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.

La Caridad del Cobre Parent Rebrands as Herrera Cigars

Frank Herrera, owner of La Caridad del Cobre and CigarLaw.com, has rebranded his parent company as Herrera Cigars. Herrera explained the move was largely about making…

Weekly News (January 22, 2012)

Editor’s Note: It was the week of price increases. Rising energy cost and a new standard of living increase in Nicaragua were the blame for…

Ashton VSG Robusto Especial

In March of 2011, the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) met for their annual trade show and meeting in Cabo San Lucas. For those unfamiliar…

Illusione MKULTRA

In 2006, Dion Giolito decided to release limited quantities of a cigar that he deemed had not met the standards he had set for his…

AVO Legacy

The list of AVO Limited Editions is a lengthy one and the annual early spring birthday release is one of the more anticipated yearly traditions…

E.P. Carrillo NWC Short Run 2012 Announced

Despite claims at IPCPR 2011 that the Short Run series was likely not going to make an appearance in 2012, E.P. Carrillo has began taking…

SAG Imports Raises Prices On Casa Magna & Others

SAG Imports, the parent name for the companies owned by the Quesada family that include the namesake brand, Fonseca and Casa Magna, is the latest…

Davidoff Price Increase Set for February

In what has been a week of price increase announcements, Oettinger Davidoff Group has confirmed there will be a ten cent ($.10) increase to MSRP…

La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 Ships

The lack of La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 has been a rather repeated topic of late, but all that can now change. Miami Cigar &…

Vegas Robaina Maestros (ER Spain 2007)

Last week I mentioned that there was a Vegas Robaina regional release that was identical in size to the El Rey del Mundo Vikingos that…

Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 4

The Litto Gomez Small Batch series is one of the more overlooked cigars on the market. While the cigar itself receives plenty of attention, by…