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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

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CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS – 90 points from Wine Spectator!

CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS 2007 – Score: 90  POINTS – Wine SpectatorCLOS LOA COUTALE

“Big, rich and darkly colored—these are the descriptors for the best red wines from the Cahors district of southwest France. The leading grape is Malbec (that’s right, there was Malbec before Argentina) and now a small group of quality-oriented producers is pursuing a higher profile for Malbec in its homeland. Tannat and Merlot can also used in these blends. Besides an array of dark fruit flavors, the following wines from Cahors offer plenty of muscle and dense structures. They beg to be drunk with a juicy rib-eye or a roasted leg of lamb. There’s a good sense of elegance to the well-defined, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, followed by notes of sage, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf on the long, powerful finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported. — Kim Marcus“

Philippe Bernéde is a renaissance man whose interests range from cooking, to sports, aviation and a few patented inventions. Winegrowing is his passion, however, and it shows in the quality of his wine. This 55 hectare estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial valley floor, along the meandering Lot River. The soil, which consists of gravel, silica clay and limestone, is particularly well-suited for vines. Because the vineyards face southwest, they are protected from the cold winds that blow from the Causse upland plateau. This also allows the fruit to achieve full ripeness early in the season.

The domaine has been in the family for six generations and is planted to the traditional varietals of Cahors – Malbec (locally known as ‘Cot’), which provides deep color, structure and tannin and Merlot, which softens the young wine and improves the bouquet. The wine is aged in large oak foudres before being bottled unfiltered. Although it can be enjoyed young, it ages very well.

“Incredibly bright color, like the skin of a ripe black cherry, the aroma captivates. There is a suspicion of new oak, a jumble of black fruits (cherry, cassis, blackberry), plus a little corner of blueberry, plus a subtle smoky nuance, and a fleeting suggestion of black truffle. And the perfume is only the opening salvo. The palate is rich, loaded with delicious fruit. It is round, and tannic with superb balance and structure.” – Kermit Lynch

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Restaurant Ava inaugural wine dinner with Mosaic Wine Group

Mosaic Wine Group recently had the opportunity to spend a wonderful evening of great food and wine in Rockwall, Texas, hosting the first wine dinner at Restaurant Ava. The spectacular six-course dinner was paired with a selection of wines from the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio and was a fantastic way to launch their wine dinner program. Chef / Owners Randall Copeland and Nathan Tate pulled out all the stops for this menu and the crowd was delighted with the seamless stream of food and wine pairings.menu

Greeting guests was a trio of hors d’oeuvres, including a White Gazpacho Soup, Jonah’s Crab Salad and Chicken Confit with Shiitake Mushrooms on Toast Points paired with the 2007 Bisol Crede Prosecco.

First Course was a ‘Fig Duet’, which included a Turkish Fig Tart with Paula’s Goat Cheese and Golden Celeste Figs drizzled with fresh orange blossom honey. This was paired with the 2007 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, from this historic producer in Alto-Adige, founded in the year 1142.fig duet

Second course was an absolutely brilliant butter-poached lobster with taragon, lemon verbena and a house-made sweet corn tortelloni. This creamy-textured dish was paired with the well-structured 2007 Chateau Graville-Lacoste, a White Bordeaux from Graves.

butter poached lobster 2 Moving on, the next course was one of the crowd favorites of the night – a wood grilled pork loin with potato-leek perogi, mustard greens and a whole grain mustard jus, which paired incredibly well with the 2007 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley in the Central Coast of California.

The fantastic menu pairings continued with a smoky Meyer ribeye pave and fresh basil, kalamata olives and local tomatoes, which was an incredible compliment to the 2007 Aglianico from Terredora di Paolo in Campania.meyer robeye pave

After an intermezzo of fresh local peach sorbet, the night was capped off with a delightful dessert to remember – (friend of the family) Eileen’s Carrot Cake served with a carrot-reduction and cream cheese ice cream, paired with a Muscat Beaumes de Venise from producer Domaine du Durban in the Southern Rhone Valley of France.

It was certainly an evening to remember for those able to attend. Rockwall is just a short drive from downtown Dallas, and you should check this restaurant out as soon as possible. Their philosophy of utilizing local farmers, the freshest produce and meats available and (of course) supporting the portfolio of Mosaic Wine Group make this a restaurant destined for long-term success!

Congratulations to Restaurant Ava and their incredible staff for hosting such a wonderful wine dinner event.chad butler table

RESTAURANT AVA
108 South Goliad
Rockwall TX 75087
469-698-9920

dan with nathan and randall

Vias Wines, Mosaic Wine Group and 360 Uno Trattoria present winemaker Lucio Mastroberardino June 16

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Above: Lucio Mastroberardino belongs to one of Italy’s most illustrious winemaking families. His origins as a winemaker stretch back to the 17th century. Today, his Terredora estate produces some of Southern Italy’s most coveted fine wines.

360 Uno Trattoria
3801 Capitol of Texas Highway
Suite G-100
Austin TX 78746
512-327-4448

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
five courses, seven wines
7:00 p.m.

$65 (plus tax and tip)

To reserve, please call 512-327-4448 or email by clicking here.

A five-course dinner will be served featuring the following wine pairings:

Terredora Falanghina
Terredora Fiano di Avellino
Terredora Greco di Tufo
Terredora Aglianico
Terredora Taurasi

Seating is extremely limited so please reserve asap by calling 512-327-4448 or emailing 360 Uno Trattoria here!

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…

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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!

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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.

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

Mosaic Wine Group at Vinitaly

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Above: Paolo Cantele of the Cantele winery (Puglia) and Dan Redman founder of Mosaic Wine Group.

Mosaic Wine Group has been making the rounds at Italy’s annual wine trade fairs, Vinitaly, Vini Veri, Triple A, and Renassiance du Terroir. Today, we head out to Valpolicella today and Alto Adige tomorrow, and we have been visiting with our producers, tasting their wines, and sourcing some of the best juice Italy has to offer.

Yesterday, we checked in with Paolo Cantele (above with Dan) of the Cantele winery in Puglia. Paolo will be visiting Texas later this month (April 19, 20, 21) and we will hitting the market with him and pouring his wines at a happy hour at Vino Vino in Austin (details to be posted shortly). His Primitivo was showing great and we also really liked his Rosato and his new Amativo, a blend of Primitivo and Negroamaro.

Stay tuned for details on his visit.

Mosaic and Vias launch with Glazer’s Louisiana

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Above: Mosaic Wine Group founder and jefe Dan Redman speaks to the 50+ person Glazer’s sales team.

It’s official: on Friday, February 27, Mosaic Wine Group and Vias launched their new partnership with Glazer’s Louisiana. Mosaic founder Dan Redman traveled last week to Louisiana to conduct a seminar on Italian wines and the Vias portfolio and lead a guided tasted of 6 wines, including Argiano’s superb 2006 NC (a Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese), the fresh 2007 Moscato d’Asti Scarpona by Marenco, and the killer 2003 Barolo by iconic Piedmontese producer Damilano.

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Above: They love ’em some Mardi Gras down in Louisiana. The Glazer’s reception desk was still adorned with Mardi Gras festivity on Friday.

Also in attendance for the gathering of more than 50 sales team members were General Sales Manager Mark Stover, State Portfolio Manager Greg Meyer, Director of Sales Prestige On-Premise Wines Kevin Theard, Director of Sales Paramount Division John Skidmore, and Director of Sales Domaine & Estates Division Anthony Domingue.

Thank you Glazer’s Louisiana! Mosaic could not have received a warmer welcome. We look forward to bringing great Italian wine to the great state of Louisiana!