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: adorini announces two new humidors at Inter-tabac

Cologne, September 16, 2011 – The new adorini product line offers innovative solutions for protecting and humidifying cigars on the go and at home, or…

Press Release: General Cigar Announces Sherwin Seltzer’s Retirement

Richmond, VA—General Cigar announces today that industry veteran Sherwin Seltzer will retire at the end of October, thus concluding a storied career spanning more than…

Press Release: New Urbano Sumatra Boutique Premium Cigar

Matt Urbano, founder and owner of Urbano Cigars, describes his company’s just-released, second boutique premium cigar: “Urbano Sumatra has a sweet, earthy flavor that settles…

Press Release: Pride Cigars Debuts “809”

September 15, 2011 — Ares (AH-res) Contreras, founder and president of Pride Cigars, Inc., offers his new 809 value-priced premium cigar line, in time for…

Changes at AVO, Griffin’s & Winston Churchill (Exclusive)

A few weeks ago news became public that Eddie Simon would be leaving his role as Brand Manager for AVO, Griffin’s and Winston Churchill. (Eddie…

Weekly News (September 12, 2011)

Editor’s Note: And we shall call this, the one where everything has been delayed. After the jump is news on four major releases that have…

Editorial: The Business of A.J.

I preface this with: I actually think the Oval is a decent cigar and this is by no means the first time this has happened;…

Press Release: Ocean State Cigars Launches New J. Grotto Series Reserve Boutique Premium Cigar Line

September 10, 2011 — Paul Joyal, founder and president of Ocean State Cigars, Inc., describes his new J. Grotto Series Reserve boutique premium cigar line:…

Weekly News (September 5, 2011)

Editor’s Note: I’ve made a concerted effort not to speculate on the outcome of Fernandez v. García et al (i.e. the El Rey de los…

José Blanco Joins Joya de Nicaragua

On August 29, 2011, Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. (JDN) appointed Jose Blanco, formerly a director of La Aurora Cigars, as Senior Vice President. Blanco is…

Surrogates Cigars Bone Crusher & Skull Breaker

This was mentioned a few weeks ago in the news, and today the details became public. Surrogates Cigars is made made for Dan Welsh of…