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.

Weekly News (January 24, 2011)

On Tuesday, we broke the news regarding the discontinuation of the AVO 787. La Sirena, Miami Cigar & Co.’s newest release, is in Miami at the warehouse, should be at retailers in a few days. In other news from Miami Cigar & Co., the La Aurora Corojo will be released at the 2011 IPCPR show. For anyone that was at the show this past year, you’ll know it was one of the cigars featured at the booth, however packaging and branding concerns led to a decision to relaunch and release the cigar in July. It will feature new packaging and banding, but the cigar itself will be the same. La Aurora also announced that the 1495 BME Sumo Short Robusto will be making it’s U.S. debut. The NUb-style cigar has been in the European markets since early fall, and Miami Cigar & Co. has now decided to bring the cigar to the U.S. market. It’s 4 x 58 and should be available in a few packaging options, including boxes of five. In other large ring gauge news, the Cain F NUb is also shipping this week, the post from when we originally broke the story now has price points for the two sizes. In other Oliva/Studio Tobac news, rumor has it the Studio Tobac tour will start on el niño diablo’s birthday.

Cain F Nub Becomes Regular Production (Exclusive)

I’m not sure this is really “breaking” or even “news” because everyone knew this was coming, but sources are telling me that Oliva plans on…

La Sirena (Updated)

One of many announcements out of the IPCPR show from Miami Cigar & Co. was the La Sirena. A revival of an older brand, but…

AVO 787 Discontinued/Relaunch at IPCPR 2011 (Exclusive)

Yesterday, Davidoff quietly stopped shipping the 787 and is now no longer taking orders. Edward Simon, brand manager of AVO, told me they will relaunch…

Weekly News (January 17, 2011)

StogieReview decided that it would become the place to break all news regarding cigar shops closing up. First, Walt White informed us that Demuth Tobacco…

State of the Brand: Tatuaje

It’s unlikely that there will be a day three installment of this one… but for now here is day two. Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje,…

State of the Brand: EO Brands/United Tobacco

It’s been a while since we heard from EO Brands, which was one of the hottest stories this summer, as the merger with Rocky Patel…

Weekly News (January 10, 2011)

If there was ever a fun week of news… this is going to be it. It’s an eclectic bit of information. Pete Johnson confirmed what…

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…