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MOSAIC WINE GROUP WELCOMES ANTONIO GIANOLA

Mosaic Wine Group is proud to announce the addition of Antonio Gianola to the sales and marketing team. Antonio has long been one of the most respected sommeliers and wine buyers in the state, and will be an incredible asset to the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio.

Antonio was most recently Sommelier and General Manager at Catalan Restaurant in Houston, managing one of the most exciting wine programs in the country. Previous to Catalan, Antonio managed the extensive Italian wine program at DaMarco in Houston.

Antonio lives in Houston with his lovely bride, Melissa.

Please join me in welcoming Antonio Gianola to the team of Mosaic Wine Group.  Antonio can be contacted at antonio.gianola@gmail.com.

Mosaic Wine Group celebrates the month of Movember for Cancer Research

Mosaic Wine Group is a proud supporter of Movember: Changing the Face of Men’s Health and will be hosting a special fundraising benefit for this great cause with an event at Parkside Restaurant in Austin, TX on Monday, November 23rd from 7-10pm. The event will include fine wines from the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio, incredible food from Parkside Restaurant and music from Austin’s own Slow Down Lady.

WHAT IS MOVEMBER?
Movember is the month formerly known as November, and has become an important month for raising awareness and funds for cancer research that afflicts males – specifically testicular and prostate cancers, which affects 1-in-6 men.
During the month of Movember men across the globe will be growing mustaches, hosting events and raising money for this important cause.Movember Poster

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia to help raise awareness towards cancers that afflict males, specifically testicular and prostate cancer. The movement has spread globally, and to date Movember has raised over $47 million for this important cause. Mosaic Wine Group has launched its own team, MO’BETTA, with a goal of spreading the good word and raising funds and awareness. The Lance Armstrong Foundation is one of the primary beneficiaries of Movember, and Mosaic Wine Group is honored to be a part of this movement.

WHAT DOES MOVEMBER MEAN TO ME?
Earlier this year my father, Ron Redman, was diagnosed with colon cancer at 68 years old. This news was devastating to my family, given what little we actually knew about cancer. That was when a good friend of mine, Chris Brewer, from the Lance Armstrong Foundation came to the rescue. He put us in contact with the foundation, who flooded my family with information on cancer, treatments and recovery, which armed us with knowledge that my father could beat this thing! Having long been a supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, now I have a vested interest in supporting the cause to help find a cure.

MOVEMBER EVENT AT PARKSIDE RESTAURANT
Monday, November 23rd, 2009.  7-10pm
Parkside RestaurantParkside-Logo
301 East 6th Street (corner of 6th & San Jacinto)
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
http://www.parkside-austin.com
$25/person

To purchase tickets, or simply to donate money to the cause:

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Please bring a copy of your receipt to the event (your name will be on the guest list at the door).

For more information on Movember and to join the cause and/or donate to MO’BETTA, go to http://us.movember.com/register/17912.laftoplogo

Space is filling up fast for Kermit Lynch Nov. 9 at Vino Vino!

LAST CHANCE TO HANG WITH KERMIT!

Reservations required, space limited.

space is filling up fast and there are
just a few spots left!

To reserve, please call (512) 465-9282 or email jeff@vinovinotx.com.

DON’T MISS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
to meet wine industry legend and
singer-songwriter KERMIT LYNCH!

Man’s Temptation:

An Evening with Kermit Lynch

Monday, November 9

@ Vino Vino, Austin, Texas

listening party and wine tasting
singer, song-writer, and wine industry legend

Kermit Lynch plays cuts from his new album Man’s Temptation (Dualtone) and talks about his music,
his life, and his wines

Monday, November 9, 2009, 7 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.)
$20 (ticket price includes 1 glass of wine)

Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751-4222
(512) 465-9282

All currently stocked Kermit Lynch wines will be available by the glass and available for sale retail.

In addition Chef Esteban Escobar has created a 4- course prix fixe menu inspired by Kermit’s travels. $40.00 per person. All menu items also available a la carte.

Menu

Califlower Soup, hazelnut brown butter

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Root Vegetable Salad, grain mustard viniagrette

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Snapper, eggplant, Provencal relish

or

Boudin Blanc, purple hull peas, fennel, poached egg

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Grenache Cake, marigold mint ice cream

Everyone is talking about Kermit

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Legendary wine importer and singer-songwriter Kermit Lynch has been in New York this week for the release of his new album, Man’s Temptation (Dualtone). Kermit rarely travels these days outside of Europe and so his visit and appearances in the Big Apple have caused quite a stir! It seems that every blogger and wine writer has been covering his time in the big city. Here’s what New York Magazine had to say today:

    Venerable wine importer Kermit Lynch is a legend in his trade for championing French producers who express terroir — wines that embody where they come from. But before he opened his first wine shop in California in 1972, Lynch had a band. “Those were drug days and it was hard to keep a band together and keep everybody conscious,” he says. Better for the future of European wine in America than the music, Lynch’s shop took off during a recession, when he scored devalued wines like Echézeaux Grand Cru Burgundy, previously retailing for $60 a bottle, and sold it for $60 a case. His sleeper singer-songwriter career didn’t fully resurface until last month, when he released the album Man’s Temptation. He describes his blend of blues, country, and rock as “rootsy American.” In town to promote his dual loves — and visit with his daughter at NYU — Lynch slips in other oenophilic descriptors in this wine-lover’s edition of New York Diet. Keep an eye out for “juicy risotto.”

Check out what Kermit and entourage have been eating and drinking while in New York here.

How friggin’ cool is it that Kermit is coming to Austin!!!!!????

Kermit Spins his new album Man’s Temptation

Monday, November 9, 2009, 7 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.)
$20 (ticket price includes 1 glass of wine)

Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751-4222
(512) 465-9282

with a menu inspired by the wines and travels of Kermit Lynch

All currently stocked Kermit Lynch wines will be available by the glass and available for sale retail.

Reservations required, space limited.

To reserve, please call (512) 465-9282 or email jeff@vinovinotx.com.

The Rutles are coming! Ricky Fataar at Vino Vino, Nov 9, Austin

Remember the Rutles?

rutles

Well, the Rutles aren’t actually coming but one of them is: Ricky Fataar, who played character Stig O’Hara in the Rutles’s movie, a Grammy-award-winning spoof on the Beatles, All You Need Is Cash.

Ricky will be joining Kermit Lynch on Monday, November 9, at Vino Vino for the Kermit Lynch listening party. Kermit and Ricky will be spinning tracks from Kermit’s new album, Man’s Temptation (Dualtone), and talking about the genesis of this tasty, rootsy record. Ricky produced the record and has worked closely with his good friend Kermit since the wine guru relaunched his career as a singer-songwriter some years back.

Fataar (that’s him, above, center) has worked with the best of the best in the business: he’s played and produced for the likes of John Scofield, Bonnie Raitt, The Beachboys, and Boz Scaggs, just to name a few, and he is one of the original members of The Flames.

Ricky and Kermit met through their shared passion for wine (they were introduced by mutual friend Boz Scaggs) and with Man’s Temptation, they have come together in their shared passion for music.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Kermit and Ricky November 9 at Vino Vino!

Monday, November 9, 2009, 7 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.)
$20 (ticket price includes 1 glass of wine)

Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751-4222
(512) 465-9282

with a menu inspired by the wines and travels of Kermit Lynch

All currently stocked Kermit Lynch wines will be available by the glass and available for sale retail.

Reservations required, space limited.

To reserve, please call (512) 465-9282 or email jeff@vinovinotx.com.

If Alice Waters likes it… it’s got to be good!

Mosaic Wine Group is proud to be the Texas broker for the wines of iconic importer Kermit Lynch. Don’t miss this unique event! Space is limited so please reserve.

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Above: food legend Alice Waters rocking out to the music of Kermit Lynch earlier this month in San Francisco.

Man’s Temptation: An Evening with Kermit Lynch

Monday, November 9 @ Vino Vino, Austin, Texas

listening party and wine tasting

singer, song-writer, and wine industry legend Kermit Lynch plays cuts from his new album Man’s Temptation (Dualtone) and talks about his music, his life, and his wines

Monday, November 9, 2009, 7 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.)
$20 (ticket price includes 1 glass of wine)

Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751-4222
(512) 465-9282

with a menu inspired by the wines and travels of Kermit Lynch

All currently stocked Kermit Lynch wines will be available by the glass and available for sale retail.

Reservations required, space limited.

To reserve, please call (512) 465-9282 or email jeff@vinovinotx.com.

BEEN DOON SO LONG – Mosaic Wine Group welcomes back an old friend – Bonny Doon Vineyard!

What a difference a Doon makes! Mosaic Wine Group is very pleased to announce its newest addition to the portfolio – an old friend, adviser and colleague, Randall Grahm and Bonny Doon Vineyard! Times have changed for the Grahm over the past couple of years, as he has retooled his portfolio in order to streamline his message of building one of the the greatest biodynamic wineries that California has ever produced.

P8310133Dan Redman of Mosaic Wine Group and the Grand Master of Wine Zen

I had the opportunity to work with Randall Grahm and Bonny Doon Vineyard during their monumental climb of brand equity and consumer recognition, with the rise of Big House Red, White & Pink. Having sold off those ‘industrialized’ wine labels, he has focused his sights on streamlining his portfolio to create wines of great substance and character, through biodynamics. Randall first introduced me to the ways and means of Biodynamics at a Bonny Doon National Sales Meeting several years ago in California, when he invited one its pioneering forefathers, Nicolas Joly of Coulee de Serrant, in the Loire Valley of France, to speak to a room full of farmers and winemakers. It was that day that the lightbulb turned on for me, regarding biodynamics, and I have immersed myself in learning as much about this ‘natural’ style of farming in order to help educate the masses to its benefits.images-2

Randall Grahm is back, and he’s better than ever! Known for his razor sharp wit and intellect, he has a new book, titled ‘Been Doon So Long’ being released next month, which chronicles his life, his stories and his penchant for making world class wines in California. I hope to have Randall back in Texas soon when he tours the country on a national book signing tour.Been Doon So Long

Here is a letter that Randall authored, which is going out to the trade channels of Texas.


Dear friends and fine wine buyers of Texas –

Randall Grahm here, speaking to you through the magically realistic medium of words. I’m writing to tell you about some very significant changes chez Doon.  You have, perhaps, heard of our divestiture of the Big House and Cardinal Zin brands?  No need to get into the convoluted psychological mechanisms that motivated the sale[1] of the brands and significant restructuring of the company,[2] but suffice it to say that we are now calibrated to a truer compass, becoming ever more congruent to our deepest values and aesthetic sensibilities. We have cut our production 90%, and reduced the range of wines produced similarly.

The Bonny Doon portfolio is now much smaller and more focused, deeply committed to vins de terroir. It is our aim to move as quickly as we can to utilizing only Estate grown fruit, but this process, of course, does not occur overnight.  At the moment, we are farming 125 eclectic acres biodynamically in Soledad, CA, and the third commercial releases of these wines – Albariño and Muscat most notably – were released in February.  They are pure,[3] mineral-intensive wines and a great harbinger of things to come.  Since 2007, they are also certified Biodynamic® by Demeter. These wines, along with an extremely distinctive Sangiovese (also farmed biodynamically in the slightly warmer climes of San Benito County) will be sold under the Ca’ del Solo label.

Until our new Estate vineyards are producing, we have greatly upgraded all our grape sources[4] – all killer, no filler, as it were, and are working primarily with biodynamically grown fruit. From the 2008 harvest, we sourced about 70% of our fruit from biodynamically farmed (working towards certification) vineyards.

The core of the Bonny Doon portfolio remains the Cigare family – Le Cigare Volant, Le Cigare Blanc, Vin Gris de Cigare and Le Vol des Anges;[5] this was the starship that brought us here (and will presumably take us back some day).  As a complement to the meridional Cigare, we also produce a septentrional[6] Syrah, “Le Pousseur,” from the Central Coast. We will plant a large (100ish acre) Estate Cigare vineyard in the area in the coming year, with the aim of producing a Truly Great Cigare.  I believe that we have seen a great breakthrough in the quality of Cigare in recent vintages, and if you have been following our wines, this is not really news to you.[7]

The most germane news that I have to report is that in addition to Pioneer Wine Company, Bonny Doon wines are now also being represented in Texas by Dan Redman’s Mosaic Wine Group.  We are very excited to be working again with Dan. He is a particularly passionate wine person; if you aren’t already cognizant of this truth, I promise you that it will be a great pleasure for you to work with him.

Dan Redman, Mosaic Wine Group
P (512) 904-9463
M (713) 398-2604
F (512) 401-3101
dan@mosaicwinegroup.com
9120 Edwardson Lane
Austin, TX 78749

Pioneer Wine Company
North and East Texas, Dallas (214) 461.7600
Central, South & West Texas, Austin (512) 895.0558
Greater Houston Area (832) 778.5743

Best wishes,

Randall Grahm
Winemaker & President-for-life


[1] In brief, I felt that the company had drifted too far from its originating spirit – a commitment to distinctive, fine wines, to terroir (though I didn’t really fully appreciate the preciousness of this notion back then).  Further, I had developed a very keen interest in Biodynamic wines, wines with more soul and life-force.  At the scale that we had attained, it was effectively impossible to convert our portfolio to 100% Biodynamic production.

[2] The most salient changes: Big House and Cardinal Zin brands were sold to The Wine Group (i.e. no longer Bonny Doon products) and we are phasing out certain products (viz. Eurodoon wines and others) to make the line more coherent.  The Pacific Rim brand, while I still own will be a quasi-autonomous entity no longer managed by Bonny Doon directly, nor sold by the Bonny Doon Vineyard sales team.

[3] Is purity really a virtue in this town?  All of the wines from our Ca’ del Solo vineyard, at least, were fermented this year with indigenous yeast; use of enzymes and other technical aids were eschewed, as was acidification and virtually all of the winemaking tricks upon which we winemakers have grown so reliant.

[4] We have changed too many practices to really enumerate here, but the biodynamic bit has really made the largest difference.

[5] “The Angel’s Flight.” A new dessert wine for us, botrytised roussanne, which should set everyone free.

[6] Referring to grapes grown below or above the 45th parallel, but in fact signifying a Southern and Northern Rhône style respectively.

[7] Certainly we were somewhat distracted by the Big House sideshow and all of the marketing schtick that attended it, but we have been on the path back to Our Roots, as it were, for a few years now.