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Patrick Lagreid
Patrick Lagreid
About the author
I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

Press Release: Manzone Named European Head of Oettinger Davidoff Group

May 22, 2012 (Basel, Switzerland) – Albert Manzone has joined the Oettinger Davidoff Group as Senior Vice President Europe. He brings a deep knowledge of...
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News: Viaje Queues Up New Releases and New Projects

Over the weekend, Andre Farkas of Viaje made appearances at a pair of events for the launch of the 2012 edition of his Zombie cigar,...
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Press Release: Blanco Cigars at the Republican Convention

May 17, 2012 (Clearwater, FL) — The Blanco Cigar Company is the only cigar manufacturer/importer to have been certified as a cigar supplier for the 2012...
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Press Release: California’s Proposition 29 is Flawed, and Set to Repeat Mistakes

May 16, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) — In California, a pending ballot measure to raise tobacco taxes is being scrutinized by citizens. The initiative, Proposition 29, proposes a $1 tax increase for cigarettes as well as tax increases for premium cigars and pipe tobaccos. The initiative proposes to create a committee...
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Press Release: State Legislature Again Dismisses Proposed State Smoking Ban

May 17, 2012 (Montgomery, AL) — In Alabama, the recent crusade against smokers and public smoking has hit a wall, it seems. Thanks to the...
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Viaje Exclusivo Robusto (2012)

News of the latest Viaje releases surfaced in early May, as retailers began receiving a trio of new cigars from Andre Farkas: a pair of...
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Press Release: Hoyo de Monterrey Kicks Off Box a Day Giveaway

May 16, 2012 (Richmond, VA) — To celebrate the launch of the new Hoyo de Monterrey website, General Cigar is rolling out a “Box a...
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News: Davidoff Puro d’Oro Gets New Bands and New Size

Davidoff’s Puro d’Oro line of cigars is getting both a new size and a new look in the coming weeks. According to a story posted...
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News: Viaje Shows Off 5th Anniversary Cigar Band

On Wednesday afternoon, Andre Farkas showed off the all-white band of his new Viaje 5th Anniversary cigar via the Viaje Facebook page. No details on...
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Review: Arturo Fuente King T Rosado

With Arturo Fuente celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, a number of new releases have been both rumored and announced — from regular production cigars to...
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Review: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Oscuro Natural A

Since its debut in 2003, La Flor Dominicana’s Double Ligero line has been home to some of the company’s more unique vitolas – including Litto Gomez’s...
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