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 (August 1, 2011)

Editor’s Note: I apologize for the delay in the news, server issues have prevented publishing. The original editor’s note reads as follows… And today is…

J. Fuego 777 Corojo & Paka

“Paka” means “smoke” in Hawaii and it will be the name of a new limited edition made for Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquor in Hawaii….

IPCPR 2011: Davidoff Group

There are a lot of new faces at Davidoff, a lot. Some are formal additions like Matt Booth and Dylan Austin, who moved Room 101…

IPCPR 2011: Prometheus

Prometheus’ mixture of limited editions, regular lines and accessories make it one of the busiest booths of the show, this year was no different. I…

IPCPR 2011: Room 101

After some high ratings from everyone’s favorite print publication earlier, the amount of people taking note of Room 101 has no doubt skyrocketed. I was…

IPCPR 2011: Ashton

A new size from Carlito and a new blend from Pepín. That’s the tough life that Robert Levin, head of Ashton, has to live with….

IPCPR 2011: General Cigar Co.

One of the larger questions going into the 2011 IPCPR, CAO? (That was, “CAO”, “insert question mark.”) At one point there seemed to be a…

IPCPR 2011: J. Fuego

While the approach of Jesus Fuego’s booth at the 2011 IPCPR show seemed a bit quieter than the prior, the booth felt busier in terms…

IPCPR 2011: My Father Cigars

A few months ago, Jose Ortega and Janny García stopped by Dallas. We spoke about a lot of the new releases that were planned, including…

IPCPR 2011: Padrón

This could really be a lot easier. The Family Reserve 47th shall be known as the Padrón 85th. Jorge Padrón explained they changed the name…

IPCPR 2011: Illusione

And it was a big year for Dion. Back in February, Dion Giolito dropped quite a bombshell indicating that he would be launching a maduro…