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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!

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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

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

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

Hayashi
1335 E Whitestone Blvd # T140
Cedar Park TX 78613
512-986-7176

Georgetown location:

1019 W University Ave # 205
Georgetown TX 78628
512-868-9686

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.

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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.

Wall Street Journal: Laetitia Chardonnay one of “America’s best buys”

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Each year the Wall Street Journals enlists the world’s top wine writers and buyers to select “America’s best buys.” This year’s panel included wine world luminaries Hugh Johnson (the greatest living wine writer today) and Paul Lukacs (editor-in-chief, Saveur magazine) among others. Only 12 wines are selected each year. Here’s what the judges had to say about Laetitia Estate Chardonnay 2007:

Golden Chardonnay to knock you Sideways

Father-and-son winemakers Dave and Eric Hickey have seen sales rocket since the film Sideways put their valley firmly on the fine wine map. “Ripe golden grapes, tight acidity, intense length, vital” wrote Hugh of this double Gold-medal winner. 14.1% Vol. To 2012. Laetitia Estate Chardonnay 2007, Arroyo Grande Valley

—May 2009

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!

Wine, chocolate, and romance at Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro, San Antonio

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Above: Hands off ladies! He’s taken. Wine director Mathieu Muckensturm (a native of Alsace) of Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro in San Antonio pours Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir by the glass.

Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro
18402 US Hwy 281, Suite 114
San Antonio TX 78259
210-491-4480

Leave it to a couple of Frenchmen to bring wine, chocolate, and romance together at Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro in San Antonio. Mosaic Wine Group stopped by last night around 7 for a glass of Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir by the glass and the joint was jumping. We were soon informed that “Thursday night is the new Friday night” in San Antonio.

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Above: Coco Signature Cake “The Kiss”: “Single origin Ecuador chocolate mousse dome with crème brulée and spiked cherry center, chewy chocolate cake base, caramel nest.” Other sexy desserts include “The Love Affair between Mint and Chocolate” and “Chocolate Inferno.”

There’s nothing better to put you in the mood than an impressive wines-by-the-glass program, a mind-blowing chocolate themed dessert menu, and a red velvet decor that looks like a fantasy scene from Grease.

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Above: a couple takes time out from whispering sweet nothings on the swing at Coco to pose for the Mosaic Wine Group paparazzo.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

It’s alive: the Mosaic Wine Group blog

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This is the blog by a couple of guys based in Austin who sell wine in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. We’re just getting our blog off the ground but here are some of the brands we sell and companies we work with. Check back soon… We got some fun stuff coming at you…

Vias Imports

High quality wines imported from Italy.

Kermit Lynch

Benchmark natural wines from France and Italy.

Laetitia

Premium pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wines from Arroyo Grande Valley.

Flora Springs

Napa Valley producer of Bordeaux varietals.

Robert Craig Winery

Napa Valley Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon producer.

Viader

Prestige Howell Mountain, Napa Valley producer.

Neyers Vineyards

Napa Valley producer specializing in single-vineyard Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.

Groom

Australian premium wines from famed winemaker Daryl Groom.

Testarossa Vineyards

Central Coast producer of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

Roots Run Deep

Napa Valley producer of Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.