosé. This week we introduce the Holly Grove Red Wines and another level of complexity as we add the impact of ring gauge on the pairing process.

 

A cigar is made up of three basic…

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Added by Ron Barker on December 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Panacea Pairings - The White Wines of Holly Grove Vineyards

Panacea Pairings

A cigar is an aesthetic not an addiction. smoked for flavor not the nicotine. As wine enhances the flavors of the food cigars can enhance the flavors of beverages. CigarVolante has partnered with Virginia wineries to introduce Panacea Pairings, the perfect match of a delicious Virginia wine and a premium Old School, Flat Bed Cigar Company Panacea Cigar.

The White Wines of Holly Grove…

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Added by Ron Barker on December 8, 2011 at 8:37pm — No Comments

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