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Charlie Minato
Charlie Minato
About the author
I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

Sarah Santos Named Head of Cigars International

Sarah Santos will be the next head of Cigars International, the world’s largest retailer. Officially, Santos’ title will be president of North American Online and...
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Crowned Heads Ships La Coalición

Crowned Heads is now shipping its second new release this week. La Coalición, a cigar made for the company by Drew Estate, is now off...
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House Committee Exempts $12+ Cigars from FDA’s Substantial Equivalence, Most New Anti-Tobacco Regulations

And finally some good news. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health passed H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of...
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XIKAR Ensō Ships

The newest XIKAR cutter is off to stores. Quality Importers Trading Co. has announced that it has begun shipping the XIKAR Ensō, a new round...
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Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Full Court Press LE 2019 Ships

It will be a busy week for the Crowned Heads shipping department. First up is the new Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Full Court Press...
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Benchmade Adds 381 Aller Fumée Cigar Knife

Benchmade Knife Co. has announced its latest cigar focused product: 381 Aller Fumée ($160). For this cutter, Benchmade updated its existing 380 knife and created...
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Understanding H.R. 2339: A Doomsday Scenario for the Cigar Industry That Probably Won’t Happen

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health passed H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. The bill includes...
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JRE Ships Aladino Corojo Reserva Corona No.4 Limitado

The Aladino Corojo Reserva Corona No.4 Limitado is off to stores. JRE Tobacco Co. has begun shipping the first in what it’s describing as the Our...
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Emilio AF2 Corona (2019)

Earlier this year, L.J. Zucca announced that Black Label Trading Co. would be effectively taking over the Emilio brand. Fabrica Oveja Negra—the factory that is...
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STG Announces Lower Revenue, Higher Profits for Q3 2019

It would appear that some of the cost cutting measures taken by Scandanavian Tobacco Group (STG) are working. STG—the parent of General Cigar Co., Cigars...
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Gabriel Alvarez Out at Casa Cuevas

Casa Cuevas has announced that it has accepted the resignation of Gabriel Alvarez, who has served as the national sales director for the company since...
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