Editorial by MIKE HALE • Monterey Herald
June 29, 2016
Photo by Richard Green Photography
David Wilcox, left, is joined in The Humidor venture by general manager Roger Romano.
There was a time not that long ago when the two sexes separated after dinner, the women exiting to the drawing room and the men remaining to lounge, drink port, smoke cigars and talk politics. The rich, sweet alcohol aided digestion, and the pungent cigar complemented the port — a satisfying end to a meal.
Except for the blatant sexism and divisiveness, this post-dinner scenario is making a resurgence. As cigarette smoking continues to decline in our country, the cigar culture thrives, and David Wilcox wants to introduce everyone to its pleasures. READ MORE ►
June 9, 2016
May 27, 2016
Photo by DENNIS TAYLOR
David Wilcox holds a pipe made by Danish legend Teddy Knudsen — a pipe that carries an asking price of $7,500.
CIGAR AFICIONADOS dwell in a world that is largely unappreciated by others — personal, private, perhaps a bit haughty at times. They have camaraderie rooted in mutual understanding, like a shared secret.
“Maybe it’s like becoming one with the cigar,” theorized Raul Julia, the actor. “You lose yourself in it; everything fades away: your worries, your problems, your thoughts. They fade into the smoke, and the cigar and you are at peace.”
David Wilcox, a 56-year-old Silicon Valley expatriate, fell in love with cigars during a memorable vacation, evolved into a tobacconist after the high-tech boom evaporated, and, in 2002, moved to Carmel to become proprietor of The Humidor, a highend cigar shop at the Crossroads shopping center. READ MORE ►
May 19, 2016
Through the smoke, discoveries emerge, and good values on stogies are only part of it.
The most striking revelation at freshly relocated cigar shop The Humidor: Sodas can compared to fancy wines.
Owner David Wilcox is the one who does it, puffing away on a large unbanded cigar, producing clouds that evoke an old fashioned steam-engine train: “Dr. Pepper is the port of soft drinks,” he says, beginning a Tarantino-style conversation about the best drinks to pair with cigars.
Robert Romano, a longtime friend of Wilcox, chimes in from his brown leather chair, explaining that the plum flavor in Dr. Pepper adds a sweetness that balances the rich tobacco found … READ MORE ►