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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: Iconic Leaf Cigar Co.

For much of the time leading up to the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, Scott Weeks wasn’t planning on attending. His reasoning was that...
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PCA 2021: Elie Bleu

Every year people will ask me a pretty basic question, “what have you smoked (at the trade show) that you like?” Each time, I reply...
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PCA 2021: Debonaire House

There’s a lot talk about with Phil Zanghi III of Debonaire House; there’s always a lot to talk about with Zanghi. He’s been in the...
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PCA 2021: Cattle Baron Cigars

There are many reasons why specific people weren’t in attendance at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, but I’m pretty sure Bryan Mussard had...
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CAO Flathead V21 Shipping Next Month

General Cigar Co. has announced a new extension for its CAO Flathead brand. On Aug. 3, the company will begin shipping the CAO Flathead V21...
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PCA 2021: Lampert Cigars

One of the more awkward parts of the PCA Convention & Trade Show can occur when we give a less than favorable rating to a...
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PCA 2021: Arturo Fuente

Covering the Arturo Fuente booth at a trade show requires an intimate knowledge of the company’s products because if you don’t know what’s new, the...
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PCA 2021: Integra Boost

I’ve known about Desiccare’s Integra Boost brand for years, but it’s only become a common name in the cigar industry in the last couple of...
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PCA 2021: Manny Iriarte Enterprises

This is hardly Manny Iriarte’s first trade show. He’s been a fixture in the Arturo Fuente booth for as long as I can remember. The...
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PCA 2021: Patoro

Like seemingly most Europeans who planned on attending the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, Dr. Pablo Richard ran into difficulty getting the proper approval...
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PCA 2021: Rocky Patel Premium Cigars

A couple of days ago I saw someone who works at Rocky Patel. He apologized for not responding to my emails about what new products...
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