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.

Review: La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show Liga LR-1 (Prerelease)

Since being selected as one of the brands in the General Cigar portfolio to get a significant amount of focus and attention, La Gloria Cubana…

Press Release: Table 36 Debuts the Fellowship Line of Premium Cigars

September 15, 2012 (St. Louis, MO) — Table 36, an emerging boutique cigar maker, unveiled its first premium cigar line in May. Fellowship, a medium-…

News: Emilio Cigars to Distribute Guayacan Cigars

Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced via Facebook late Thursday night that he has entered into an agreement with Noel Rojas of Guayacan Cigars to…

Guayacan Torpedo

One of the first-time exhibitors at the 2012 IPCPR trade show, Guayacan had impressed a colleague so much that he walked me straight over to…

Review: Jameson La Resolución (Prerelease)

For Jameson Cigars’ latest release, owner Brad Mayo dug into the history books a bit and came up with a name that hasn’t been seen…

Press Release: Cigar Inn to Launch Fernando León

August 31, 2012 (Miami, FL) — In 1997, Fernando León of La Aurora Cigars traveled to New York City with Nestor Miranda from Miami Cigar…

Review: Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto (Prerelease)

A flurry of press releases about Rocky Patel’s new lines came out just prior to the IPCPR convention and trade show in Orlando, among which was…

News: Australia’s High Court Upholds Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

Plain packaging on cigars and other tobacco products is about to become a reality in Australia, as the country’s High Court upheld the constitutionality of…

XIKAR HC Series Habano² Robusto (Prerelease)

The XIKAR HC Series has an interesting history, dating all the way back to 2007 and XIKAR’s entry into the cigar market with the Defiance,…

Press Release: Macanudo Vintage 2006

General Cigar is proud to present Macanudo Vintage 2006, a phenomenal cigar showcasing only the most refined Connecticut Shade wrapper leaves from the 2006 crop….

Press Release: Don Sixto By Plasencia

Introducing Don Sixto by Plasencia, a new collection developed by the Plasencia Group. Don Sixto will be marketed and distributed exclusively by General Cigar, marking…