Need to recreate a bit? You've come to the right
location. Look below for a variety of links related to cigars and
wine, the United States Civil Air Patrol, and paragliding.
Online version of the popular cigar magazine. This site includes
an excellent ratings section, news, tips, articles on how cigars
are made, how to spot counterfeit cigars (yes there are fakes), and
A full-featured site from General Cigar, makers of a variety of
popular brands. These pages include discussion groups, cigar reviews,
a cigar selector (to help you pick a cigar to fit your tastes, cigar
friendly restaurants, and tobacconist listings.
|Fuente & Newman
Home of the Fuente family of cigars. The Fuente family makes my
two favorite cigar brands including the Arturo Fuente Hemingway and
Fuente Fuente Opus X lines. I'll take a Hemingway Classic or an Opus
X Robusto any day.
|Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
Home of the CAP at Maxwell Air Force Base. CAP is the official
auxiliary of the United States Air Force. It is a volunteer
organization devoted to emergency services (such as disaster relief),
aerospace education, and cadet training.
|San Diego Composite Squadron 144
One of a handful of CAP squadrons in the San Diego vicinity, Squadron
144 operates out of the U.S. Army Reserve Center off Admiral Baker Road,
and is commanded by Captain Ian Tolentino.
Edel manufactures a wide range of paraglider models, from gliders
for beginners, through high performance models for competition. I
currently own an Edel Atlas and Woody Valley X-Act harness, both of
which are excellent.
|Torrey Pines Gliderport
Located less than 1 mile west of the University of California
San Diego, Torrey Pines is one of the finest hang gliding and
paragliding locations in the nation. Torrey sits atop a 350 foot
cliff overlooking the Pacific. Their instructors are top notch.
|United States Hang Gliding Association
The USHGA is an organization which supports hang gliding and
paragliding through pilot rating programs, instructor certification,
training, insurance, competitive events, and informative publications.
|Epicurious: Best Wine Producers
A well organized page to help you locate the highest rated producers
of any type or nationality of wine. Information on how these listings
are compiled and who rates the producers is also provided.
The main index into wine resources at Epicurious. It includes links
to pages with food-wine pairings, a wine cook book, a wine discussion
forum, and more.
|K & L Wine Merchants
In addition to Scotch and Cognac, K & L (as their full name suggests)
also carries wine. In addition to an excellent selection of current
vintages from domestic and overseas producers, K & L includes a listing
of old and rare wines. This site also features a search engine.
|Vintage Chart by
Berry Brothers and Rudd
Vintage charts provide hints about when a particular type of wine
from a given region may be ready to drink. Some wines are ready to
drink immediately after release, while others require a few years of
cellaring. This characteristic is influenced by the region in which
the grapes were grown, grape type, and the methods used to make the
wine. Because of the latter, vintage charts can only hint at optimal
|Wine Education Site
Want to learn more about wine but don't know where to start? This
site provides a collection of fundamental wine information. It covers
topics such as how to buy wine, frequently asked questions, food and
wine pairings, a glossary of wine terms, how to cellar wine, and my
favorite Disarming the Snotty Wine Steward.
|Wine Enthusiast Online
This is a good place to look for wine-related gear including
everything from racks, bottle openers, and glassware, on up to
refrigeration units, and build-to-order wine cellars. Pricey,
but often top-of-the-line products.