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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!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…

THAT’S AMORE!

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Above: Chef and owner of Luce Ristorante Joe Buonincontri paired his signature “Sicilian” deep-dish pizza last night with Sicilia Rosso by Colosi, a blend of Nero d’Avola and smaller amounts of Merlot from the island of Salina off the coast of Messina, Sicily (imported by Vias Imports).

Mosaic would like to thank everyone who came out for Monday night’s Pizza and Pizza Wines event featuring the wines of Vias Imports at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca in San Antonio.

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Above: Joe’s Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza.

LA PIZZA NAPOLETANA MARGHERITA

tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil

TERREDORA FIANO D’AVELLINO

LA PIZZA PUTTANESCA

tomato sauce, olives, anchovy, capers, red pepper, olive oil, fresh mozzarella, garlic

TERREDORA GRECO DI TUFO

LA PIZZA BIANCOVERDE

fresh mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, arugula, prosciutto

CATALDI MADONNA MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO

LA PIZZA SICILIANA

thick crust, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, oregano

COLOSI SICILIA ROSSO

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Above: Joe’s signature “Sicilian” deep dish pizza.

If you’d like to be added to Joe’s mailing list to learn about future events and special offers at Luce, please send him an email by clicking here.

Taste 5 wines for $25 at Luce in San Antonio on Friday

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Above: Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen (left) with winemaker Paolo Cantele during Paolo’s recent visit to Texas. Participants in Friday’s guided tasting and seminar will taste Paolo’s Primitivo (Zinfandel) from Puglia, made from grapes grown on the heel of Italy’s boot. (Photo by Italian Wine Guy.)

Taste 5 Italian Wines

STAY FOR DINNER AND RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT ON YOUR BILL!

Italian Wine Seminar and Guided Tasting featuring the wines of Vias Imports

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd # 200
San Antonio, TX 78230-1685
210-561-9700
Friday, July 17
5:30 p.m.
$25 per person
(tax and tip included)

To reserve, please send an email by clicking here or by calling (210) 561-9700.

Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D will lead participants in a guided tasting of five Italian wines.

Participants will taste and discuss the following wines:

Tenuta Luisa Pinot Grigio (Friuli)
Cantele Primitivo (Puglia)
Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo)
Castello di Melete Chianti Classico (Tuscany)
Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany)

Italy’s “mosaic” of wines…

Each of Italy’s 20 regions produces fine wine using native Italian grape varieties. From the Aglianico grape of Campania in southern Italy to the Nebbiolo of Piedmont in the northwest, the mosaic of Italian wine offers the connoisseur of fine wine a plethora of aromas and flavors. This week, Mosaic Wine Group’s events feature the wines of Piedmont, Trentino, Campania, and Puglia.

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These are just some of the wines that we will be pouring and talking about this week. To learn more about any of the below (or any of the wines in the Mosaic of Vias Imports products), please send us an email.

Cantele Primitivo
(Puglia)

Originally cultivated in Croatia, the Primitivo grape is genetically identical to the Zinfandel so widely planted in Northern California. While Cantele’s Californian counterparts tend to make Zinfandel in a “big,” concentrated, fruit-forward style with high alcohol content, Cantele makes this wine in a lighter style, with lower alcohol content (around 13%) and less jammy and more natural fruit flavors. The grapes are grown in Salento in the southernmost tip of Italy’s boot, at the top of the Mediterranean basin where cool sea breezes make fresh aromas and crisp acidity. This “food-friendly” wine is a great pairing for a wide variety of dishes.

Maso Poli Pinot Grigio
(Trentino)

Italian wine connoisseurs know that not all Pinot Grigio is created equal. Too many wineries have jumped recently on to the Pinot Grigio wagon, growing the fruit in climates too warm for this noble white grape. Maso Poli produces this 100% Pinot Grigio in a region where it has been grown for more than 3 centuries: in German-speaking Trentino, in the Italian Alps. Here, higher altitudes and cool summer temperatures are what allow the aristocratic Pinot Grigio (or Pinot Gris) grape to express its true nature. Gorgeous white fruit notes in the wine are matched by mouth-watering freshness and complexity in the mouth. Did you know that Pinot Grigio is actually a red grape? Only by vinifying the juice separately from the skins can the winemaker create the beautiful golden color of this wine.

Terredora Greco di Tufo
(Campania)

Terredora’s single-vineyard “cru” Greco di Tufo can be counted among southern Italy’s most famous and coveted white wines. The grapes for this structured, complex and nuanced white wine are grown in the prehistoric volcanic mountain chain that overlooks the city of Naples and its bay — renowned for its beauty. Greco is an ancient grape variety that was brought to Italy nearly three hundred years before the common era by Greek colonizers, hence the name Greco, which means “Greek” in Italian. The designation Greco “di Tufo” is owed to the white clay “tufo” or tufaceous subsoils of the vineyards: ancient lava along the slopes of this active volcano chain has been transformed into white powdery clay ideal for the production of fine white wine. Did you know that it is best to grow grapes in nutrient-poor soil? As the roots of the vine struggle to find water and nutrients, the fruit becomes richer and richer.

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
(Piedmont)

Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the five townships of the Barbaresco DOCG appellation, Barbaresco is one of the most coveted and collected fine red wines in the world. Like its sister appellation Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco is made in the Langhe Hills of Piedmont, one of Italy’s greatest food destinations, where Italy’s top wines, rare white truffles, and some of Italy’s best aged cheeses draw food and wine connoisseurs and many of the world’s top food and wine writers each fall. While Barolo is often called the “masculine” and more austere expression of Nebbiolo, Barbaresco is known for its “feminine” nuance, elegance, and beauty. Earthy aromas are complemented by wild berry flavors in this tannic, structured, bold red wine. The Produttori del Barbaresco or “Barbaresco Producers” winery is a cooperative that dates back to the nineteenth century. Comprised of more than 60 local growers of Nebbiolo, it is one of Italy’s most famous and respected “iconic” cellars and its wines grace the lists of the world’s top dining destinations.

San Antonio celebrates the Southern Italian Wines of Vias Imports

Here are some highlights from last Saturday night’s Wines of Southern Italy dinner proudly presented by Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, Vias Wines, and Mosaic Wine Group…

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Fiano d’Avellino Terredora (Campania)
Greco di Tufo Terredora (Campania)
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cataldi Madonna (Abruzzo)
Primitivo Cantele (Puglia)
Sicilia Rosso Colosi (Sicily)
Aglianico Terredora (Campania)

Guests at last Saturday night’s Southern Italian Wine dinner included Italian wine connoisseur Mary Green (seated right), San Antonio socialite and organizer of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (December 9-13, 2009, click link to find out more about how you can contribute).

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Guests enjoyed a 5-course dinner prepared by chef and owner Joe Buonincontri, featuring classic Italian regional cuisine.

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7 wines were served, including a Prosecco by Bisol (Veneto) as guests arrived and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by Cataldi Madonna (Abruzzo) and Sicilia Rosso by Colosi (Sicily) — the two big hits of the evening.

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Mosaic Wine Group’s very own Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. spoke tableside about the wines and the pairings.

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Chef Joe Buonincontri’s “cotoletta alla milanese,” Milanese-style breaded veal chop with potato croquette was the star of the evening!

Thank you, everyone, for coming! We’ll be announcing the date of “The Tuscan Wines of Vias Imports” at Luce shortly. So please stay tuned!

Mosaic celebrates Southern Italy and Vias Wines in San Antonio

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Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd # 200
San Antonio TX 78230
210-561-9700

Mosaic Wine Group proudly celebrates the wines of Southern Italy and the Vias portfolio on Saturday evening in San Antonio. Please join Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D of Mosaic Wine Group and owner and executive chef Joe Buonincontri of Luce for classic southern Italian cuisine and wine pairings, featuring southern gems of the Vias portfolio Terredora, Cantele, Colosi, and Cataldi Madonna.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
Saturday, May 30
7:30 p.m.
$75 per person (tax and tip included)

To reserve, please send an email by clicking here or by calling 210-561-9700.

Paolo Cantele takes Austin by storm

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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.

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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
512-458-1813

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!

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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.

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