Crush & Roll West
“Discover a California Classic”
The 7th Annual Crush & Roll West kicked off from August 28 through August 29, 2015. It is one of the preeminent events for both cigar connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts to come together. Held in Paso Robles, in the heart of central California, it is an ideal location for cigar smoking, wine tasting and just having a great “stay-cation” weekend…in short, a perfect place to live the Smokin’ Joe’s lifestyle. Paso Robles alone offers more than 200 wineries that produce some of California premium grapes and wine – you can find all vintages, from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Syrah, Roussanne, Viognier and Zinfandel.
As the gates opened up on Friday, there was a cocktail and cigar hour from 6 PM to 11 PM. Admission included a free raffle ticket and two complimentary cigars, along with a port, wine and beer tasting (all with a commemorative glass). Dinner was then served, followed by the annual Poker Tournament and a Silent Auction fundraiser to close out the evening.
On Saturday, gates opened at 12 PM at the Paso Robles Event Center. More swag was handed out, including a goodie bag, raffle ticket, and another commemorative Crush & Roll wine glass. In addition to lunch being served, there were educational seminars (“Keep it Hard; Cider, That Is”, “Cigar Rights of America”, “Cigar and Craft Beer Pairing with Dr. Bill Sysak of Stone Brewery”, etc.), an additional silent auction, tons of free cigars, wine tasting, craft brew tastings and cigar rolling demonstrations. Compared to last year, there were new tents that completely covered the vendors and eating areas along with air conditioning fans – all of which helped dramatically to keep the hot weather under control. Festivities concluded at 5 PM.
The official after party took place at the Barrel House Brewing Co., showcasing Gurkha Cigars, Tatuaje Cigars, Cubanacan Cigars, Edgar Hoill Cigars, Alec Bradley Cigars, Dignity Cigars, My Fathers Cigars, Villiger Cigars North American and Oliva Cigars just to name a few.
This year, like all the others before, the Crush and Roll West provided the perfect setting for cigar lovers to come to central California to celebrate a lifestyle of enjoying premium cigars, wines and fine food. We hope to see you there next year!