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: 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.

Weekly News (December 6, 2010)

The impressive C. Gars Ltd Auction finished, with 85% of the lots selling. The ten highest selling lots: Lot 141 Fidel Castro Presidencia Humidor by…

Press Relase: Trinidad 40th Anniversary Humidor

December 6, 2010 — Habanos, S.A. is proud to present the Trinidad Humidor specially conceived to mark the 40th anniversary of the brand. Made of cedar and majagua with its characteristic green colour, and reproducing the brand logo on the top made of precious Cuban woods, this case is a masterpiece that has resulted from the expert hands and great skill of Cuban craftsmen.

Press Release: Changes at Miami Cigar & Co.

Miami, FL, 6 December…In the first of a series of important changes, Rene J. Castaneda, Vice President of Miami Cigar & Company, announced that he…

Editorial: Minneapolis Smoking Ban

Minnesota passed the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act in 1975. Fast forward pretty much thirty years. In 2005, St. Paul’s City Councilman Dave Thune proposed a smoking ban and two years later it passed. In the time in between, Minneapolis and a host of other cities passed smoking bans. This led state lawmakers to pass the Freedom to Breathe Act in 2007 amending the 1975 legislation by placing much more restrictions on the consumption and sales of tobacco products. There are two main contentions of the act being debated, the use of “sampling” and where smoking is allowed. The Freedom to Breathe Act does not limit smoking in the following areas:

Viaje Holiday Blend 2010

As per Andre Farkas’ Facebook account some more info has leaked about the 2010 Holiday Blend. Well… sort of. It’s the same blend as 2009…

Weekly News (November 29, 2010)

The Tatuaje Anarchy went on pre-order at Smoke Inn this past Friday, orders should start arriving around December 10th. Alec Bradley gave out more information…

Weekly News (November 22, 2010)

It’s been a quietly busy week. The big news, the Tatuaje Anarchy launched. It’s a pigtailed Figurado that measures a 6 1/8 x 48-52 in…

Winter Charity Raffle (Over)

I’ve alluded to this in a lot of places and today I’m proud to announced TheCigarFeed’s Winter Charity Raffle. It had been a while since…

Tatuaje Anarchy

The Tatuaje Anarchy is set to be the next exclusive Tatuaje, unless of course Pete releases something between now and Dec. 10. The cigars will…

Weekly News (November 15, 2010)

Last week when I said Sam Leccia would not be the last one to leave a brand before the end of the year, Tim Ozgener…