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

From the “only in Texas” department…


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!

Pinot Grigio

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.


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!


Robert Craig Affinity garners top honors


Above: Robert Craig paired well with the excellent New York Strip last month at top Dallas steakhouse III Forks.

III Forks Steakhouse
17776 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas TX 75287

In San Francisco they KNOW their Napa Valley Cabernet! Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle recently called Robert Craig Affinity one of the “Top 10 Napa Valley Cabernets.”

With fruit from the Mount George area east of the city of Napa, the winery’s Left Bank-style blend, with a bit of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in the mix, outperforms for the price. A clean, pure Cabernet nose: graphite, cassis, hints of dried citrus peel to brighten things. Polished and sleek, with a lingering sweetness to the finish.

—Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, April 12, 2009

Ask any Texan and they’ll tell you that the best town for steak and steakhouses is DALLAS. Does anything go better with steak than Napa Valley Cabernet? The Dallas Morning News recently gave Robert Craig Affinity a GOLD MEDAL.

Opaque black ruby color, cassis, vanilla and cedar aromas with dense and intense black currant flavors and grainy tannins. Bold, balanced elegance.

—2009 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, April 2009

If it’s good enough for top wine writer, world-class wine competition judge, and founder of Wine Reviews Online Michael Franz, then it’s good enough for us!

91/100 Points. This producer consistently turns out delicious renditions of Cabernet that are at once impressive and user-friendly. The impressive side of this equation is expressed in the form of concentrated fruit and flavors that show admirable depth and persistence. The user-friendly side stems from restrained oak and ripe, fine-grained tannin. The fruit is sweet and ripe but not chunky or obvious, and accent notes of cocoa powder and spices accent the core of black cherry and blackberry fruit.

—Michael Franz, April 21, 2009