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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.


Wine Glasses Article
Wine Cocktails Get Their Due   December 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Wine-based cocktails rarely get real respect, but at NYC Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's The Upholstery Room wine bar, a well-crafted list created by wine & beverage director Leo Schneemann features an array of drinks relying on wine as the heart of the concept. Schneemann shares the secrets behind the...more >>

Jack Robertiello Blog
Annual Trend Reports Worth Reviewing    December 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Two reports out in the past few weeks were interesting to read and worthy of review including the National Restaurant Association's Annual Survey and Technomic's BarTAB.

Drink Article
'Tis The Season...To Warm up with Winter Menus    December 11, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

If you haven't already devised your winter warmers, at least a couple, you'll find some menu inspiration here, as well as a speakeasy with great provenance, and some ambitious tackling of holiday menus.

Red Cross Blog
Sandy Leaves Her Mark on NY Area Bars   November 27, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

The waters have receded and the winds died down, but the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy will be long-lasting and in some cases permanent. Many bars and restaurants are struggling to get back on their feet, but among the stars of the recovery are the NYC chapter of the United States...more >>

Cocktail Article
Four Distinct Stand Out Cocktail Programs    November 27, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Wine-based drinks, Francophile cocktails, infusions in bottles and giving the customer what he/she wants - four smart and coherent ways to build a cocktail program.

Kevin Sousa Article
Smoked Onions and Fernet Anyone?   November 27, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Pittsburgh's chef Kevin Sousa has developed a reputation for his strong culinary vision and dedication to the steel city, and now he's put his mark on the cocktail scene as well.

Jack Robertiello Blog
Whither White Whiskey?   November 13, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Two new white whiskies from the biggest names in American spirits make it clear that some folks are optimistic about the quality and prospects for the stuff - count me not among them.

Cocktail Article
The Straw that Stirs the Drink   November 13, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Making your menu stand out means: A. Including rare, housemade ingredients; B. Taking classic recipes and making them your own; C. Handing the menu over to a different bartender each night; D. All of the above.

Pisco Article
Big Pisco   November 13, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders, especially in San Francisco, have been at the forefront of the return of pisco to the American cocktail repertoire. Master distiller Johnny Schuler explains the differences in this musto verde pisco and how the American palate is coming around to the pleasures of the South American...more >>

Medical Insurance Blog
Who's a Professional?   October 30, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Bartenders are many things, but can the job be considered a profession when so many don't have medical insurance?



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