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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.

PCA 2021: The Cigar Ashtray

Most of the companies we cover at the trade show can be served by a pretty cookie-cutter approach: what are your new items, when are...
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Five Things: What Today’s Federal Appeals Court Loss Means for Cigars

Today, the cigar industry suffered a resounding defeat at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. It’s the latest ruling in Cigar...
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PCA 2021: Sinistro

My first visit to the Sinistro booth was towards the end of the day and it was notably a bit quiet. I had glanced over...
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Federal Appeals Court Sharply Rejects Cigar Industry’s Appeal in FDA Lawsuit

The three cigar industry trade groups have lost their most recent appeal in the ongoing lawsuit over FDA’s deeming regulations. The decision was unanimous and...
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PCA 2021: S.T.Dupont

For Brooks Whittington, the trade show work is divided into two parts: those companies that are in the Drew Estate booth and those that are...
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La Gianna Havana Angelic Returns to Market

United Cigars has announced that its sweet-tipped La Gianna Havana is returning to the market. The brand was introduced in 2001, though at some point...
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PCA 2021: Top 3 Things — Charlie Minato

The PCA 2021 Convention & Trade Show is over, and, as I write this, our booth coverage is entering the final quarter or so. There...
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PCA 2021: Topper

For months, Chris Topper has been talking about his upcoming Topper 125th Anniversary. And like so many other cigar companies, he’s been telling me, “the...
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PCA 2021: J. London Cigars

J. London wasn’t a brand that I was expecting to see at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show. It wouldn’t be surprising to see...
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PCA 2021: La Aurora

For whatever reason, La Aurora decided to only talk to halfwheel about one news item prior to the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show. And while...
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PCA 2021: Tarazona

While it’s the middle of summer and the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show is in one of the hottest cities in the U.S. with...
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