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MOSAIC WINE GROUP WELCOMES ANTONIO GIANOLA

Mosaic Wine Group is proud to announce the addition of Antonio Gianola to the sales and marketing team. Antonio has long been one of the most respected sommeliers and wine buyers in the state, and will be an incredible asset to the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio.

Antonio was most recently Sommelier and General Manager at Catalan Restaurant in Houston, managing one of the most exciting wine programs in the country. Previous to Catalan, Antonio managed the extensive Italian wine program at DaMarco in Houston.

Antonio lives in Houston with his lovely bride, Melissa.

Please join me in welcoming Antonio Gianola to the team of Mosaic Wine Group.  Antonio can be contacted at antonio.gianola@gmail.com.

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

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

Mosaic Marketing Dept. hard at work for you!

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Above: the Marketing Dept. at Mosaic Wine Group is a veritable command center and brain trust where staffers are constantly monitoring the Internets and media for news about our products. State-of-the-art, advanced, cutting-edge, peerless technology aids us in our quest to keep you current, informed, and up-to-speed on recent accolades for our products. We make damn good coffee, too!

Check out the newly updated ACCOLADES page where you find recently added pages on a number of our products, including Bisol, Cantele, and recent 90+ scores for Vias Wines and Robert Parker’s report on Southern and Central Italian wines.

You’ll also find many useful “printable” downloads, useful for sharing with your accounts, clients, patrons, and mom.

MOSAIC WINE GROUP MARKETING DEPT. TIP OF THE DAY: if you’re looking for accolades for a certain product, simply type the name of the product or producer in the search dialog in the upper right hand corner of our blog. Here are the results for a recent search for “Cantele.” Try it! It’s fun and easy to use…

While you’re at it, please check out Wine & Spirits Magazine Senior Editor Wolfgang Weber’s recent notes on Vinitaly, in which Vias wines get some fine praise.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA: ON A MISSION FROM GOD!

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.

Whacky Nachos for the Wine Savvy at BRIX Wine Cellars, Houston

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Above: Don & Nita from BRIX Wine Cellars.

BRIX Wine Cellars
110-T Vintage Park Blvd.
Houston TX 77070
281-374-6100

Mosaic Wine Group recently caught up with Don & Nita, owners of Brix Wine Cellars in NW Houston and tasted through some wines from the Mosaic portfolio. Brix Wine Cellars opened just a few short months ago and features an array of wines from all across the globe. Brix Wine Cellars is a huge supporter of wines from the Mosaic Wine Group portfolio, and we’ll soon be posting dates for upcoming events.

Adding to the warm and inviting ambiance, you can choose from a vast selection of wine flights, wines by the glass & bottle and enjoy some wonderful menu items from their creative, wine-friendly food menu. During our visit, we checked out some of the craziest nachos ever concocted — kettle chips, loaded with a blend of aromatic cheeses, olives, tomatoes, and bacon — whacky, unique and truly the first time I’ve seen nachos paired with wine. 

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Above: The world's Whackiest Nachos from BRIX.

Please stop in to check out the place, and tell ’em we sent you — they may even let you stay a while. They’re great people and we look forward to spending a lot of time supporting them!  

CHEERS!