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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…



Above: Chef and owner of Luce Ristorante Joe Buonincontri paired his signature “Sicilian” deep-dish pizza last night with Sicilia Rosso by Colosi, a blend of Nero d’Avola and smaller amounts of Merlot from the island of Salina off the coast of Messina, Sicily (imported by Vias Imports).

Mosaic would like to thank everyone who came out for Monday night’s Pizza and Pizza Wines event featuring the wines of Vias Imports at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca in San Antonio.


Above: Joe’s Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza.


tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil



tomato sauce, olives, anchovy, capers, red pepper, olive oil, fresh mozzarella, garlic



fresh mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, arugula, prosciutto



thick crust, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, oregano



Above: Joe’s signature “Sicilian” deep dish pizza.

If you’d like to be added to Joe’s mailing list to learn about future events and special offers at Luce, please send him an email by clicking here.


The best espresso in Texas?


Chef Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno in San Antonio — slated to open tomorrow, see details below — may make one of the meanest espressos this side of the Mason-Dixon Line but the title of “Best Espresso in Texas” is still held by Austin’s Jeff Courington (above), owner Vino Vino, where the Mosaic Wine Group staff can found on many long hot summer afternoons, sipping the java and enjoying the FREE and super-fast wi-fi. Most folks think of Vino Vino for the best natural wine list in Texas but we go there for the espresso, too. Check it out:

Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin TX 78751-4222

There is still no phone number listed for Il Sogno in San Antonio, slated to open tomorrow, but here’s what we know:

Il Sogno (Chef Andrew Weissman)
Pearl Brewery
300 E Grayson St
San Antonio TX 78215
no phone number listed

Il Sogno and Vino Vino both feature the wines of Vias Imports.

Pizza and Pizza Wines in San Antonio, featuring the wines of Vias Imports

Pizza and Pizza Wines
Taste four pizzas and pair with 4 different wines
Featuring the wines of Vias Imports
6:30 p.m., Monday, July 27
$45 per person (tax and tip included)

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

Chef and owner Joe Buonincontri, Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, prepares 4 pizzas and Mosaic’s Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. discusses the intricacies and delicacies of pairing pizza and southern Italian wines.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd # 200
San Antonio, TX 78230-1685
(210) 561-9700

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


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


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
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)

Fork sculpture artist files complaint with ACLU over censorship in San Antonio

Mosaic Wine Group has learned that San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran has filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union after the Stone Oak Property Owners Association forced restaurateur Damien Watel to build a wall blocking Duran’s Fork sculpture from view.

The POA had claimed that the Fork was an authorized form of advertisement.

Watel and Duran contended that it was a work of art but were forced, nonetheless, on legal grounds to conceal the work from view from the street.

The complaint was reported today on the website of the San Antonio Express News, MySanAntonio.com.

Celebrate the Tuscan wines of Vias tonight in San Antonio


Above: Sangiovese Grosso grapes in Montalcino, the grape variety used to make Camigliano’s Rosso di Montalcino, 100% Sangiovese Grosso, featured tonight at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca in San Antonio.


Tuscan Wine Dinner
featuring the wines of Vias Imports
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
Chef Joseph Buonincontri
Monday, June 29
6:30 p.m.
$75 per person
(tax and tip included)

Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. will be pouring and speaking tableside on the wines and classic Tuscan pairings.

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

Wines to be featured:

Chianti Classico by Castello di Meleto

Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot

Tasting notes: this wine was made in the top subzone of Chianti by one of the top winemakers in Italy today, Roberto Stucchi, who owns one of the most famous estates in Chianti, Badia a Coltibuono. This is a rich Chianti Classico, with aroms of red fruit and chocolate and tobacco undertones. Chianti Classico is known as “classico” or classic because its where the production of fine wine originated in Tuscany.

Rosso di Montalcino by Camigliano

100% Sangiovese

Tasting notes: this is a traditional-style Sangiovese, with classic plum flavors and aromas, and balanced, smooth tannin. A classic pairing for steak, this wine is made by one of the most famous producers of Brunello di Montalcino — one of Tuscany’s most prized wines. Younger vines make this wine more approachable at an earlier age.

Non Confunditur “NC” by Argiano

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese

Tasting notes: a rich Super Tuscan from one of the greatest producers of Brunello di Montalcino. A great wine for the Napa Valley Cab lover, a great steak wine, and a great value for the quality. This 16th century winery has some of the best growing sites in the Brunello di Montalcino appellation thanks to the elevation of the vineyards. Freshness on the nose, clean flavors of red fruit with notes of tobacco, chocolate, and cigar box.

The best panna cotta in Texas? In the world???!!!

From the “see it jiggle” department…


Above: Mosaic Wine Group has tasted some great panna cotta over the years but Doug Horn’s is simply one of the best (photos by Tracie B).

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
6989 Blanco Rd
San Antonio TX 78216-6164

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And we know when it’s good. At Dough Pizzeria Napoletana in San Antonio, pizzaiolo Doug Horn makes one of the best if not the best panna cotta we have ever tasted.


It’s kinda like the old saying, “if you can’t play guitar better than the gas station attendant one mile outside of Nashville, don’t even bother going into town.” The litmus test for every Italian chef is her/his panna cotta. If it don’t wiggle (keeping its shape), don’t even bother going into town.

Bravo Doug!

Doug is famous for his authentic Neapolitan pizza. He serves Terredora Falanghina, Fiano d’Avellino, and Greco di Tufo by the glass — three classic Neapolitan white wines, made from ancient grape varieties recently revived by an archeologist of southern Italian winemaking, Lucio Mastroberardino (imported by Vias Imports).