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.

Javier Estades Once Again Elected CAA Chairman

Javier Estades is once again the chairman of the Cigar Association of America (CAA). The trade group has announced that Estades—who is the ceo and…

Davidoff Adds Urban Architecture Humidor, Concrete Ashtrays

Davidoff has announced a new line of modern cigar accessories that will arrive at stores during the fall. It’s headlined by the company’s new Davidoff…

Miami Cigar & Co. Ships New Dominican Don Linos

The new Don Lino lines are off to stores. Today, Miami Cigar & Co. began shipping the new Don Lino Connecticut and Maduro. Both cigars…

Punch Brings Back Trio of Limited Editions for Bento Box

General Cigar Co. has announced that three of its Punch limited editions will return next month for a sampler called “Punch Bento Box.” All three…

Davidoff Announces 2021 Golden Band Winners

Oettinger Davidoff AG has announced most of the winners of its annual Golden Band Awards, which recognizes Davidoff’s top-performing retailers based on a number of…

K by Karen Berger Cameroon Robusto

Welcome to the latest installment of what happens when Cameroon wrapper goes to a Nicaraguan cigar factory. I’m always hesitant to call much of anything…

United Cigar & JRE Create Aladino Limited Cigar Bar

United Cigar’s Cigar Bar, cigars packaged designed to look like classic chocolate bars, is back. This time, it’s being made by JRE Tobacco Co. The…

Somerset, Ky. Rejects Proposal for Cigar Bars

The Somerset City Council was set to vote today on a proposal that would have modified the southern Kentucky city’s smoking ordinance to allow for…

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro No.4

If I had to start listing out various Oliva lines, there’s a decent chance that I would skip over the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro….

San Cristóbal de La Habana Harimau Malaya (ER Malasia 2020)

In April, Pacific Cigar Ltd. hosted the debut of the first Edición Regional release for Malaysia. The San Cristóbal de La Habana Harimau Malaya is…

Matilde Limited Exposure No.1 Begins Shipping

The first new Matilde for the U.S. market in quite some time has begun shipping to stores today. It’s the Matilde Limited Exposure No.1, a…