To borrow from a familiar saying, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

While Luxury Cigar Club had planned on introducing a new line called Divino, the cigars were not able to be displayed due to the company receiving a cease-and-desist letter over the name. That means that the project, which is coming from Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera, the Dominican factory owed by Eladio Diaz, who is well-known throughout the cigar industry for his long career with Davidoff, was not on display, but should eventually return under a different name and once packaging can be updated.

In the meantime, the company used the opportunity to introduce itself and its previous and existing lines to retailers. Based in Cottonwood, Ariz., which is about 110 miles north of Phoenix, the company operates both a monthly subscription service, as well as distribution of its cigars to retailers. It has worked with Room101, Tabacalera William Ventura, Artesano Del Tobacco/Viva La Vida and more for exclusive releases, while also offering regular production selections from numerous brands for its samplers. The company also shared booth space with two of the lines it distributes, Steel Horse Cigars and J. London.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.