Cigar News: Ventura Cigars | Fathers Friends and Fire Series


To celebrate the bond of fatherhood and friendship, Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) have partnered with select tobacconists and shops around the USA for Fathers, Friends, and Fire, a series of events that will be aimed at sharing stories, experiences, and the love of premium cigars and pipe tobacco.

The events will occur throughout the month of June, as festive affairs offering the opportunity for attendees to meet, take a photo, and smoke with cigar industry notables like Michael Giannini, General Manager at Ventura Cigar Company, and Erik Stokkebye.  Guests of these events will receive a printed and digital copy of photos with Giannini or Stokkebye, and also special offers on Ventura Cigar Company brands like Archetype, Case Study, PSyKo Seven, 4th Generation Tobacconist, and Comoy’s of London.

“There’s nothing quite like a gathering of good friends and family.  There’s a satisfying happiness found in sharing experiences and stories of the past and present. Our events are aimed at bringing people together, away from their busy lives, to enjoy- really enjoy- each other’s company. Erik and I are looking forward to traveling about the country, hearing stories and sharing smokes with our tobacconists and their guests.” says Giannini.

VCC commissioned special mementos to give out at the events.  These will not be available for individual sale.  Special cigars created by the father-daughter team of Omar and Indiana Ortez will be featured.  These special  Father-Daughter cigars will come packaged in a 2-cigar coffin and are only available at these special events during the month of June.

Benjamin Winokur, brand manager for VCC said, “I was really excited to collaborate with Indiana and her father on this project.  The Fathers, Friends, and Fire event series means a lot to me personally, as my father was the one who got me into cigars. To have the opportunity to share Indiana’s story, alongside the cigar she created with her father for these events is very special.”

Guests who attend the pipe events will get an exclusive pipe cleaner holder, autographed by Erik Stokkebye himself.  Erik’s family has been making pipe tobacco blends designing pipes for many generations.

“We’re offering fans of Ventura Cigar Company brands a real treat,” says Jason Carignan, CMO of Kretek, parent company of VCC. “Fathers, Friends, and Fire is giving people the opportunity to share a smoke and a story with industry legends, Michael Giannini and Erik Stokkebye, and to also spend time with their loved ones, be they friends or family. We’re pleased to partner with our retailers to pay homage to the bonds of fatherhood and friendship, and the shared enjoyment of premium cigars and pipe tobacco.”

Fathers, Friends, and Fire events will be held around the country in the month of June. Tickets are limited in number and will be available at the participating Tobacconists and Smoke Shops for $10 each.  For the event dates and locations, please visit For more information about Ventura Cigar Company and its offerings, please visit