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Just roll with it

By From page A9 | October 23, 2013

El Dorado Hills resident Bob Howse, left, and Placerville resident Brandon Ellena, standing, watch Torcedor (Master Roller) Marvin Ruiz roll a fine cigar at Art of Cigars Sunday afternoon. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A cigar is a like a bottle of wine, according to Eric Stanion of Art of Cigars.

The more you know about the care that goes into making it, the more you appreciate it.

More than a dozen guests at the El Dorado Hills cigar shop and smoking lounge learned to appreciate a fine cigar during a rolling class taught by Torcedor (Master Roller) Marvin Ruiz, who hand rolls all the shop’s house cigars.

“There’s a lot more to cigars than you realize,” said Stanion, who owns the shop with wife Leslie.

The group first watched a Rocky Patel-hosted video explaining the process from tobacco seed to finished product. Then, with leaves ready on the table, Ruiz walked participants through the process, teaching them how to bunch and tear the leaves, roll an even cigar, wrap it and then enjoy it.

Dawn Grissom came all the way from Pittsburg, Calif., to attend the event with a friend.

“They’re kind of sexy and they taste good,” she said, comparing selecting a cigar to shoe shopping. “When you find the right one …”

Grissom’s perfect stiletto is a maduro. “It’s like a nice piece of chocolate cake,” she explained. “It’s not just sweet; it’s something with depth.”

Sunday’s event was the second “roll your own” at Art of Cigars, which opened in the shopping center on the northwest corner of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road a year ago. Customer Bob Howse said buying a cigar online doesn’t cut it. Coming to a lounge like Art of Cigars is much better; it’s a place where you can learn and talk about cigars.

Guests can also enjoy a glass of beer or wine and, as was the case on Sunday, watch the 49ers trample the Titans. For more information about Art of Cigars and upcoming events visit artofcigars.com.

Noel Stack


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