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October 13, 2011

Polished Palate Biography

Arturo Sighinolfi

Arturo Sighinolfi, Judge

Arturo Sighinolfi is the Director of Mixology and Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida. He works together with the spirits team on special promotional events, educational seminars as well as creating exciting new cocktails for the Florida market. He has been with Southern Wine & Spirits nearly 5 years. Mr. Sighinolfi also shares his time as a professor of a Beverage Management Course at Florida International University.

Prior to joining Southern Wine & Spirits in 2003 Mr. Sighinolfi tended bar at the Hotel Astor for 7 years in South Beach. There he was featured in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Ocean Drive. He did a bartending segment for a special on the Food Network entitled Midnight over Miami. He was also voted New Times Best Bartender in 1998.

Since joining Southern Wine & Spirits Arturo has been featured on WXEL’s South Florida Today and Comcast’s South Florida Movers and Shakers. He has been responsible for implementing new cocktail programs in many of south Florida’s trendiest accounts. This year he has been a judge and or presenter at the International Cane Spirits Festival®, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, The Las Vegas Bar and Nightclub Show and the New Orleans Tales of the Cocktail.

He has over 30 years experience in the bar, hotel and restaurant business working in New York, Aspen and Italy. Mr. Sighinolfi brings his professional knowledge and talented creativity to promoting suppliers’ new brands and developing cocktails.