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Suavia and Terredora score BIG in Wine Spectator!

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Above: the vineyards at Suavia in the heart of Soave Classico.

CLICK HERE FOR A DOWNLOADABLE AND PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE WINE SPECTATOR ARTICLE “ITALY’S IMPROVING WHITES.”

The August edition of The Wine Spectator has just hit the streets and two Vias Imports products have scored BIG!

    “In the Veneto, which stretches roughly from Verona to Venice, Soave makes the best-known whites. They can be bland, but the dynamic estate Suavia made an outstanding Soave Classico in its 2008 (91 points).”
    “Campania’s top producers have released excellent Fianos: Terredora Fiano di Avellino Campore 2007 (92 points).”

For information on these or any other Vias products, please contact us by email here.

High marks for the wines of Vias from Wine & Spirits Magazine

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Above: the Latin term Praepositus is used to denote “Abbot.” The top wine by Abbazia di Novacella (the Abbey of Novacella) in Alto Adige is named after the Praepositus of the Abbey. Mosaic Wine Group took this picture of an inscription where the term appears when we visited in April. The winery’s Sylvaner Praepositus received 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine. Click here for more on Abbazia di Novacella.

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August 2009 issue

LE DUE TERRE Sacrisassi Bianco 2006 95 points
DAMIJAN Bianco Kaplja 2005 92 points
BISOL Prosecco Superiore Cartizze 92 points
BISOL Prosecco Crede 90 points
ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA Lagrein 2007 92 points
ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA Kerner 2007 91 points
ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA Sylvaner Praepositus 2007 90 points
ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA Pinot Nero 2007 90 points
GONZAGA San Leonardo 2003 91 points
IST. SAN MICHELE Nosiola 2007 90 points

TORRE DI LUNA Cabernet 2006 88 points BEST BUY
CANTELE Negroamaro Rosato 2008 88 points BEST BUY

Also rated, available Late Summer/Fall 2009:

ELVIO COGNO Barolo Vigna Elena 2004 94 points
ELVIO COGNO Barolo Cascina Nuova 2005 91 points EXCEPTIONAL VALUE
ELVIO COGNO Barolo Ravera 2005 90 points

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!

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!

Upcoming events

Tuesday June 16

Celebrate the wines of Terredora
and Vias Imports
with winemaker Lucio Mastroberardino
at 360 Uno (Austin, TX)

For more info, click here.

Tuesday June 16

Capeo Ristorante
(Little Rock)
celebrates its 6th anniversary
with the wines of
Vias Imports

SOLD OUT!

To view menu, click here.

Romano Dal Forno: the innovative King of Amarone

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Above: The Romano Dal Forno label is one of Amarone’s most iconic.

Expectations were extremely high when Mosaic Wine Group visited one the world’s most highly coveted and sought-after wineries, Dal Forno Romano, in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto. The Dal Forno family has been growing grapes in the Val d’Illasi for four generations, and established the Dal Forno Romano label in 1983. The winery has long been regarded as the top Amarone and Valpolicella producer in the Veneto, and lauded by the press with tremendous accolades year after year. Having visited some of the top chateaus in Bordeaux, and many other of the self-appointed best & brightest producers from other great wine regions throughout the world, there was an air of uncertainty as to what Dal Forno could possibly have to offer.

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Above: Michele Dal Forno (center), Deena DiMasi Miskiel (left, National Sales Manager Vias Imports), and Michele’s father Romano dal Forno (right).

We were initially greeted by Michele Dal Forno, one of founder Romano Dal Forno’s three sons, who is involved in the daily operations of the winery. It didn’t take long for us to figure out why this property is so highly regarded. We walked into the production facility, filled with shiny stainless steel tanks of various shapes and sizes, which at first glance was just like every other winery we’ve ever visited. We soon began to learn about the innovative mind of Romano Dal Forno and how he would change the way that his wines would be produced by tweaking the design of traditional methodology. Every piece of equipment had not only a purpose, but an efficiency and simplicity to make the best wines possible with minimal interference and/or manipulation. These innovations included computerized and integrated climatic controls, panels for cleaning, stabilizing and moving wines from tanks and Dal Forno designed stainless steel punch-down pads in every tank, etc. It was an impressive way to start a winery tour.

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Above: Romano Dal Forno personally conceived and designed the unique ventilation system at his winery. The fans are mounted on rollers that move slowly from one side of the room to the other when activated by a computer that monitors the temperature and humidity of the room.

Then we walked into another room of the expansive estate, a room designed solely for the drying of grapes. The grapes of Amarone have always been dried for concentrating the complex flavors and aromas of Amarone, but as of the 2002 vintage Dal Forno has also utilized drying for their incredible Valpolicella. Once again, we were greeted with the innovation of Romano Dal Forno, who designed a specialized computer-controlled system to help with the consistent drying of the grapes.

We then took a stroll underground to the cellars of Dal Forno. Two floors below ground, we could feel the drop in temperature as we entered the pristine barrel room of Dal Forno. Here, in the cellar, we caught up with Romano Dal Forno who speaks very little English. We could see and hear the passion of this innovative man, and with the assistance of our trusty translator, Jeremy Parzen, we could relate to his stories as if we were there to live them ourselves.

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Above: Jeremy Parzen (center) translates with 2007 Dal Forno Amarone in hand for Romano Dal Forno (right), as Mosaic founder Dan Redman looks on.

Romano told detailed stories of great vintages, of his grandmother’s influence on his life, and of the tragic 2007 vintage, which was destined for legendary status until a devastating hail storm hit the region on August 30th, 2007. Our collective jaws dropped as we listened to how there would be no 2007 Amarone from Dal Forno, and only a very small amount of Valpolicella. Given the aforementioned innovations that we saw within the winery, we could almost feel that the cogs were in motion for a Romano Dal Forno design to protect his vineyards from any future issues from Mother Nature.

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Above: Barrel tasting with Romano Dal Forno. Alfonso Cevola (right), Italian Wine Director Glazer’s, looks on.

We also had the pleasure of barrel-tasting three great wines from Dal Forno — the 2006 Valpolicella, the (hail-plagued) 2007 Valpolicella and the breathtaking 2006 Amarone. Each wine was complex, rich and concentrated with intense aromas and flavors that would resolve themselves with gentle care and time to develop. For Valpolicella, younger vines including Corvina and Rondinella are utilized; the grapes are then dried for 30 days; barrel aged for 3 years, then an additional year in bottle before release. The decadent Amarones of Dal Forno are produced from older vines; the grapes are dried for 3 months; aged in barrique for 3 years, then in bottle for an additional year before release.   A third, sweet wine is produced only in great vintages – a sweet red, passito wine, called Vigne Sere.

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We discovered on our visit exactly why Dal Forno Romano has been crowned the well-deserved King of Amarone! Bravo!

Tenuta San Leonardo: Legendary Red Wines from the Dolomites

Mosaic Wine Group had the great pleasure of visiting iconic property Tenuta San Leonardo last week during its whirlwind tour of Northeast Italy. Tenuta San Leonardo is the pride of Trentino, producing one of the worlds great red wines, San Leonardo. The estate, founded in 1724, is owned by the Marchesi Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, whose lineage dates back many generations in the region and beyond. Early historical reference to the estate dates back almost 1500 years, and the winery today seeks to preserve its long, storied history through its classic winemaking style and prescience. Rich in history, the future of San Leonardo is also in capable hands of the son of the Marchesi, Anselmo, and the winemaking of legendary Carlo Ferrini. 

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Above: Dan Redman of Mosaic Wine Group with the Marquis Carlo Guerrieri-Gonzaga and his dog Barrique of Tenuta San Leonardo.

The estate is over 300 hectares (approximately 750 acres), situated in the Dolomite Mountains of Trentino. The flagship wine of the estate is San Leonardo, a Bordeaux-blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, made only in the finest vintages. The second wine of the estate is a Merlot-based wine, called Villa Gresti, which also includes a small percentage Carmenere.

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Above: Vineyards of Tenuta San Leonardo in the Dolomite Alps.

Visiting Tenuta San Leonardo on a crisp spring day, one can see and feel the history of the family, meticulously maintained by the family stewards — the pristine vineyards, manicured lawns and gardens; the immaculate estate house; the incredible wine cellar, historical museum and chapel. Pictures cannot express the beauty of this estate.

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Above: Team Texas (Alfonso Cevola, Jeremy Parzen, Josh Loving, Joseph Kemble, and Joe Piccola) walking the estate of Tenuta San Leonardo.

The wines of Tenuta San Leonardo have received legendary status — receiving the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glass) award from Gambero Rosso consistently in almost every vintage over the past 12 years. On this visit, we tasted through three vintages of San Leonardo — 2003, 2004 and a library bottling from 1996, as well as the 2004 Villa Gresti. Stunning wines that exhibit classic bordelaise structure, with elegance, restrain and incredible structure and depth. The ’96 San Leonardo, from a challenging vintage, showed power and precision with complex flavors and aromas — drinking perfectly after 13 years.

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Above: The Villa at San Leonardo.

The wines of Tenuta San Leonardo are classic wines that will rival any of the best Bordeaux blends from anywhere in the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to visit this historic estate of Italy and thank the Marchesi for hosting our group and showing his incredible hospitality.

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Above: Marquis Carlo Guerrieri-Gonzaga riding his circa 1940s U.S. military motorcycle.

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For more information on Tenuta San Leonardo, please visit www.sanleonardo.it.