Nick Melillo

Stogie Press Presents Foundation CIgars #1 Boutique Cigar of 2017 at the IPCPR

We have finally made it home from the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show and I have been going through the many photos and videos we took during the event. To begin our coverage of this years show I would like to start with the presentation of the 2017 Boutique Cigar of the Year. One of our[…]

Foundation Cigars Joins the Lancero Downpour

As I have noted in past news, 2018 is going to be the year of the lancero, at first I thought it was just raining lanceros, but now I think it is a downpour as more cigar brands are filling out the portfolios of their most popular blends with the long-lost lancero vitola. The latest[…]

The Tabernacle Lancero

Foundation Cigar Co. The Tabernacle Lancero Cigar Review

Back in August of 2016, I had the pleasure of reviewing the The Tabernacle Toro cigar which was one of the fantastic blends Nick Melillo introduced at the 2016 IPCPR.  So when my good friend and Stogie Press associate, Alton Otto, gifted me some Lanceros of The Tabernacle. I have to say I was grateful for[…]

The Stogie Press 2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 1, 2018 What a year 2017 has been. Even with the FDA regulations there was a plethora of new releases and even though we didn’t smoke them all, those we did, showcased the amazing skill and craft of so many cigar makers and factories. This years competition was tight and making[…]

Foundation Highclere Castle Cigar Review

Back in March of 2015, Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced, Season 6 would be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey. Interestingly, 2015 was the year Nicholas Melillo (Nick-R-Agua), the former head of Drew Estate Nicaragua, formed the Foundation Cigar Company. Now here we are in 2017 and we learn there is a[…]

Foundation Wise Man Maduro Guest Cigar Review

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Zachary Riley, who has been a fervent reader of Stogie Press and recently contacted me to see if he could pen a review for publication. I have to say, he is a well informed cigar smoker.  We chatted for a bit this past weekend, and decided he would write his inaugural[…]

Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS

Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS Southbury, CT – July 8, 2016 – Rick Ardito has officially joined Foundation Cigar Company as Brand Manager, for the highly anticipated July 2016 release of Nick Melillo’s exciting new brand, “The Upsetters.” Ardito brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience[…]