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.

Review: Arturo Fuente Don Arturo Gran AniverXario (Natural)

Over the past few months I’ve acquired a few of these in both wrappers, some I’ve picked up at a more reasonable price, others given…

Weekly News (March 28, 2011)

Pete Johnson gave an update to Saints & Sinners. Pete is waiting on swag for the club, which he says won’t be in until May,…

Tatuaje PJ40th, just a Fausto

We do a great job at promoting cigar rumors and news. Every once in a while we are wrong, other times we are really really…

Weekly News (March 21, 2011)

It’s been a busy week to say the least, and not just in cigar news. Tons of new news, including a few that came out…

Tatuaje Tattoo (Exclusive)

When the State of the Brand: Tatuaje was published in mid-January, the most intriguing story was by far a legal fight between Tatuaje and Nicaraguan…

Weekly News (March 14, 2011)

Add this to the list of things I forgot last week… Illusione is adding a lot of Maduro. I originally was under the impression that…

First Look: Studio Tobac Limited Edition Sampler

Oliva’s Studio Tobac World Tour kicks off today and we might have gotten a sneak peak of the Studio Tobac Limited Edition Sampler. If you…

Editorial: re: I make gimmicky cigars cool

I think we get it… Exclusivo Jar/Black Label Corona Gorda; TNT/Firecracker; Skull & Bones/T110… but seriously, of all the ones to get upset about, the…

the eñd, the beginning

At the end of last year, I sat down and tried to figure out what this blog was doing wrong. There was a fundamental problem…

State of the Brand: Gurkha

Don’t say I don’t listen to our readers. Back in early February, a reader, who I’ll call “John H.” for this article, asked me if…

Weekly News (March 7, 2011)

A week after Jerry Cruz proclaimed that the only one who did news was CA, and everyone else shouldn’t really try; Jerry did a bit…