Charlie Minato
About the author
I am an editor and co-founder of 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.

Viaje Shipping 2020 Super Shots, Phat Carolina Reaper Next Week

A trio of Viaje cigars will ship to retailers next week. The company has announced that the 2020 batch of Super Shot and a new...
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TAA Cancels 2021 Meeting, Virtual Meeting Scheduled

The TAA 2021 Meeting & Convention will be held virtually. Due to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Tobacconists’ Association of America Ltd (TAA) has...
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Coles of London Takes Over U.S. Distribution of S.T.Dupont

Coles of London is now the U.S. distributor of S.T.Dupont products for the tobacco segment. It’s an extension to an existing relationship between the Paris-based...
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GTO Adds Two Sizes to La Cura

GTO Cigars has expanded its La Cura line with two new sizes, being branded as the GTO La Cura Maduro. While the cigars carry a...
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La Corona Corona

My two cigars for our annual Holy Grail Week are two cigars that I couldn’t really find much information about. What we bought was a...
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Caldwell, La Barba Increasing Prices Jan. 15

The Caldwell and La Barba brands will be increasing prices on their cigars by 30 cents effective Jan. 15. Those changes won’t affect the Manzanita...
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Michael Herklots, Brendon Scott Acquire Nat Sherman International Brands

The Nat Sherman cigar brands are back but Nat Sherman isn’t back. Michael Herklots and Brendon Scott—two former employees of the now-closed Nat Sherman International—have...
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Fratello Names Zev Kaminetsky VP of Sales

Zev Kaminetsky will be the new vp of sales for Fratello. The company announced that Kaminetsky will formally begin his role on Jan. 11. He most...
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Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2021 Coming in February

There will once again be a Winston Churchill Limited Edition. The new Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2021 is a 6 x 52 toro that...
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Cifuentes Super Estupdendos

If you want to find out about obscure Cuban cigar releases on the internet, your best resource is It’s the website we link to frequently...
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The Week That Never Ends (Programming Notes)

This annual New Year’s tradition at halfwheel contains a few elements. There’s the programming notes portion, a reminder, a reflection and a small peak into what...
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