Panzanella and Sangiovese at Central Market Westgate Austin

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Above: Central Market food specialists Miguel Linares and Shelley Isenhower made a gorgeous panzanella for yesterday’s guided Tuscan Wine Tasting at A22 Wine Bar in Austin.

Mosaic Wine Group very own Jeremy Parzen led a guided tasting of Tuscan wines yesterday at Central Market Westgate in Austin, including Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino 2006 and Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2003 (which was awarded 91 points by Antonio Galloni in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate).

Central Market food specialists Miguel Linares and Shelley Isenhower created an authentic Tuscan tasting menu for the tasting, featured panzanella (above, a classic Tuscan summer bread salad made by tossing cubed bread with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, flatleaf parsley or basil, salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, and vinegar), fett’unta (the classic Tuscan bruschetta made by rubbing toasted or grilled bread with raw garlic and then drizzling with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkling with salt), finocchiona (a Tuscan salame made by Molinari, seasoned with fennel seeds, hence the name finocchiona from the Italian finocchi meaning “fennel”), and cannellini beans cured in extra-virgin olive with sage.

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Above: Guests at yesterday’s tasted sampled classic Tuscan pairings with Sangiovese, Tuscany’s quintessential grape variety.

The wine bar at Central Market Westgate “A22″ was named “the best place to take a break from shopping” by the Austin Chronicle last year. To learn more about its wine education series, you can sign up for the Central Market mailing list here.

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