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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.

The Changing of the Guard: 2019 Edition

Astonishing. It took me a while to find the correct word to describe it. Astonishing—not incredible—is the correct word. Also, scary. Yesterday’s confirmation that Craig Reynolds...
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Dominican Cigarmaker José Dominguez Arrested Over Tax Evasion

José Dominguez, the Dominican cigarmaker behind the Victor Sinclair brand and others, was arrested yesterday in Santiago, Dominican Republic on charges of tax fraud. Those...
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Craig Reynolds, Head of Cigars International, Retiring in May

Craig Reynolds, the leader of the Cigars International—the world’s largest cigar retailer—will be retiring in May 2020. That is when his contract ends, though Reynolds...
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Boulder, Colo. Considers Flavor Tobacco Ban, Increased Purchasing Age & Higher Taxes for Tobacco

Yesterday, the Boulder City Council gave its initial support to a trio of anti-tobacco measures, including one that could make the Colorado city the most...
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Tarazona Ships Caraballo828 Claro & Oscuro

Tarazona Cigars has announced that it has begun shipping the new Caraballo828. The Caraballo828 Claro and Oscuro are both now heading to stores. For the...
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Padrón Announces 2019 Price Increase

Padrón has announced a price increase on some of its lines effective Aug. 12, 2019. “As the landscape of our industry continues to change due...
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Jas Sum Kral Shipping 100mg CBD Nuggs Next Week

Jas Sum Kral’s CBD cigar is getting a more intense version next week. The Jas Sum Kral Nuggs 100mg uses a broadleaf maduro over the...
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Cigars International Opening in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Next Year

Cigars Intertnational has announced the location of its first Florida store: Pasco County. The world’s largest cigar retailer has submitted plans for a 9,500-square-foot standalone...
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Tatuaje Ships Mexican Experiment, ME II

Eight Tatuaje cigars with Mexican San Andrés wrappers are heading to stores. Tatuaje has begun shipping the 2019 version of its Mexican Experiment, as well...
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Drew Estate Ships ACID Kuba Arte

The flagship release for the 20th anniversary of ACID is heading to stores. Yesterday, Drew Estate began shipping the new ACID Kuba Arte, a limited...
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Juárez OBS

For most of its existence, Crowned Heads has made cigars at two factories. Primarly at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in the Dominican...
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