Gary Manelski has been About.com's expert guide to Cigars since 2006.
Gary has been a connoisseur of handmade premium cigars for more than two decades. As About.com's expert guide to cigars, Gary has reviewed hundreds of cigars, from the value priced to the high end super premium. He has also covered major cigar events, such as the Big Smoke in Las Vegas, Great Smoke in Palm Beach, and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' conventions and trade shows in New Orleans and Orlando. Gary has also traveled to countless cigar factories, emporiums and cigar bars, both in the United States and abroad, including Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic.
I really enjoy sampling a variety of different cigars, and keeping abreast of what is new in the cigar industry. I also enjoy sharing my passion for one of life's small pleasures, and hope to provide both new cigar smokers and seasoned veterans with engaging and relevant information about the world of premium handmade cigars.