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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.

Press Release: Quality Acquires Stinky Distribution

MIAMI, January 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Quality Importers, the premier cigar accessory manufacturer and distributor, announced today they have acquired exclusive worldwide distribution of Stinky…

Cain Daytona Release & Other News from Oliva

The following is excessive. But I’m not going to lie… this is almost necessary to make the news post tomorrow readable, as Oliva sent out six press releases in a forty-eight hour period. But, we aren’t just reposting things. Info not found in any of the press releases: a release date for the much-hearelded Cain Daytona. Oliva also confirmed my prior report on the Cain F NUb and its release in January.

Editorial: In Response to the Gurkha Raja

Kaizad Hansotia, founder of Gurkha, and a man who I have a lot of respect for when it comes to reinventing cigar packaging, gave an…

Weekly News (January 3, 2010)

I hope everyone has recovered from what hopefully was a fun and safe new years… (Awkward transition) And now the news… Pete Johnson tweeted about…

Weekly News (December 27, 2010)

First, I hope you enjoyed the holidays, even if you aren’t religious and don’t celebrate Boxing Day; now let’s see if I can get through…

Press Release: La Gloria Cubana Inmensos

December 23, 2010 — Habanos S.A. is pleased to present the latest novelty exclusively aimed at La Casa del Habano stores worldwide: La Gloria Cubana…

Weekly News (December 20, 2010)

Hmm… the news. On Wednesday, I broke some news regarding the second (and unreleased) batch of Nosotros, or Nosotros “seconds” as some like to refer…

Ten Questions for 2011

Screw top ten lists… Okay, maybe not. My list will be out at some point for all four of you that care, but in the…

Nosotros Lives On (Exclusive)

Remember when I rambled about how Nosotros was dead. Surprise! Well, it’s not being brought back to life per say, but it is going to…

Weekly News (December 13, 2010)

Apologies for the lack of reviews recently, things have been hectic, but normalcy should return this week. As a few of you know, I was…

Press Release: La Aurora Unveils Broadway Series for New York State Only

December 8, 2010 — MIAMI FL – Miami Cigar & Company, the exclusive U.S. distributor for La Aurora, announces help is on the way for New York. Tobacconists are suffering under harsh tobacco tax of 75% of wholesale cost which prices many cigars out of the average smoker’s reach. La Aurora vice president Guillermo León says it is time for action to help smokers. As a result, León and Miami Cigar and Company President Nestor Miranda are releasing a special Broadway Series by La Aurora with a suggested retail price of $12.25 including the onerous NY state tobacco tax.