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Taste 5 wines for $25 at Luce in San Antonio on Friday

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Above: Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen (left) with winemaker Paolo Cantele during Paolo’s recent visit to Texas. Participants in Friday’s guided tasting and seminar will taste Paolo’s Primitivo (Zinfandel) from Puglia, made from grapes grown on the heel of Italy’s boot. (Photo by Italian Wine Guy.)

Taste 5 Italian Wines

STAY FOR DINNER AND RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT ON YOUR BILL!

Italian Wine Seminar and Guided Tasting featuring the wines of Vias Imports

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd # 200
San Antonio, TX 78230-1685
210-561-9700
Friday, July 17
5:30 p.m.
$25 per person
(tax and tip included)

To reserve, please send an email by clicking here or by calling (210) 561-9700.

Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D will lead participants in a guided tasting of five Italian wines.

Participants will taste and discuss the following wines:

Tenuta Luisa Pinot Grigio (Friuli)
Cantele Primitivo (Puglia)
Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo)
Castello di Melete Chianti Classico (Tuscany)
Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany)

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Mosaic loves Texarkana: THANK YOU Ice House, Vincent, and Grape Stompers!

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Mosaic Wine Group, Vincent’s Fine Wines and Liquors, and the Grape Stompers had a blast last night as they tasted the wines of Vias Imports at Hopkins Ice House in Texarkana.

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The Grape Stompers are group of like-minded, cosmopolitan wine lovers and bon vivants based in Texarkana — on the Texas-Arkansas border. Together, we tasted 5 Vias Imports selections.

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Sipped: Pinot Grigio by Maso Poli (Trentino), Greco di Tufo by Terredora (Campania), Sicilia Rosso by Colosi (Sicily), Aglianico by Terredora (Campania), and Mosacato d’Asti by Marenco (Piedmont).

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The event was hosted by Vincent Senatore, Italian wine industry veteran and fine wine purveyor, the top palate around these parts.

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All of these Vias wines are available at Vincent’s store:

Vincent’s Fine Wine and Liquors
6900 N State Line Ave
Texarkana AR 71854
870-774-7217

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Thank you Vincent, thank you Grape Stompers, and thank you Ice House! Mosaic and Vias hope to see y’all again real soon! We loved our Texarkana welcome and hospitality!

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.

Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio, falafel, and chips and guac at the movies — yes, at the movies!

From the “only in Texas” department…

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How cool would it be if you could go to the movies and instead of eating insipid hot dogs and gooey artificial butter on your popcorn you could order from a complete bar menu that included grilled chicken and steak sandwiches, burgers, and salads? And wouldn’t it be even cooler if you COULD ORDER A GLASS OF WINE at the movies? Think you’re dreaming? Well, DREAM ON because in AUSTIN the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE cinema serves awesome food paired with a GREAT wine list — AT THE MOVIES!

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Mosaic Wine Group went to the movies the other day and we enjoyed a glass of Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio with our excellent falafel and chips, guac, and queso (the classic Tex Mex cheese dip). The dimly lit photo above was snapped during the fun “vintage” trailers, cartoons, and music videos they show before the main attraction.

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Here’s how the folks at Alamo Drafthouse explain this unique restaurant:

    The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is Austin’s only independently owned and operated movie theater. We serve a full menu of dinner and drinks to your seat while you watch the movie. The theater is laid out like a traditional movie theater, except every other row of seats has been replaced with a long narrow table for your food and drinks. Those who have never been to the Alamo may worry about disruptions during the movie, but we have devised an ordering system that minimizes interaction during the film, allowing you to order, eat and enjoy the movie with minimal distraction. We recommend arriving early; seating begins 45 minutes before the show and there is always pre-movie entertainment on the screen while you wait for the movie. We have waiters that serve you at your seat; orders before the movie begins are taken in the traditional way. Once the movie starts if you need anything at all, there is paper and pencils at the table, write down what you need on the paper, stand the paper up on the card holder attached to the table. This acts as a flag, your waiter will only come by if he sees the card, otherwise he will stay out of your way so you can enjoy the film.

Mosaic Wine Group watched Xmen Origins: Wolverine, with one of our favorite actors, the hunky Hugh Jackman, who paired very well with our Pinot Grigio by Torre di Luna. ROCK ON ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE!

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!

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?