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Wine and Cigar Pairings – Riesling and The Panacea Green Pennyslvania Broadleaf

Cigar Pairing – The Panacea Green Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Have you ever brushed your teeth then drank a glass of orange juice? The bitter flavor that you get is the conflict between the alkalinity of the toothpaste and the acidity of the orange juice. Because most cigar tobacco has an alkaline base pairing a cigar with acidic wines like a Riesling results in the same conflict. That is why the Panacea Green Pennsylvania Broadleaf is so unique. Pennsylvania Broadleaf is primarily used as chewing tobacco and has a slightly acidic base. The Flatbed Cigar Company takes specially selected Pennsylvania Broadleaf tobacco to their factory in the Dominican Republic where it is aged and cured and used as the wrapper in the Green.It softens the acidity in the more acidic Rieslings and highlights the subtle fruit flavors.

The Pennsylvania Broadleaf is available here.

 Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2011 Riesling

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2011 Columbia Valley Riesling (SRP $10): This is Washington State’s oldest winery and the area’s largest Riesling producer (I believe). The 2011 Columbia Valley Riesling is a pleasant yet uncomplicated wine with vibrant pear and stone fruit flavors, refreshing food-partnering [citrus] acidity and a faint hint of sweetness that lingers through to the crisp, clean finish. Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Columbia Valley Riesling is nationally available and for under $10 is a reliable entry-level Riesling to match with a wide variety of foods and also drinks nicely on its own. I enjoyed a few glasses with a [big] plate of Panda Express orange chicken, Beijing beef, and fried rice. The portions were so generous it was enough food for two people. Both the bottle of wine and a two entrée meal were just under $20, so try this out if you’re seeking a tasty combo for a cheap date night. Click hereto find this wine.

I have long been a fan of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay and their Riesling is equally tasty and was easy to find at my local Raley’s grocery store for about $11. The CSM Riesling proved to be a perfect match for the Green and a good example of how the acidity in the Broadleaf wrapper softens the flavor of the wine. Before lighting the cigar the acidity borders on being tart but sipping the wine after drawing on the cigar highlights a creaminess in the wine that is not noticeable when drinking it alone. Many of the Virginia white wines over the last couple of years have a “bright acidity” and, in some cases an over acidity that can be minimized and balanced when paired with this cigar.

2013 Tour de Panacea


Tour Information!

3 days of Wine, Cigars and Motorcycles May 25 – 27, 2013

Tour Information: Day 1 – The event is at Unicorn Winery, Amissville which will start at 3:00 pm. Ride your bike, drive your cage with your windows down, just get there. I will be “Kick Stands Up” at the Videos by the Lake parking lot just off of Seminole Trail on Lake Monticello between 9:00 and 9:30 am. We will be riding to the Alpine Inn on the I-64 Entrance to Skyline Drive where we will be dallying for for a bit, leaving between 10:30 and 11 to head up Skyline Drive to Amissville.

Day 2 – We will be Kickstands Up at 9:00 am from the parking lot just south of the Grapevine (one of our Panacea Vendors) 389 W Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA Waterloo Station Shopping Center (540) 349-4443 ‎ · grapevinewine.com for the ride to the Pentagon for Rolling Thunder after which we will meet at Potomac Point Winery at 3:00 for our event. Feel free to go directly to Potomac Point if you choose (it is all about the choices).

Day 3 – We will be Kickstands Up from the Quality Inn Quantico at 10:00 AM for lunch at DuCard Winery at noon.

Feel free to contact me at rwbarker@cigarvolante.com or by phone (901) 626-3993 for additional details.

See you on Saturday!

CigarVolante is the combination of those indulgences that make life rich and full; things like cigars, wine, motorcycles, women that ride motorcycles, good friends; all the good stuff. After two years that has culminated in the Tour de Panacea!

Tour de Panacea is wine, cigars, wine and cigars, motorcycles and a love of the freedom. The Tour de Panacea is the celebration of the freedom to do ALL of that. We will be riding to two of the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail wineries and, in between, riding in Rolling Thunder in Washington DC. We invite you to join us for a springtime ride, a tribute to the heroes that have kept us safe, and wine and cigars at two of the wineries of the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail. Paul Bush, President of Flat Bed Cigar Company, manufacturers of Panacea Cigars will be joining us. Ride with him from Pennsylvania, ride with us from Central Virginia or meet us at Unicorn Winery at 3:00 pm on Saturday. You choose. That’s freedom!

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Day 1

Spend the day touring the wine country of Northern Virginia, meeting us at Unicorn Winery near Amissville, at pm or you can join us as we ride from Lake Monticello, Virginia up Skyline Drive.

Route — Lake Monticello, VA to Unicorn Winery via Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Skyline Drive, Sperryville (Route Map)

How ever you get there (if you don’t have a motorcycle, drive in with your windows rolled down!) bet at Unicorn Winery by 3PM for dinner.


Day 1 – $35 per person. Ticket includes 2 glasses of Unicorn Winery wines (retail value $15), 2 Panacea Cigars (retail value $15) (paired to your wines), entertainment, dinner by Red, Hot and Blues and an introduction to Wine and Cigar Pairings by Ron Barker.


Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended.

 Tickets for Day 1

Unicorn Winery is located about 15 minutes from Warrenton. Here is a list of hotels in Warrenton.  http://goo.gl/maps/koq8F

Day 2

Meet in Warrenton, VA for 9:00 am departure to The Pentagon. 12:00 pm, Rolling Thunder departs for tribute. Upon completion of the ride we will ride to Stafford, VA and Potomac Point Winery with an approximate 3:00 pm arrival


ride with E! straight to the winery and sit in the sun.

Now that’s freedom, and Civilized Indulgence.

Day 2 – $35 per person. Ticket includes 2 glasses of Potomac Point Winery wines (retail value $15), 2 Panacea Cigars (retail value $15 and paired to your wines), BBQ dinner, entertainment by Wave on Wave, book signing with Troy Mason, Iraq War Veteran, Motorcycle Rider, Cigar Smoker and Author of “Outlaw”, and an Introduction to Wine and Cigar Pairings by Ron Barker.

Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended.

Tickets for Day 2

There are a number of nice hotels close to Potomac Point should you decide to spend the night and ride back on Monday, Memorial Day. Hotels are listed here http://goo.gl/maps/NqL4f

Day 3

Troy Mason will be joining us for a leisurely ride across Central Virginia to Etlan, VA, home of DuCard Winery.

Day 3 – Ride to Etlan, VA with Ron Barker, Troy Mason for Lunch at DuCard Winery or meet us there at Noon for Lunch including beverage ($10 purchased at the site), book signing with Troy Mason and a brief introduction to the Wine and Cigar Pairings of DuCard Winery.


EARLY BIRD BONUS BUY – Pre-Event Only!!!

If you order today….

Get the Unicorn Winery Event ($35 Value) the Potomac Point Winery Event ($35 Value) AND a Cigar Caddy 5 stick traveling humidor with an assortment of Panacea Cigars (Retail Value of the Cigar Caddy and Cigars $70) for $120, while supplies last!

Buy 2 Events and a Loaded Cigar Caddy – HERE! – $120 including postage

We are hoping that this becomes an annual event. We now have 15 wineries in the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail and wouldn’t it be fun to take a week and visit all of them? That would be the Grande Tour de Panacea, eh?

In indulgence,




Panacea Pairings – 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. I know this sounds like an arduous task but someone had to do it! 

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Good Fellas Cigars Review of The Panacea Green Broadleaf

Panacea Green Broadleaf

by GoodFellasCigars



Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Dominican Habano

Filler:  Dominican and Nicaraguan

Shape:  Toro

Size:  6 x 52

Country: Dominican Republic

Strength: Full

Price Range: Approx $6.40

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