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.

General Cigar to Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary

Richmond, VA—General Cigar will commemorate its golden anniversary with a ten-city tour that will hit chic, cigar-friendly venues across the U.S. beginning on July 27…

Press Release: General Cigar Wins in Court Over Cohiba Trademark Dispute

Richmond, VA-On July 14, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of General Cigar in the latest round of…

Toraño Family Cigars (Update)

There will be a quite a bit of info regarding Toraño today, I’ll try to get the press release as fast as I can. The…

Ashton Takes Over Bovedá Distribution

As per Cigar Aficionado: Ashton Distributors Inc., the owners and distributors of some of the best-known premium cigar brands in the world, will begin distributing…

Press Release: Jose Ortega Named Vice President of Sales for My Father Cigars

Miami, FL, 15 July – My Father Cigars, Inc., the principal company of the Garcia Family’s growing cigar manufacturing and sales colossus, announced the appointment…

Weekly News (July 12, 2010)

Interesting news regarding Cuba… Despite reports of cutting sizes, Habanos S.A. is apparently turning better profit margins than last year. The explanation is the rise…

Weekly News (July 5, 2010)

The Thompson Cigar Factory in Bartow was saved from its death. The House Committee on Agriculture voted (25-20) to move forward with plans to remove…

Final 601 Packaging

I previously showed you the pictures of the new bands of the 601 brand provided by Eddie Ortega on the the EO Forums, today he…

Weekly News (June 28, 2010)

Gran Habano introduced the world’s largest cigar at Famous Smoke’s event over the weekend. Habana Cuba Oliveros makers of Oliveros have increased production close to…

New 601 Bands & 601 Black Discontinued

A couple weeks ago EO Brands (makers of the 601, Cubao & Murcielago labels) sold a 50% stake to Rocky Patel. Within the short press…

Introducing the Montecristo Clubs

Yesterday Habanos S.A. announced the new Montecristo Clubs. The machine made cigars are offered in tins of fifty and packs of twenty. The Clubs are…