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Perry Farrell and Maestro Dobel Tequila

Pairing creative genius with a unique and innovative tequila By: Jon Shakill Perry Farrell is a creative genius. As the lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, he helped to create a new genre of music called alternative rock, which is now a widely accepted category. At the time of the band’s arrival on the scene in […]

Exploring Red Wine Varietals

The red wine world offers a wide array of possibilities, especially for cigar pairings By Tony Yehuda Ziv Most wine drinkers like to drink wines that are familiar to them. But why not learn about a few other varietals of the red grape? One of the greatest experiences in enjoying wine is experimenting with new […]

A Century in the Cigar Business

Interview with Charlie Toraño: With a long legacy in the cigar industry, Toraño is now celebrating 20 years as an exclusive brand By Jon Shakill For three generations, the Toraño family business was the growing of leaf tobacco. It all started in the tobacco fields of Cuba in 1916, where Charlie’s great-grandfather and grandfather started […]

Carlos Santana: International Superstar and Music Icon

By Jon Shakill Carlos Santana is one of those rare individuals who is larger than life. His name is instantly recognizable in almost any corner of the globe, and he has transcended the realm of mere mortals to become a living historical music icon. Even at the attempt of using hyperbole, he accurately fits the […]

The Tequila Trail

Sip and stay in the birthplace of tequila By Lanee Lee As with Napa Valley’s wine country, Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail or France’s  Cognac region, Mexico also has its own “spirited” region for tequila. La Ruta del Tequila (the Tequila Trail) — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is a scenic region in Jalisco, Mexico that […]

Cigar Insiders

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Cigar Industry’s Road Warriors by Jon Shakill When it comes to going behind the scenes in the cigar industry, people tend to think of the tobacco farms and the growers, the cigar company blenders, executives, and the owners. Rarely is there a story, though, about the road warriors […]

John F. Kennedy: 50 Years After the Cuban Embargo

The enduring legacy of the 35th President of the United States, and the lasting Cuban embargo By Jon Shakill On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the entire world mourned. Kennedy captured the hearts and minds of a generation like no other president before him. Three years earlier, the 43-year-old Kennedy […]

An Interview with Bret Baier

From bartender to anchor, he has covered the Pentagon and White House, moderated presidential debates, and traveled the world By Jon Shakill Bret Baier is the anchor of FOX News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” that airs Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern. According to Nielsen Media Research, “Special Report” […]

Jessy Greene

Whisky Loving Rock ‘N Roll Maven Behind the scenes with the touring and recording multi-instrumentalist and brand ambassador for Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky by Jon Shakill Jessy Greene is a rock ‘n roll maven who prefers a good whisky on the rocks over a pink cocktail. A highly-talented professional multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, she is […]

The Angel’s Share Collection from Mark Russo

The world’s most exclusive custom made scotch, incredible excursions, and $1,000 cult wine by Jon Shakill Have you ever wanted to get a taste of history? The question may seem odd at first, but let me explain. If you’re not familiar with fine vintage spirits, that’s exactly what the experience represents. There are many ways […]

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