On my trip to Nicaragua last month, I had the opportunity to tour Pepin Garcia’s My Father cigar factory, wher some of my favorite sticks are made. Above, you’ll see Ron Melendi of De La Concha, where I hang out, trying his hand at the craft.
It was nice to see the Cigar Rights of America come out in force at the most recent De La Concha cigar dinner. I’ve been pretty critical of the organization, as it’s really done nothing but raise money. There has been no presence, no action. Well, Ron Melendi tells me that the new executive director, J. Glynn Loope, has been working his ass off for the cause.