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South Florida event with Torano Co.

The Mediterranean Mansion is a magnificent work of architecture. Originally constructed in 1931 the mansion was later redesigned by the legendary J. Wallace Tutt. Tutt, who designed Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion) sadly passed away shortly after putting his final touches of genius into the mansion. Tutt was quite proud of his last project which boasts three separate two story buildings that are designed with an ancient Italian-inspired aesthetic, complete with whitewashed stone and Mahogany wood-upholstered trim, offering a total of 8,800 square feet of luxurious living space.

South Beach became a bit more exotic as the Mediterranean Mansion opened its doors on Wed. the 8th of December with a spectacular cocktail event as over 300 guests enjoyed cocktails from Brown-Foreman, art, music and some of the finest cigars courtesy of Toraño Family Cigar Co. Toraño was represented at the event by president Charlie Toraño and vice president of marketing, Bruce Lewis. This amazing event which was held under the Miami stars was a perfect setting as guests had the opportunity to sample a variety of Toraño’s best cigars including new releases, Single Region and Master by Carlos Toraño.

Charlie Toraño and Bruce Lewis were gracious hosts as they chatted with cigar aficionados and cigar novices alike about the passion that goes into creating hand crafted cigars. Event goers were only happy to light up as they sipped on cocktails while taking in the beauty of the magnificent art and architecture which encompassed the evening. Charlie Toraño was shocked and honored when asked by the Mansion’s owners Brian and Mary Tuffin to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony along with local politicians and celebrities. With a cigar in hand and scissors in the other Charlie snipped the red ribbon with other notables which signified an important architectural accomplishment in the Magic City.

The Mediterranean Mansion was successfully designed to be an alternative space in the city of fun and sun. The Mansion offers the sights and sounds of a secluded Villa in an exotic country while being just a few foot steps away from the trendy and white sands of South Beach. Charlie Toraño said, “It’s quite inspiring to be part of an event which showcases the architectural genius of Wallace Tutt, I am humbled to be here at the opening of his final project.”

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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