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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.

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Top palates: Fabrizio Pedrolli and Joseph Kemble at Da Pino

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Above: Vias founder and owner Fabrizio Pedrolli (far left) and Spec’s Italian Wine Buyer Joseph Kemble (far right) traded tasting notes over dinner and Maso Poli wines at Da Pino the other night in Passo Mendola (Trentino).

Ristorante Da Pino
Via Postal 39
38010 San Michele all’Adige (TN)
tel. 0461 650435

Last week, Mosaic Wine Group shared dinner with top palates in the Italian wine world, Fabrizio Pedrolli, found and owner of Vias Imports, and Joseph Kemble, Italian Wine Buyer for Spec’s Houston.

Joseph was recently honored by the Italian Trade Commission with a Distinguished Service Platinum Award for his impressive career in Italian wine and his contribution to the promotion of Italian wines and Italian wine education.

Also in attendance was winemaker extraordinaire Luigi Togn of Maso Poli.

Da Pino is known for its impressive wine list, wine service, and the picturesque wine cellar, which can accommodate parties and private dining.

Italy and Japan: a love affair

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Sushi Cafe
5823 Kavanaugh Blvd
Little Rock AR 72207
501-663-9888‎

Yesterday found Mosaic Wine Group in Little Rock Arkansas, where it enjoyed excellent sushi and a glass of Maso Poli 2007 Pinot Grigio at Sushi Cafe. Many call owner Robert Tju’s restaurant “the best sushi in Little Rock.” His menu features a traditional Japanese cuisine as well a variety of classic American and Japanese fusion dishes.

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Every one of the whites on Robert’s list are served by the glass. The bright acidity of Maso Poli’s Pinot Grigio paired beautifully with the spiciness of the wasabi, while its structure and elegance — the result of barrel fermentation and a stirring of the lees (batonnage) — drew out the luscious fatty flavors of the raw fish. A match made in heaven…

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One of Robert’s signature fusion dishes is the irresistible Kobe Hot Dog: “all natural grilled Kobe Hot Dog served with sautéed onioins, red bell peppers, and sweet potato fries.” Let’s make it clear. Mosaic Wine Group has one and only one thing to say about this: Y-U-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M!!!

And now time for juicy trivia…

benedettaOne of the most famous love triangles in 1930s Italy was between poet F.T. Marinetti, his beautiful wife Benedetta Cappa (left), and Japanese ambassador Shirokuro Hidaka. You learn the strangest things reading the Mosaic Wine Group blog, don’t you?