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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.

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Terredora is Austin Chronicle “wine of the week”

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.

WINE OF THE WEEK
BY WES MARSHALL
The Austin Chronicle
July 3, 2009

Terredora di Paolo’s jolly and very talented winemaker, Lucio Mastroberardino, likes to explain to American wine lovers that, despite outward appearances, pizza wasn’t invented in Pizza Hut. It comes from the Italian region of Campania. He draws that comparison to make another point, that wine as we know it today originated in Campania (the area which includes Naples and Pompeii) under the Romans more than 21 centuries ago. Notwithstanding the possibility of alternative viewpoints from Greek or Egyptian food historians, the point is that people have been making wine from both the Fiano and Aglianico grapes grown outside Pompeii for more than 2,000 years. All that experience has helped them master the making of wine from those grapes.

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The best panna cotta in Texas? In the world???!!!

From the “see it jiggle” department…

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Above: Mosaic Wine Group has tasted some great panna cotta over the years but Doug Horn’s is simply one of the best (photos by Tracie B).

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
6989 Blanco Rd
San Antonio TX 78216-6164
210-979-6363

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And we know when it’s good. At Dough Pizzeria Napoletana in San Antonio, pizzaiolo Doug Horn makes one of the best if not the best panna cotta we have ever tasted.

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It’s kinda like the old saying, “if you can’t play guitar better than the gas station attendant one mile outside of Nashville, don’t even bother going into town.” The litmus test for every Italian chef is her/his panna cotta. If it don’t wiggle (keeping its shape), don’t even bother going into town.

Bravo Doug!

Doug is famous for his authentic Neapolitan pizza. He serves Terredora Falanghina, Fiano d’Avellino, and Greco di Tufo by the glass — three classic Neapolitan white wines, made from ancient grape varieties recently revived by an archeologist of southern Italian winemaking, Lucio Mastroberardino (imported by Vias Imports).

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.

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!