JUNIOR MERINO2016 Spirits of the Mexico Judge
Junior Merino, one of the founding fathers of nouveau mixology and the founder of the fusion of the kitchen and the bar, has revolutionized the mixology industry with his innovative concepts and unique philosophy. Merino began his career at the young age of 15, working his way through the ranks of Boulevard Café and Roth’s Westside Steak house in New York. While at Roth’s, the first wine list Merino developed received an award of excellence from Wine Spectator and month later he was initiated into the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Guild of Sommeliers. Experiments with creating his own cocktails while at Roth’s spurred Merino to enter the International Bar Show’s best cock-tail competition in 2005, where he won first prize for his drink.