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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.


Andy Seymour Article
Toasting Sherry with Andy Seymour   September 7, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

The deadline for the annual Vinos de Jerez competition in Jerez, Spain, in which bartenders serve a drink involving sherry from his/her bar’s menu is next week, so we caught upwith U.S. Sherry Ambassador Andy Seymour.

Spirits of MExico logo Article
Notes on Tequila from Spirits of Mexico   August 24, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

I’m currently knee-deep in scoring sheets and palate-weary from the 2010 Spirits of Mexico competition, just wrapped up last week. I’m impressed by the number, range and quality that were entered this year.

San Francisco Cocktail Week Article
Bartending with gaz and SF Cocktail Week Changes   August 24, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

gaz regan may hold bar classes in New York City, focusing on bar philosophy, intuitive mixology and being a bartender, and the Fourth Annual San Francisco Cocktail Week Celebration will be Sept. 20 - 27.

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Introducing Rare Whiskeys, Gins and Cognacs   August 24, 2010
By: Jack Robertiello

A number of rare, limited or pricy products are worth mentioning at this time: Parker's Heritage Collection's new release, Redbreast 15 Year Old, Citadelle Gin Reserve Vintage and Courvoisier 12.

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.



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