Miles away, 733 miles to be exact from Washington, DC, in the beautiful Quebec, Canada, we have two “Brother of the Leaf” (BOTL), the talented Canadian painter Steven Amoxes (My Love) and his brother-best friend Jeff, enjoying some Guantanamera Cubans and Jose Piedra Cubans from Pinar del Rio Cuba.
One of the pleasures of living in Canada is there is not an embargo on Cuba; so there are Cubans readily available to all. We (BOTL and Sisters of the Leaf) in the United States can only dream :).
Our Canadian BOTL paired the Cuban cigars first with a 2010 Reserva Catedral DAO, a Portuguese red wine from DAO, Portugal. The composition is as follows:
- Touriga Nacional – Portuguese’s top-rated variety. Its thick skin is rich in color and tannins allows for excellent ageing. The variety has fruity, ripe blackfruit and raspberries flavors with a hint of herbs and licorice.
- Tinta Roriz – also known as Tempranillo to the Spanish. Depending on the region, the Portuguese refers to this variety by two different names: Aragones and Tinta Roriz, which has berry and spicy flavors and used as a blending variety, and
- Alfrocheiro – a Portuguese red variety with deep coloring and used as a blending grape.
The 2010 Reserva Catedral is reported of having ripe and juicy plummy fruit with dark chocolate flavors and a long spicy finish. Reserva Catedral was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiasts. Amoxes’s rating: Superior and pairs perfectly with Cubans.
Next up on the BOTL cigar and wine pairing is CARPINETO DOGAJOLO TUSCANO, a “Super Tuscan” red wine with a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. CARPINETO DOGAJOLO TUSCANO is described as a young, elegant wine with fruity, hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice aromas; full, complex and soft on the palate. CARPINETO DOGAJOLO TUSCANO pairs well with roasted and grilled meats, Tuscan specialty dishes and Cuban cigars:). The average price is $18.00 USD. Amoxes shared the wine was good but not as superior as the 2010 Reserva Catedral.
Clearly, our Canadian BOTL made an excellent choice of wines. As for the Cubans, if you possess them, enjoy them :).