Tag Archives: Vias

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.


Anticipation: fried calamari and Soave by the glass


Above: 2007 Soave Classico by Suavia by the the glass and fried calamari at Siena Ristorante Toscano in Austin.

Girl: Sorry you had to wait!

Boy: I’m not…

San Antonio celebrates the Southern Italian Wines of Vias Imports

Here are some highlights from last Saturday night’s Wines of Southern Italy dinner proudly presented by Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, Vias Wines, and Mosaic Wine Group…


Fiano d’Avellino Terredora (Campania)
Greco di Tufo Terredora (Campania)
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cataldi Madonna (Abruzzo)
Primitivo Cantele (Puglia)
Sicilia Rosso Colosi (Sicily)
Aglianico Terredora (Campania)

Guests at last Saturday night’s Southern Italian Wine dinner included Italian wine connoisseur Mary Green (seated right), San Antonio socialite and organizer of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (December 9-13, 2009, click link to find out more about how you can contribute).


Guests enjoyed a 5-course dinner prepared by chef and owner Joe Buonincontri, featuring classic Italian regional cuisine.


7 wines were served, including a Prosecco by Bisol (Veneto) as guests arrived and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by Cataldi Madonna (Abruzzo) and Sicilia Rosso by Colosi (Sicily) — the two big hits of the evening.


Mosaic Wine Group’s very own Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. spoke tableside about the wines and the pairings.


Chef Joe Buonincontri’s “cotoletta alla milanese,” Milanese-style breaded veal chop with potato croquette was the star of the evening!

Thank you, everyone, for coming! We’ll be announcing the date of “The Tuscan Wines of Vias Imports” at Luce shortly. So please stay tuned!

Mosaic celebrates Southern Italy and Vias Wines in San Antonio


Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd # 200
San Antonio TX 78230

Mosaic Wine Group proudly celebrates the wines of Southern Italy and the Vias portfolio on Saturday evening in San Antonio. Please join Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D of Mosaic Wine Group and owner and executive chef Joe Buonincontri of Luce for classic southern Italian cuisine and wine pairings, featuring southern gems of the Vias portfolio Terredora, Cantele, Colosi, and Cataldi Madonna.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
Saturday, May 30
7:30 p.m.
$75 per person (tax and tip included)

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

Please remember Abruzzo


Above: The province of Pescara in Abruzzo, photo by Alessio Occhiocupo.

Please remember the victims of the April earthquake in Abruzzo by drinking Abruzzo wines and visiting Abruzzo on your next trip to Italy. We at Mosaic Wine Group are very proud to represent the Cataldi Madonna winery (Abruzzo) in Texas.

Mosaic and Vias launch with Glazer’s Louisiana


Above: Mosaic Wine Group founder and jefe Dan Redman speaks to the 50+ person Glazer’s sales team.

It’s official: on Friday, February 27, Mosaic Wine Group and Vias launched their new partnership with Glazer’s Louisiana. Mosaic founder Dan Redman traveled last week to Louisiana to conduct a seminar on Italian wines and the Vias portfolio and lead a guided tasted of 6 wines, including Argiano’s superb 2006 NC (a Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese), the fresh 2007 Moscato d’Asti Scarpona by Marenco, and the killer 2003 Barolo by iconic Piedmontese producer Damilano.


Above: They love ’em some Mardi Gras down in Louisiana. The Glazer’s reception desk was still adorned with Mardi Gras festivity on Friday.

Also in attendance for the gathering of more than 50 sales team members were General Sales Manager Mark Stover, State Portfolio Manager Greg Meyer, Director of Sales Prestige On-Premise Wines Kevin Theard, Director of Sales Paramount Division John Skidmore, and Director of Sales Domaine & Estates Division Anthony Domingue.

Thank you Glazer’s Louisiana! Mosaic could not have received a warmer welcome. We look forward to bringing great Italian wine to the great state of Louisiana!

Kerner and garlic shrimp at Vino Vino in Austin


Above: A glass of 2007 Kerner by Abbazia di Novacella paired well last night with garlic shrimp at Vino Vino in Austin.

The Kerner grape was first “bred” in 1969 and by 2003, according to the Oxford Companion to Wine, it accounted for 5,000 hectares planted to vine in Germany. It is a cross between Riesling and a red variety, Trollinger, which is called Schiava Grossa in Italy.

The Abbazia di Novacella or Novacella Abbey is a 12-th century convent located in German-speaking Italy, the South Tyrol.


The success of Kerner can be ascribed to its dependable ripening and its large white berries. It is often compared to Reisling in its aromatic and flavor profile and it is generally vinified as a varietal (i.e., single grape) wine. The 2007 Kerner by Abbazia di Novacella is aromatic and crisp on the nose, with bright acidity and fresh fruit in the mouth. It was a perfect pairing for the garlicky shrimp at Vino Vino!

Trivia: Kerner is not named after the viticulturist who created it (Herold) but rather Justinus Kerner, a 19th-century German doctor and poet.