Juan Coronado of The Pour Group - Biography

New York, NY

September 2015

An18-plus year veteran of the food and wine industry, Juan Coronado got his start surrounded by Champagne as a sommelier for Bubble Lounge in New York and San Francisco. He shared his knowledge beyond the lounge, teaching classes on Champagne 101 for The New York Times.

Soon, the industry had Coronado looking beyond bubbles to the world of spirits, andquickly expanded his expertise to sake and tequila, eventually serving as The New York Post’s go-to tequila expert. Coronado’s next move took him to Hell’s Kitchen, where he opened Sortie, a forerunner in mixology innovation and creativity. Other creative collaborations included Braai and the Hennessy House of Mixing Academy.

Now recognized as a gifted bartender, Coronado won several rum-specific cocktail awards in 2005, 2006, and 2012, as well as the Classic Martini Contest at the Astor Center in 2008. Mentored by Rum Master Señor William Ramos, Coronado eventually joined the Bacardi team as a brand ambassador. He was also the cocktail innovator in charge of creating “all things liquid” for José Andrés’s Think Food Group, where he most recently launched the pisco-centric bar program at China Chilcano. Coronado has been featured in publications ranging from GQ, Saveur, and The Washington Post. In 2014, he co-founded The Pour Group, a food, beverage, and events consulting company.