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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.

Mariena Mercer Article
Mariena Mercer, 21st Century Cosmo Woman   May 3, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas faced a high bar of expectations when it opened last fall. At the multi-level Chandelier, general manager and property mixologist Mariena Mercer has shot right over the top.

Strainer Article
Swizzle, Shake & Strain   May 2, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Like most culinary trends, local currents drive much of what happens behind the bar. Trends in drinking and trends in bar tools go hand in hand. Today’s bar toolbox is somewhat different from that of years past and continues to evolve in new directions.

Pintao Thumb Article
Rum, Defined   May 2, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Now that rum has established its reputation as something more than just a good-time beverage, there are compelling reasons to look at the various regional styles available. Here are some rules worth knowing about who makes what.

Abueloita Rum Article
Rum Rocks the Nation   May 2, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Rum is gaining legions of fans as some distillers offer new flavors and age expressions, while others work hard at developing the United States as a market for older and more sophisticated rums.

Jack Robertiello Blog
What Female Bartenders Deserve   April 19, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Everyone loves Top 10 lists, so what's wrong with naming the Top 10 female bartenders? Plus, check out what's coming from Grant Achatz's Aviary.

Pisco Pour Article
Even More Spring on the Menu   April 19, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Spring cocktail menus are still rolling out! This time we search through the damp streets of Boston for drinks, many of which include gin, Aperol and even a dash of produce.

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Article
Ultimate Cocktail Challenge, Tequila in Key West, Cocktail Jam NYC   April 19, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Cocktail competition news: Ultimate Cocktail Challenge winners announced, a tequila showdown heads to Key West, bartenders go head-to-head for Cocktail Jam and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America reports results of distributor mixologist contests.

Adam Kanter Article
In Philly, Rum Means Rum Bar    April 19, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

It's not easy to build a spirit-focused bar program in beer-mad Philadelphia, but Adam Kanter's Rum Bar has become a tropical drinker's paradise.

Scotch glass Article
Spirits Competitions Name Winners   April 5, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

The two top U.S. overall spirits competitions named the best of the best in the past month, and the category winners reveal a few surprises; plus, do consumers get a voice?

Spring Menus, Part Deux   April 5, 2011
By: Jack Robertiello

Cherries, bitters, gin, sparkling wine and Tiki: Are these the new signs of spring drinking?

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