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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.


Craft & Commerce Article
Hip Bar Openings and Locally Inspired Menus   August 24, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

In San Diego, Nate Stanton and Arsalun Tafazol opened Craft & Commerce; the summer menu at SF's Elixir uses organic ingredients when possible; Richard Sandoval opened Zengo in Santa Monica; and more.

Sherry Council of America Article
Creating Sherry, Orange Liqueur and Artichoke Cocktails   August 24, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

The Vinos de Jerez Cocktail Competition is looking for America’s best Sherry Cocktail, while the Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur signature cocktail contest is still on and the Cynar “Bocce and Artichokes” competition has begun.

Ted Breaux Article
Seven Questions with Absinthe Master Ted Breaux   August 24, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

As the maker of Lucid, Ted Breaux has pushed his passion to the front of the absinthe sweepstakes. Next up: four Jade Liqueur absinthe varieties. He’s the man to talk to about the myth-laden beverage, so we did.

Duggan McDonnell Article
Talking Pisco with Duggan McDonnell   August 10, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

Duggan McDonnell of Cantina is one of San Francisco’s leading bartender/bar owners, but recently he’s been engaged in another activity: readying the release of Encanto, his own brand of Peruvian Pisco.

Las Palmas cocktails Article
New Bars, Bar Menus in Chicago, DC, Santa Monica and NYC   August 10, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

Mixologists have created new cocktail menus at the Las Palmas in Chicago and Cafe Atlantico in Washington, D.C. Plus, new bars include Santa Monica's La Sandia and Todd English's new Ca Va in NYC.

Amarula Cream Experiment Article
Cabana Bartender Olympics, Amarula Cream Experiment and Catdaddy Bar Chef Results   August 10, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

At Tales of the Cocktail, the West Coast team won the Cabana Cachaça Bartender Olympics, while the finals of the Amarula Cream Experiment and the Catdaddy Bar Chef Challenge both took place as well.

Gran Gala shakedown logo Article
Cocktail Competitions and ABSOLUT’s Bartender Auditions   August 10, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

DC Craft Bartenders Guild held a cocktail competition, Gran Gala and Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur launch bartender challenges and LXTV and ABSOLUT hold casting calls to find competitors for “On the Rocks” reality series.

Richard Leach Hurricane Club Article
Going “Beyond the Bar” — and the Kitchen   August 10, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

Once suffering from a lack of attention, bartenders are suddenly TV fodder, and other culinarians are getting into the bartender act like Richard Leach, who's creating the drinks at NYC's Hurricane Club.

Popsicle cocktails Article
Hot Days and Happy Hours   August 10, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

Check out the latest ways to cool down at Artisanal and Ofrenda in NYC and Anthony's Restaurants in Washington, as well happy hour menus available at Legal Sea Foods around D.C., Tidbit in Seattle and Terra Vista in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Distillation Still Article
Small is Beautiful   August 6, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

More than 160 craft distillers now operate in the U.S. today and more are on their way. But what’s in it for you? And how can you tap into the boutique spirit trend?



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