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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!

6256_126679692124_82067522124_3013265_3024512_n Jeff Feinberg and Dan Redman of Mosaic Wine Group blind taste sparkling wines in the vineyards at Laetitia.

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


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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)


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)



Abbazia di Novacella: On a Mission from God

Mosaic Wine Group visited one of the oldest wineries in the world, Abbazia di Novacella, in Alto Adige this week. This famed property was established in the year 1142 by Augustinian Monks and holds some of the most incredible relics, art and a library that gave us goosebumps. The Abbey continues to thrive today and remains financially independent from the state, supported largely by the 500,000 bottle production of world class wines from Abbazia di Novacella.


Above: Cathedral Ceiling at Abbazia di Novacella.

Abbazia di Novacella produces incredible wines from the Isarco Valley that include brilliant white selections Kerner, Sylvaner, Pinot Grigio, Müller-Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurtztraminer, as well as red grapes Pinot Nero and Lagrein. We had the opportunity to tour this historic property and spend some time with managing director, Marco Scartezzini, who delighted us with the 2008 white wines and 2007 red wines.



Above: Marco Scartezzini of Abbazia di Novacella.

Among the highlights of the tour of Abbazia di Novacella is the library, boasting more than 20,000 volumes dating back to the 13th Century. These hallowed halls included some of the most incredible and priceless pieces of literature, including two Gutenberg bibles (of only 180 produced) and hundreds of hand-written and decorated volumes. The abbey also displays a breathtaking amount of art and antiquities throughout the estate. It was a breathtaking tour and one of the highlights of a wonderful visit to Italy.


Above: The Abbazia di Novacella library.

The wines of Abbazia di Novacella have consistently been lauded with great press and accolades, and in 2009 the winery received one of its greatest accolades, with winemaker Celestino Lucin being named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gambero Rosso. Mosaic Wine Group is honored to represent this historic property and looks forward to another fantastic year for Abbazia di Novacella in the Southwest United States.


Above: Celestino Lucin, winemaker of Abbazia di Novacella, with Jeremy Parzen of Mosaic Wine Group.


Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar: Flirting with Success in New Orleans


Coquette Bistro and Wine Bar
2800 Magazine St
New Orleans LA 70115

Mosaic Wine Group visited a terrific new account in New Orleans, Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar, and met owners Mike Stoltzfus (Chef/Owner) and fiancée Lillian Hubbard (Front-of-House/Wine Director). Mr. Webster defines Coquette (noun) as: “a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.” No flirtation was necessary, we dove right into a love affair with Coquette from the moment we walked in the door!  

Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar opened in December of 2008 in a beautiful late 1800’s two-story building in historic New Orleans. Chef/Owner Mike Stoltzfus comes from a well-pedigreed culinary background, working most recently as Sous Chef to one of New Orleans legendary chefs, John Besh at Restaurant August. Along with his fiancée, who handles the front-of-house and wine program, they embarked upon their dream to open their own place  a beautiful Bistro and Wine Bar, which includes a wonderful menu of New Orleans-influenced cuisine.


Above: Owners Mike Stoltzfus & Lillian Hubbard.

Mosaic Wine Group visited Coquette on a beautiful, spring St. Patrick’s Day 2009. The menu is creative, yet concise, with a selection of small plates, and a well-designed selection of entrees. On this day, my wine compadre and I shared the delectable Pork Belly Rillette, and I dove into the Steak Frites, while my friend enjoyed a special Seared Redfish Risotto.


Above: Pork belly rillette.

muralWhen dropping into Coquette, you’ll be able to enjoy a couple of great wines from the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio, including the 2007 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner from Alto-Adige: a bright, floral white wine from one of the oldest wineries in the world, established in 1142.

You’ll also find the 2004 Damilano Barolo “Lecinquevigne,” one of Piedmont’s best & brightest producers of Barolo.

We wish the best to Lillian, Mike and the team at Coquette! We’ll certainly be back! 

Kerner and garlic shrimp at Vino Vino in Austin


Above: A glass of 2007 Kerner by Abbazia di Novacella paired well last night with garlic shrimp at Vino Vino in Austin.

The Kerner grape was first “bred” in 1969 and by 2003, according to the Oxford Companion to Wine, it accounted for 5,000 hectares planted to vine in Germany. It is a cross between Riesling and a red variety, Trollinger, which is called Schiava Grossa in Italy.

The Abbazia di Novacella or Novacella Abbey is a 12-th century convent located in German-speaking Italy, the South Tyrol.


The success of Kerner can be ascribed to its dependable ripening and its large white berries. It is often compared to Reisling in its aromatic and flavor profile and it is generally vinified as a varietal (i.e., single grape) wine. The 2007 Kerner by Abbazia di Novacella is aromatic and crisp on the nose, with bright acidity and fresh fruit in the mouth. It was a perfect pairing for the garlicky shrimp at Vino Vino!

Trivia: Kerner is not named after the viticulturist who created it (Herold) but rather Justinus Kerner, a 19th-century German doctor and poet.