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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.

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Kermit Lynch in Austin Monday Nov. 9

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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.
$20 (ticket price includes 1 glass of wine)

Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751-4222
(512) 465-9282
jeff@vinovinotx.com

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.

Rocker Interrupted: Kermit Lynch finally yields to temptation

Singer-Songwriter Kermit Lynch releases Man’s Temptation (Dualtone), a collection of ballads, rockers, and ditties, spanning forty years of faith, temptation, and musical salvation (produced by Ricky Fataar).

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
—Oscar Wilde

From the opening lines of Man’s Temptation, singer-songwriter Kermit Lynch cinematically sets the backdrop for the multi-layers of his life as a singer, writer, and wine Svengali:

Paris and my mind is breaking
Paris, I’m in a railway station
Gare de Lyon…

But just when you think that the gravelly, smoky voice behind the old tube-driven microphone is about to head out to Lyon to taste wines with a Beaujolais producer, the melody of the track rises and steers the listener in another and entirely unexpected direction. The singer is in a railway station,

Gare de Lyon, on my way to the next concert stage.

Man’s Temptation was recorded just last year in Nashville, Tennessee with some of the great country music players in the business today but the album represents a journey that began more than forty years ago in Berkeley, California.

Lynch was born in Bakersfield and grew up of the son of a teetotalling itinerant preacher who traveled the upper reaches of the San Joaquin Valley in search of souls to save. The setting was straight out of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, as Lynch puts it, and the souls were southerners who had fled their native land and sought out the same California Cottonfields that Merle Haggard’s father dreamed of as he tilled his rundown, mortgaged Oklahoma farm. It was there that Lynch discovered his first love of music (and grape juice, since no wine was to be had): Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, and the country recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis were the first cuts he would hear, the same music his father’s congregants listened to when not singing at church.

By 1966, Lynch had landed in Berkeley, at the height of the music scene. He began writing songs, started a band, and gigged around. But a first trip to Europe and a drummer’s cocaine habit interrupted and deferred the rockstar dream. Disillusioned by the flower power scene, Lynch decided to focus on making a living and turned to a second passion: wine.

Hit pause and fast forward: forty years later, Kermit Lynch is one of the most successful and respected names in the business and he is considered one of the world’s greatest wine writers, a pioneer in reshaping the American wine palate with wines that speak of place and the people who make them.

Hit play: forty years later, Lynch has delivered the album he lived and wrote all those years ago and in the lifetime that followed, a collection of ballads, rockers, and ditties that speak to the weaknesses and the strengths of man and his temptations.

From the original tracks like ballad “Gare de Lyon,” the Beggars Banquet-inspired country waltz “Backstreets of Moscow,” and the rocker “Buckle-Up Boogie” to covers of classic Dylan like “Girl from the North Country” and classic country like “Take These Chains from My Heart,” the verve, pathos, and fun of Lynch’s voice play counterpoint to some of the most bad-assed, finger-lickin’ pickin’ you’ve heard since the last time legendary session man George Marinelli (Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt) tuned up his git fiddle. The fresh analog-driven tones of the band provide an earthy palate of colors for the tableaux vivants painted by Lynch, whose face is probably slightly less wrinkled than his heart and whose voice is as gravelly and dusty as the vineyard roads of southern France that led this voice astray some forty years ago.

Kermit Lynch, rocker interrupted, is now waiting at the Gare de Lyon, getting ready to board a train on his way to the next concert stage.

Summer Wines to Soothe the Senses

Thanks for your patience over the past few weeks and a lack of postings. Mosaic Wine Group has been chock fulla travel, but we’ve got a slew of updates, including some great news, incredible press and exciting events to keep your wine needs and desires sated!

Hope that everyone is having a wonderful winederful summer. With consistent triple-digit temperatures and no foreseeable end in sight, may we recommend some cool, crisp, aromatic white wines, rosés and (of course) sparkling wine!

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May we suggest the following quaffable wines for your summer wine needs?

Bubbles:

  • Laetitia Brut Cuvee
  • Laetitia Brut Rosé
  • Bisol Jeio Rosé
  • Bisol Crede Prosecco

lucio_mastroberardinoLucio Mastroberardino of Terredora di Paolo is well known for his crisp, aromatic white wines

Whites:

  • Terredora di Paolo Falanghina, 2008 (Campania, Italy)
  • Domaine du Salvard Cheverny, 2008 (Loire Valley, France)
  • Bonny Doon Albariño, 2007 (Monterey, California)
  • Bonny Doon Dry Muscat, 2007 (Monterey, California)
  • Groom Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (Adelaide Hills, Australia)
  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, 2006 (Sonoma, California)
  • Neyers Carneros District Chardonnay, 2007 (Carneros, California)
  • Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, 2007 ( Alto Adige, Italy)
  • Arizona Stronghold ‘TAZI’, 2008 (Cochise County, Arizona)

Rosés:

  • Cantele Negroamaro Rosato, 2008 (Puglia, Italy)
  • Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare, 2008 (California)
  • Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé, 2008 (Loire Valley, France)
  • Arizona Stronghold ‘Dayden’ Rosé, 2008 (Cochise County, Arizona)

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Chateau Trinqueuedel Tavel Rosé,  Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rosé, Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé
and Argiano L’O Rosato (clockwise from top left)

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  • Marcel Lapierre Morgon, 2007 (Beaujolais, France)
  • Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2007 (Abruzzo, Italy)
  • Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir, 2007 (Arroyo Grande, California)
  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2007 (Sonoma, California)

CHEERS!

Mosaic Wine Group proudly announces the addition of Patz & Hall Winery!

260Mosaic Wine Group is pleased to announce the addition of Patz & Hall Winery to its incredible portfolio of clients. Patz & Hall is acclaimed as one of the top producers of world class Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays from California. With a philosophy of utilizing only the best and most trusted farmers from the greatest vineyards in Napa & Sonoma, Patz & Hall has created a diverse portfolio of amazing, focused wines.

Established in 1988, Donald Patz & James Hall embarked upon their mission to craft benchmark, small-production, single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the best vineyard sources in Napa & Sonoma. Today the winery produces 8 top-quality Chardonnays and 7 incredible Pinot Noirs. Here’s a breakdown of the portfolio, with descriptions:

CHARDONNAY

  • Dutton Ranch: Always one of the most highly sought-after single vineyards for Chardonnay, this dry-farmed vineyard produces small, but intensely concentrated fruit. Tasting Notes: Aromas of stone fruit and green apple and pure fruit flavors of pineapple, peach and spicy pear, with an intricate, plush and creamy palate and a long, textured finish with dense, structured acidity.
  • Napa Valley: This Napa Valley appellation wine combines three distinctive vineyard sources, including Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, Atlas Peak’s Antinori Vineyard and Garvey Vineyard in Oakville. Tasting Notes: Bright flavors of green apple, pear, lychee and white flowers coalesce in a richly textured and elegantly balanced wine that concludes with a long, satisfying finish.
  • Alder Springs: At 2600′ elevation in Chato Peak in Northern Mendocino, Alder Springs is one of the highest Chardonnay vineyards in California. Tasting Notes: Remarkable density and palate tension with concentrated aromas of spicy cinnamon pastry, honey, peach and pineapple. Beautifully textured with intricate stone fruit flavors and extraordinary minerality, this is a benchmark wine from an elite mountain vineyard. (520 cases produced)
  • Hyde Vineyard: Located in Carneros, Larry Hyde is highly regarded for his incredible Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. Tasting Notes: Well defined with lemon cream, orange blossom and creme brulee flavors, with restrained oak, refreshing acidity and an appealing roasted hazelnut quality. (2,690 cases produced)
  • Hudson Vineyard: Also located in Carneros, Hudson Vineyard is characterized by the well-drained loam soils and long hangtimes. Tasting Notes: Crisp acidity lends a balancing freshness and minerality to vibrant, juicy fruit elements of citrus peal, grapefruit, peaches and lightly poached pears, with well-integrated oak that contributes a textural foundation and hints of clove. (845 cases produced)
  • Zio Tony Ranch: Located in the Russian River Valley and owned by the Martinelli family, with iron-rich, reddish sandy loam soils. Tasting Notes: Vibrant and racy, with bright minerality and layers of concentrated peach, spicy pear, green apple and honeydew melon. Intriguing floral and spice elements are accented by pleasing layers of vanilla, clove and maple syrup. (448 cases produced)
  • Durell Vineyard: From Sonoma Valley, these meticulously farmed vineyards produce extremely low yields and beautiful, concentrated fruit. Tasting Notes: Displaying cool climate elements of the fruit spectrum with lemon blossom, crisp pippin apple, pear and lemon cream, with a cleansing acidity, natural minerality and an extraordinary finish.

PINOT NOIR

  • Sonoma Coast: This Sonoma Coast appellation wine combines vineyard sites from Sonoma Coast, Green Valley, Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. Tasting Notes: Beautiful expression of PInot Noir with bright red fruit aromas of cranberry and pomegranate, accentuated by seductive layers of chambord, butter and cinnamon spice. Exhibits classic acidity with well-structured and balanced cranberry and cherry notes.
  • Hyde Vineyard: Carneros is one of the classic locales for Pinot Noir and Larry Hyde is a master of Carneros. Tasting Notes: Showcases layers of strawberry, cherry and cassis, with an exotic hint of cinnamon-clove spice, intricate balance and complexity and smooth tannins and focused acidity. (1,515 cases produced)
  • Alder Springs: Defined by its high elevation and low-vigor uplifted marine soils Alder Springs produces small vines, clusters and berries. Tasting Notes: Vibrant aromatics of plum skin, cranberry and tart cherry, which segues to flavors of red and dark fruit and enticing notes of sassafras and licorice, with youthful acidity and silky tannins.
  • Chenoweth Ranch: Located in Green Valley, Chenoweth is one of the regions coolest areas and is farmed exclusively for Patz & Hall. Tasting Notes: Concentrated red fruit flavors of plum skin, cherry and pomegranate, and deep layers of maple syrup, blackberry and wood smoke, with polished, sweet tannins that will appeal with maturity.
  • Pisoni Vineyard: Gary Pisoni is considered by many to be the King of the Santa Lucia Highlands, and his vineyards yield grapes of remarkable power and complexity. Tasting Notes: Red apple and raspberry aromas the reveal notes of smoky clove and loganberry, with classic Pisoni layers of raspberry, blackberry and strawberry pie and incredible length and depth. (224 cases produced)
  • Jenkins Ranch: These low-yielding, gravelly loam soil vineyards are located in Sebastopol and exhibit beautiful Sonoma Coast flavors, aromas and acidity. Tasting Notes: Supple, satisfying and elegant, with walnut bread aromas that mingle with layers of clove, cinnamon spice and mulled cherry cider. The palate is creamy, with highlights of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors and a soft, lingering finish.
  • Burnside Vineyard: This Sonoma Coast vineyard expresses classic Pinot Noir aromas and flavors with cool marine elements from the Pacific Ocean. Tasting Notes: Beautiful and energetic with tremendous extraction, aromas of dark cherry, rose petal and cinnamon and plush flavors of red apple, cranberry and cherry jam that lead to a long, velvety finish. (224 cases produced) Patz & Hall Photo

James Hall, Donald Patz, Anne Moses and Heather Patz of Patz & Hall

For more information on Patz & Hall in the state of Texas, please contact Mosaic Wine Group.

Texas welcomes the wines and music of Maynard James Keenan!

Mosaic Wine Group is proud to announce the highly anticipated arrival of the wines from Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski of Page Spring Cellars! The wines have just landed in Texas and will be distributed through Pioneer Wine Company. Coincidentally, Maynard was in Texas this past weekend touring with his iconic rock band, TOOL. Mosaic Wine Group had the pleasure of attending both shows and spending some time with Keenan to talk about his wines, and his part in the pioneering duo behind Caduceus Cellars, Arizona Stronghold and Merkin Vineyards.

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In May, Mosaic Wine Group had the opportunity to fly out to Arizona to visit the property to familiarize ourselves with the story, the terroir and the components of this innovative project in the highlands of Arizona. For more information on this visit, check out our blog post of the trip. The portfolio includes a broad selection of wines from Arizona, supplemented by a couple of wines produced in the Central Coast of California and Paso Robles, where Eric Glomski honed his winemaking skills with David Bruce Winery.

Here’s some detailed information on the portfolio of wines:

ARIZONA STRONGHOLD

  • TAZI (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Malvasia Bianca): Tazi was the eldest son of Cochise and peacemaker for the Chiricahua Apache Tribe. Tasting Notes: Fresh, bright acidity, with floral aromas and both tropical & citrus fruit flavors, leading to a clean, balanced finish. (1967 cases produced)
  • DAYDEN ROSE (Saignee Rosé of Grenache, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre): Dayden means “little girl” in Cochise’s native Apache language. Tasting Notes: Light crushing and limited skin contact lend to fruity and floral aromas, while the palate is rich and full-bodied with delicate flavors of crushed strawberries, sour cherry and crisp, refreshing acidity. (295 cases produced)
  • NACHISE (Syrah, Grenache & Petite Syrah): Nachise was the youngest son of Cochise, and fiercest warrior & freedon fighter for the Chiricahua Apache Tribe. Tasting Notes: This Rhone-style blend is rich and smoky with flavors of cassis, blackberry,  licorice and mineral notes. (Fall ’09 Release)
  • MANGUS (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Pfeffer & Petite Syrah): Mangus Coloradas was Cochise’s Father-in-Law and leader of the Mimbres Clan of Apache. Tasting Notes: Italian-style blend with bright red fruit, cardamom spice and leather, with nice concentration of dried fruit, lush acidity and firm, integrated tannins. (Fall ’09 Release)

MERKIN VINEYARDS

  • CHUPACABRA (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Verdot & Petite Syrah): “The Shape Shifter”, this wine has evolved since it’s inception, with inaugural vintages born of Paso Robles, California fruit, which will transition into Arizona fruit. Tasting Notes: Bold, rich and dark with a ribbon of acidity and freshness that leads to tremendous structure and complexity.

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CADUCEUS CELLARS

  • DOS LADRONES (Chardonnay & Malvasia Bianca): “The Two Thieves”, this inaugural release of 50/50 Chardonnay & Malvasia Bianca is stunning! Tasting Notes: Tropical fruit aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango and white peach, with lovely balance and acidity.
  • PRIMER PASO (Syrah & Malvasia Bianca): “The First Step”, this Cote Rotie style Rhone blend is tremendous, bold and well sculpted! Tasting Notes: Beautifully concentrated aromas of forest, orange peel and tobacco, with velvety red & dark fruit and a deep, rich and clean finish. (280 cases produced)
  • ANUBIS (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Syrah): Rhone meets Bordeaux in our unique blend. Tasting Notes: Blueberry, floral and cedar notes lead to rich, decadent tones of clove, star anise and cigar box and a silky, smooth finish.
  • NAGUAL DE LA NAGA (Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese): From Paso Robles, this Super-Tuscan blend is a perfect combination of ‘New World’ Sangiovese meets ‘Old World’ Brunello. Tasting Notes: Raspberries and black cherries with black currant, coffee and thyme. Rich, complex and delightful.
  • NAGUAL DEL SENSEI (Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah): Inaugural release from Pope Valley in Califiornia, earned 90 points from Wine Spectator. Tasting Notes: Brawny, muscular style with fruit forward style, and velvety-smooth tannins. (87 cases produced)
  • JUDITH (100% Cabernet Sauvignon): Named for Maynard James Keenan’s mother. Tasting Notes: Incredible concentration of dark and red fruit, currant, cassis and cedar, with beautiful acidity and a long, lingering finish. (90 cases produced) – SOLD OUT

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For more information on these wines, please contact Mosaic Wine Group. And stay tuned for more information and details, including fall / winter tour dates when Maynard will be touring with his new project, Puscifer!

The best espresso in Texas?

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Chef Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno in San Antonio — slated to open tomorrow, see details below — may make one of the meanest espressos this side of the Mason-Dixon Line but the title of “Best Espresso in Texas” is still held by Austin’s Jeff Courington (above), owner Vino Vino, where the Mosaic Wine Group staff can found on many long hot summer afternoons, sipping the java and enjoying the FREE and super-fast wi-fi. Most folks think of Vino Vino for the best natural wine list in Texas but we go there for the espresso, too. Check it out:

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

There is still no phone number listed for Il Sogno in San Antonio, slated to open tomorrow, but here’s what we know:

Il Sogno (Chef Andrew Weissman)
Pearl Brewery
300 E Grayson St
San Antonio TX 78215
no phone number listed

Il Sogno and Vino Vino both feature the wines of Vias Imports.

Say F-I-A-N-O: Terredora on Wine Spectator TV

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MUST-SEE TV: Click the image above to watch winemaker Lucio Mastroberardino of Terredora on Wine Spectator TV as he explains the origins of the great white grapes of his native Campania.