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Taste 3 wines today at Austin City Lofts, 6 pm

flierMosaic will be pouring Bisol Prosecco, Terredora Falanghina, and Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo today from 6-8 p.m. at Austin City Lofts today:

Austin City Lofts
800 W 5th St
UNIT 902
Austin TX 78703

No RSVP required.

The tasting is brought to you by Urban Space Realtors, Mosaic Wine Group, and The Austin Wine Merchant.

Hope to see you there!

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.

Not just great pizza at Corvina in Round Rock

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Above: oven-fired polenta with roast mushrooms and a dollop of goat cheese paired exceedingly well with Langhe Nebbiolo 2007 by Produttori del Barbaresco on a stormy night in Round Rock (Austin).

Pizzeria Corvina
3107 S I H 35
Round Rock TX 78664
512-310-2625

Mosaic Wine Group stopped by the newly opened Pizzeria Corvina in Round Rock (Austin) last night to find a packed house of happy happy diners (despite a tornado advisory for Travis County).

We knew that chef Cody Krause’s pizzas are awesome (and indeed, we munched down an excellent Margherita there as well) but we were not hip to the fact that Cody is also doing some fantastic classic Italian dishes beyond his coal-fired pizza menu. The earthy flavor of roasted mushrooms over the creamy mouthfeel of oven-fired polenta were mind-blowingly good with the 2007 Langhe Nebbiolo by Produttori del Barbaresco, which they serve by the glass. The earthiness of the wine and the earthiness of the dish were in perfect harmony.

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Above: Chef Cody Krause of Pizzeria Corvina has brought fine Italian cooking and irresistible coal-fired pizza to Round Rock in Austin.

“I love to show people that it doesn’t have to be loaded with garlic to be classic Italian cooking,” said Chef Cody, whose beautiful wife and newborn were also dining at Pizzeria Corvina last night.

Pizzeria Corvina features 20 wines by the glass nightly, including a number of Vias Imports selections like the Langhe Nebbiolo by Produttori del Barbaresco and Super Tuscan NC by Argiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese sourced from some of the best growing sites in the Brunello di Montalcino appellation by one of the great producers of Brunello di Montalcino.

Next time you stop by Corvina, don’t forget to check who’s sitting at the bar scarfing down some pizza (or polenta): it will probably be us!

Friends of Mosaic in the news

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Congratulations to Todd Duplechan (above), chef de cuisine, Trio at the Four Seasons, Austin, who recently appeared on the cover of Tribeza magazine! Produttori del Barbaresco 2007 Langhe Nebbiolo by the glass at Trio goes excellently with your Spiced Pork Chop with Muscat Grape Chutney (pick up issue number 94 for the recipe).

food_and_wineCongratulations are also due to Doug and Lori Horn, owners of Dough Pizzeria in San Antonio, who have been dubbed “new pizza artisans” by Food and Wine Magazine (June issue)!

“Doug and Lori Horn are the best kind of pizza makers,” writes Pat Sharpe of Food and Wine, “total fanatics… Dough makes Neapolitan pies with thin, crackly crusts anda ll manner of Italian meats and cheeses.”

Last time we visited you, the Argiano 2006 Rosso di Montalcino paired beautifully with your pizzas, especially the caramelized red onion and roast mushroom (pictured below). Thank you again for your continued support!

Interview with Produttori del Barbaresco winemaker Aldo Vacca

Check out this interview with Produttori del Barbaresco winemaker Aldo Vacca on 2006 and 2007 vintage notes.

Produttori del Barbaresco vertical tomorrow at Austin Wine Merchant

pdbMosaic Wine Group will be pouring a vertical of Produttori del Barbaresco tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Austin Wine Merchant (512 West Sixth Street, Austin, between Nueces and San Antonio, 512-499-0512). We are pleased to present the 2004 and 2005 classic Barbaresco as well as the 2006 Langhe Nebbiolo. This string of fantastic vintages is not to be missed: the tasting represents a rare opportunity to experience vintage characteristics in this iconic, terroir-driven wine.

THE TASTING IS FREE (no RSVP required).

Produttori del Barbaresco 04 at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

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The 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco was showing beautifully at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse this weekend. The knowledgeable waiter decanted tableside as soon as the bottle was ordered and it had opened up stunningly by the time are steaks arrived. That’s the chef’s special steak: bone-in fillet.

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No steak dinner is complete without an excellent shrimp cocktail appetizer.

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One of the costumes that Mrs. Steiner wore in the family’s rodeo shows. Is that a Nudie suit?