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Austin’s most eligible bachelor pours Laetitia Estate Pinot by the glass


Above: tuna poke (pronounced poh-keh) and Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir by the glass at Hayashi in Cedar Park, Austin.

1335 E Whitestone Blvd # T140
Cedar Park TX 78613

Georgetown location:

1019 W University Ave # 205
Georgetown TX 78628

Mosaic Wine Group recently visited owner and chef Lin Cheng at Hayashi in Cedar Park, where Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir is proudly poured by the glass. The décor at Hayashi is chic and the music is hip (think 1960s yé-yé) and the sushi is the among the best we’ve ever had. The bright flavors and gorgeous acidity in Laetitia’s Pinot Noir pair brilliantly with the bold spiciness of Lin’s tuna poke.


Above: Chef and owner Lin Cheng — twenty-something successful entrepreneur — may just be Austin’s most eligible bachelor.

Here’s what the winemaker Eric Hickey had to say about the 2007 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir:

    Pinot Noir yields were down in 2007 by 20% as compared to historic averages. As with many low-yielding vintages, the grapes were healthy and the flavors very good. Due to cool weather, this 2007 Estate Pinot Noir has slightly higher acidity. In a true test of the vintage’s merit, this wine did not require fining. All lots of Pinot Noir showed concentrated color upon de-stemming. The cold soak was 3 days and a quick fermentation occurred over a 4-day period. The Estate Pinot was aged for 11 months in an exclusive selection of French barriques, a combination of Francois Freres and Rousseau; with 30% being new oak.

Congratulations Mark!


Above: Chef Todd Duplechan and Wine Director Mark Sayre of Trio at the Four Seasons in Austin.

Congratulations are in order for Mark Sayre, Wine Director at Trio at the Four Seasons in Austin, who recently passed the third of four levels in the Court of Master Sommeliers exams. Now an “Advanced Sommelier,” Mark took and passed the exam last week at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Congratulations Mark!


Above: Todd’s Tuna Tartare paired with Suavia Soave Classico 2007 by the glass.

Coal-fired pizza meets California style at Corvina (Round Rock, Austin)

From the “just opened” department…


Above: The owners of 219 West have opened a coal-fired pizzeria, winebar, and wine shop in Round Rock. Old-school New York pizza with California toppings and lots of wines by the glass? Take-away pizza and wine? YES and YES!!!

Pizzeria Corvina
3107 S I H 35
Round Rock TX 78664

The newly opened Pizzeria Corvina in Round Rock (Austin) uses a special type of clean-burning coal (called anthracite) to deliver the awesome flavors of New York-style coal-fired pizza.


The stars came out for Taste of 6ixth


Above, from left: Tim and Karrie League, owners of the Alamo Draft House, with Tim’s father Pete and Caitlin Stevens, programmer for the Alamo Draft House.

taste_of_sixthMosaic Wine Group participated in Taste of 6ixth last night in support of the preservation and enhancement of the historic 6th Street District in Downtown Austin, Texas. This wine & food event was well attended by some of the best & brightest from the Austin restaurant, entertainment and political arenas, who came out in support of this important non-profit organization. Among the sponsors for this event were Alamo Drafthouse, Parkside Austin, Iron Cactus, BD Riley’s, El Sol y La Luna, Mosaic Wine Group and Forty Creek Whiskey. Attendees included many from the Austin political scene, including Austin Mayoral candidate Brewster McCracken, City Manager Marc Ott, City Manager Chief-of-Staff Anthony Snipes and City Councilman Sheryl Cole.


Above, from left: Anthony Snipes (Chief of Staff, City Manager’s Office), Marc Ott (City Manager), and Sheryl Cole (Cole Law Firm and Austin City Council Member).


Above: Mayor Pro Tem of the Austin City Council and a candidate for mayor Brewster McCracken and his lovely wife Sarah joined in on the festivities. Sarah is the Programs Manager for the LBJ Foundation.

Hosted in the beautiful and spacious Parkside Austin Restaurant by Chef/Owner Shawn Cirkiel, the 5-course dinner featured menus created by each of the sponsoring restaurants, paired with wines from the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio. Leading the presentation from 6ixth Street Austin were Executive Director Josh Allen and Tim League from Alamo Drafthouse. 

Entertainment was provided by the lovely and talented Gina Chavez and her band. 


Above: Alamo Drafthouse “Ringleader” Mike Sherrill takes time out to pose with Argiano NC, a Super Tuscan blend of Bordeaux grape varieties from Montalcino, where Brunello di Montalcino is also made.

The diverse menu included a 1st Course of Shepherd’s Pie from BD Riley’s, creatively paired with our 2007 Pederzana Lambrusco Grasparossa from Emilia Romagna.

2nd Course was a Chicken Posole Soup from El Sol y La Luna, which matched wonderfully with the 2008 Groom Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills, in Australia.

3rd Course from Parkside Austin was Grilled Salmon Belly with fennel-almond soup and artichokes — perfectly coupled with our 2007 Laetitia Estate Chardonnay.

4th Course was Sirloin Medallions with a 40 Creek Whiskey Sauce, highlighted by the 2006 Argiano ‘NC’ Non-Confunditur, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot & Syrah.

Capping off the evening was a dessert course of dueling white & dark chocolate cannoli from Alamo Drafthouse that was a home run with the 2007 Marenco Moscato d’Asti.

It was a great evening of food, wine and music for a great cause! For more information on this organization and their cause, go to www.6ixth.com.


Above: the delightful Gina Chavez serenaded the crowd with her homegrown Austinite sounds.

May 4: Mosaic pairs with Alamo Drafthouse on Sixth Street for a good cause

For additional information, please contact info@6thstreetaustin.com.

Taste of Sixth
7:00 p.m., Monday, May 4
Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street is the most iconic district of Austin. Known as the nightlife center of the city as well as the hotbed of the Austin’s live music scene, Sixth Street is also home to some of the city’s best restaurants.

Enjoy passed appetizers, a five-course meal and matching wine flights from the following 6th Street restaurants:

B.D. Riley’s
El Sol y La Luna
Alamo Drafthouse
Iron Cactus

All wine pairings are selected by Mosaic Wine Group.

Additional menu details will be posted to this page closer to the event.

All proceeds benefit 6ixth Street Austin’s clean and safe initiatives. A non-profit association, 6ixth Street Austin’s mission is to make the E. Sixth Street National Register Historic District a source of pride to the Austin community by:
•Advocating for the preservation and enhancement of the district’s unique historic character.
•Creating a vibrant mixed-use district, which locals and visitors alike will use its diverse offerings.
•Making E. Sixth Street an important economic and cultural asset to the community for today and future generations.

Cocktail reception and appetizers begin at 7:30 PM, dinner begins at 8:15 PM.

For additional information, please contact info@6thstreetaustin.com.

Kid Policy: 18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent or guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

Paolo Cantele takes Austin by storm


Above: Our friend Paolo Cantele bears a striking resemblance to actor Gary Oldman. Coincidence? Or NOT?

Our good friend and one of our favorite Italian wine dudes, Paolo Cantele of the Cantele Winery (Puglia, Italy), has been visiting Texas over the last few days, showing his wines and visiting accounts. That’s him above, in a pensive moment, at Vino Vino in Austin, where the Cantele Rosato, made from 100% Negroamaro grapes, will be featured at the upcoming Pink Fest (Saturday, May 30).

Paolo’s wines are characterized by their freshness and bright acidity, which he attributes to the fact that Salento where his family makes its wines is located at the very tip of the heel of the boot, at the top of the Mediterranean Basin, where cool evenings and ideal ventilation make for excellent growing and ripening conditions.


Above: Paolo’s wines are not currently supported by Ginny’s Little Longhorn honky tonk in Austin, TX, but he did enjoy a lively round of Chicken Sh*t Bingo there the other night when he arrived from Lecce, Italy.

Ginny’s Little Longhorn
5434 Burnet Rd
Austin TX 78756

Not wanting him to miss out on the local character and color of our beloved hometown and home base, Austin, TX (Music Capital USA), we took him to play Chicken Sh*t Bingo at our favorite honky tonk, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, on Burnet Road. Yes, chicken sh*t bingo: you bet on a number and the everyone waits for the chicken to… well… YOU KNOW!


Above: That’s Ginny, the venue’s namesake, owner, and beloved Austin personage.

Ginny’s is one of our favorite spots for music and Sunday afternoons, one of Austin’s top country acts, Dale Watson, usually appears and announces the winning numbers.


Above: The money shot — literally! John Waters would be proud, don’t you think?

Mosaic and Laetitia at the Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival

Mosaic Wine Group was proud to pour the wines of Laetitia Vineyard and Winery at the Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival on Sunday…


Mosaic Wine Group founder Dan Redman takes time out from pouring Laetitia Cuvée Brut, Rosé (sparkling), Chardonnay, and Estate Pinot Noir to pose for a photo with boldface-name Austin restaurateur Lori Simon, whose Mars Restaurant was one the city’s most beloved eateries. Austin awaits anxiously her next project!


Austin’s master of Italian food and wine, Damian Mandola, and his lovely wife Trina posed for the Austin paparazzi with one of their famous Italian heroes.


And you know there was NO WAY that Mosaic Wine Group wasn’t gonna GET ITS SALT LICK ON! Damn, that sh*& is good!