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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.

Blanco, Line of Duty Settle Legal Dispute

The legal dispute between Blanco Cigar Co. and Line of Duty Cigars is now over. On Jan. 21, attorneys for the two sides informed Judge...
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The Top 25 Cigars of 2020

As you can see below, this is a very different Top 25 cigars list from most. At halfwheel, the 25 best cigars are the 25 best...
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Watch: Top 25 Cigars of 2020 (12:00 P.M. CST)

The time has come. Seemingly everyone does a list, we decide unveil our list live on video—what possibly could go wrong. Watch as Brooks, Patrick...
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Biden Administration Announces Regulatory Freeze, Includes Substantial Equivalence Updates Passed Earlier This Week

As is common for new presidential administrations, the Biden administration has announced a regulatory freeze on all new and pending rules introduced in the last...
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Arturo Fuente Keeps Prices Flat for Almost All of Its Portfolio

Arturo Fuente says it will not be increasing prices for more than 99 percent of its production. That of course means that some—the company says...
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2020 Awards: Packaging Top 10

While seemingly every cigar publication creates some sort of list of what it thinks the best cigars to smoke were in a given year—we have...
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Watch: Packaging Awards 2020 (12:00 P.M. CST)

It’s just one more day until we unveil our Top 25 cigars of 2020, but tune in today to see us unveil our Top 10...
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Avanti Cigar Co. Taking Over U.S. Distribution of Toscano

As expected, the Italian cigar brand Toscano will move its U.S. distribution in-house. Effective Feb. 1, Avanti Cigar Co.—a subsidiary of Parodi Holdings, LLC—will take...
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FDA Codifies Premium Cigar Definition; Finalizes SE for Flavored Cigars & Other Tobacco Products

Yesterday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced finalized rules for premarket product approval through substantial equivalence (SE) or the premarket tobacco product applications...
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2020 Awards: Company of the Year

There are no specific qualifications to be considered for this award. Typically, it seems like the award is given to the company who had the...
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2020 Awards: Factory of the Year

This was as close as any of our Factory of the Year voting to date: first place was separated from second place by a point,...
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