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: J. Grotto to Release New ‘Silk’ Line

May 29, 2012 — “I was test-smoking samples for our new J. Grotto Connecticut boutique cigar, the latest addition to our two previous cigars in…

News: Drew Estate to Make BOTL.org 2012 Cigar

The 2012 edition of the BOTL.org cigar has been announced: a 7 x 38 Lancero made by Drew Estate and sold exclusively through PodmanCigars.com, the…

Press Release: Kurt Kendall Adds Lanceros to 7-20-4 and 1874 Lines

May 29, 2012 — This summer will bring two new 7-1/2″ x 38 Lanceros in the 7-20-4 Cigars’ portfolio. Kurt Kendall has added the shape…

Viaje Zombie (2012)

It was April of 2011 when word came out that Viaje was releasing a brand new cigar, but only at two stores, site sponsor Tobacco…

Tatuaje La Casita Criolla HCR

Just shy of a year from the debut of the La Casita Criolla, Pete Johnson announced that a new size would be joining the lineup,…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…