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.

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…

Rocky Patel Decade Edición Limitada Released (Exclusive)

The Rocky Patel Decade Edición Limitada will be released next week. The cigar first debuted last year around spring, and since it’s a new year…

Viaje Skull & Bones Red & Oro Reserva (Exclusive)

Updated (March 6, 2011) — Pictures via Paul Palmer. The New Skull & Bones The Viaje Facebook logo went red, and rumor has it, so…

New Bands for 601 (Again)

Eddie Ortega has promised new 601 bands for a while, and here they are. Earlier today, Patrick Vivalo of Rocky Patel, the company who has…

Weekly News (February 28, 2011)

And cigar news… (Going to have to find a way to keep the intros interesting, which might be difficult.) This past week was dominated by…

Recap: XIII Festival del Habano

Ethically, doing a recap on an event I didn’t attend is probably a mortal sin; however it’s Habanosfest. Actually, my decision for this post is…

Zino Platinum Specter Z-Class & Other Davidoff News (Exclusive)

Zino Platinum Specter Z-Class This is a new Nicaraguan blend for the Zino Platinum line and will debut in May. Twenty-count boxes of the four…