This past weekend was the 6th annual Crush & Roll event in Paso Robles, California where over 450 guests and 60 vendors gathered for a weekend of Cigars, Wine, Whiskey, Craft Beer, Barbecue and Live Music. There are two events for Crush & Roll, a short Friday evening event and the main event on Saturday. Friday evening was very relaxing and laid back; only about half the guests and a dozen or so vendors attended to meet each other, preview some of the wines and beers and just have a nice evening before the main event. Some of the activities during the Friday evening event included: raffles, a silent auction, wine and craft beer tastings, dinner, live music and, of course, the poker tournament. As guests arrived for the Friday night event, they were given a complimentary wine glass to use for the weekend as well as three cigars from Davidoff. The evening was very pleasant and peaceful, there was plenty of room for guests to sit and enjoy their cigars and libations while sharing conversation and listening to live music. The Saturday event, now that is a whole different story!
The doors opened for guests at 1:00pm Saturday afternoon for the main event at Crush & Roll West. As guests arrived, they were given badges that were to be â€œpunchedâ€ by each cigar vendor to indicate that they have received their free item from each of the cigar vendors. The Saturday event was jam packed with activities including: a grape stomping, educational seminars, more raffles, various auctions and enough Wine, Whiskey and Craft Beer samplings to put down an elephant! Of all the events, there was one booth that drew everyoneâ€™s attention and became the highlight of Crush & Roll West 2014 â€“ fresh, hand rolled cigars by Don Vicente Cigars Internationalâ€™s Master Roller, Rosa Pena. Rosa has been rolling cigars for Don Vicente Cigars Intâ€™l for the past 5 years, before that she rolled at Cohiba for thirty years, so yeah; sheâ€™s pretty good at it. During the main event on Saturday, crowds gathered around to watch Rosa roll and people lined up to get a chance to sample her freshly rolled cigars.
Another unique event was the grape stomping where guests had a chance to try their hands, (or feet, in this case), at crushing grapes for the 2014 Crush & Roll Port made by Roxo Port Cellars. The Port takes two years to make and is released every year at the Crush& Roll event. This year they were sampling the 2012 Crush & Roll Port which was very tasty and went incredibly well with some of the more full bodied cigars that were being handed out at the event. Guests also had an opportunity to learn from some great Vintnerâ€™s and Cigar Manufacturers at the educational seminars that were offered at Crush & Roll.
After the Saturday event ended, if you didnâ€™t have enough to drink and smoke, there were two major after parties: Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua hosted an after party for the guests and David â€œDocâ€ Diaz of Stogie Fresh hosted an after party for the Vendors at his own home. We attended the event at Docâ€™s house, but we were sworn to oath not to share what took place that night, (sorry!)
If you did not get a chance to attend Crush & Roll West this year, you HAVE to go next year! It is an absolute blast in a beautiful part of the country.