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.

House Tax Bill Includes Massive Cigar Tax Increase

The new major tax bill proposed by Democrats in the House of Representatives would dramatically increase the federal taxes on tobacco products, including more than…

S.T.Dupont Updates miniJet for 2021

The third generation of S.T.Dupont miniJet is now available. Coles of London, S.T.Dupont’s U.S. distributor, has announced that it is taking orders for a new…

Proscrito Adding Tyler Durden in November

There’s a new, Fight Club-inspired cigar heading to stores in November. Proscrito Cigars of Greenville, S.C. will introduce Tyler Durden, a 5 3/4 x 52 robusto…

Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve 2021 Arrives at Stores

Retailers around the country have begun taking delivery of the Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve 2021. The Unnamed Reserve is a loose collection of cigars—typically sent…

PCA Promotes Ryan Parada

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) has announced that Ryan Parada is now joining the organization as a full-time employee. His title is manager of government…

CLE Ships Eiroa PCA Exclusive 2021

The Eiroa PCA Exclusive 2021 is heading to retailers. As the name implies, the cigar was created specifically for retailers who attended and placed orders…

Illusione, Jeremy Piven Collaborate for PIV Robusto

Film and television star Jeremy Piven will be getting his own cigar by way of Illusione. Over the last year, Piven has met with a…

Montecristo Espada Oscuro Magnum Especial Heads Nationwide

While the Montecristo Espada Oscuro Magnum Especial isn’t new, you might start seeing it in many stores for the first time. The cigar, which is…

Thieves Steal 75,000 Cigars from CLE Warehouse

Over the weekend, thieves broke into the CLE Cigar Co. warehouse in Miami, stealing 74,320 cigars. Most of the SKUs stolen were from the Asylum…

Ramón Allones Sr. Henry Honors Heinrich Villiger

Last year, Heinrich Villiger turned 90-years-old, which of course calls for a special cigar. Villiger, who is the chairman of the Switzerland-based Villiger cigar empire,…

Quesada Ships Trio of 2021 New Releases

Quesada’s new releases for 2021 are off to stores. The company has begun shipping the Casa Magna Liga F, the Quesada 1974 Toro and the…