Wine Tasting at Mascalzone Houston January 29

Wine Tasting at Mascalzone Houston January 29

It’s been almost three months since our last Wine Tasting Event at Houston Mascalzone.

The festive period brought a variation of food and wine tasting. Now the Christmas Party Season is over and the New Year is well under way.

Mascalzone are now planning a new round of events to look forward to in 2019!

Carry on reading to find out more and to see how you can get involved!

FIRST Wine Tasting EVENT of 2019 AT Houston Mascalzone

The first big event in the Mascalzone calendar will be the inaugural Wine Tasting Event of 2019 on January 29th.

Last year Mascalzone hosted presentations from the Cantine Tennazzi and Bellaria Wineries as well as Alarich Wines and Impero Distributors.

All of these Wine Evenings have proved popular among Mascalzone’s Houston clientele. This is thanks to the great wines on display and at least in part to the variety of formats to each evening.

Among previous events was a selection of Wine and Food Pairings, including four course dinners, to Wine and Olive Tasting in commemoration of Mascalzone Restaurant’s Four Year Anniversary, to even a Wine and Chocolate Pairing Evening!

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Wine Tasting at Mascalzone on January 29th, hosted by reps from the Moscone Winery, Italy

The popularity of the Wine Tasting Events at Mascalzone marks a definite and growing interest in fine wines in the Houston region.

Since Mascalzone opened their Houston branch in 2014, there has been an increase in the number of Wine Bars in the Downtown and Westheimer areas of the city.

All of Mascalzone’s Wine Evenings have been well subscribed and above all tremendous fun to take part in thanks to an enthusiastic crowd eager to taste and learn more about the Wines on display!

Join Us for Wine Tasting on January 29

About the Moscone Winery

Following on from the success of last year’s Wine Tasting Events, Mascalzone are excited to invite the Moscone Winery to host and present our upcoming January Event.

The Moscone Winery is run by the Fratelli Moscone. The tradition of Wine Making in the Moscone Family dates back to the end of the 19th Century.

Currently they own and maintain 18 hectares of vineyards in some of the most outstanding Wine Producing areas of Monforte d’Alba, Piemonte in Northern Italy.

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The Moscone vineyards are located among some of the most outstanding Wine Producing areas int the World

Close in terms of latitude to the not too distant wine producing region of Bordeaux, only summertime temperatures in Piemonte are similar. The Piemonte wine region has a colder, continental winter climate, and significantly less rainfall thanks to the rain shadow effect of the Alps. 

Vineyards are typically planted on hillsides with medium altitudes of between 490–1150 ft (150-400 metre).

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South facing slopes around Montforte d’Alba present ideal nurturing conditions for grapes such as the Nebbiolo or Barber

The warmer, south facing slopes present ideal nurturing conditions for grapes such as the Nebbiolo or Barbera while the cooler sites are planted with Dolcetto or Moscato.

This is a region that is home to some of the world’s – not just Italy’s – most celebrated wines.

Among those World Renowned Italian Wines are examples produced by the Moscone Winery.

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Wine-making is performed in two characteristic Langa farms where traditional and innovative wine refining methods are brought together

The unique growing conditions and peculiar exposure of the Monforte d’Alba vineyards reaches make this winery’s output exceptional. Wine-making and fining are performed in two characteristic Langa farms, where tradition and innovation are firmly bound together.

Blending both elegance and character the Moscone wines are the culmination of both centuries of skilful wine-making techniques knowledge and the newest winery facilities.

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Moscone wines are the culmination of both centuries of skilful wine-making techniques, knowledge and the newest winery facilities

The Fratelli Moscone are, to add to this, supported by the expertise of Dr. Donato Lanati. Lanati is a consultant, and teacher of Oenological Technology at Turin University. Lanati Founded the distinguished wine making and research centre Enosis Meraviglia.

Along with Lanati the Moscone Winery have established an innovative and appealing line of Wines, that represent a selection derived from indigenous grapes and vinified by the winemakers themselves.

About the Wines on Display

There will be four wines from the Moscone Collection on display at this event. 

These will include:

Moscone Barolo
wine tasting houston mascalzone italian restaurant and cateringBarolo has a reputation as the “King of Wines.” Few wines can match its sensuality, elegance and power.It’s a wine for the colder Winter months and is a favourite for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Traditionally highly tannic and requiring years for the tannins to soften sufficiently, modern winemaking techniques and practises have allowed Barolos to be drunk a little younger. This 2012 vintage, a fine year for Barolo, is drinking well now.

Other red wines on the program will be the Barbera d’Alba and Nebbiolo and one other White Wine:

About Roero Arneis
wine tasting houston mascalzone italian restaurant and cateringProduced from Arneis grapes grown in vineyards of the Roero area. Four months of fining offer the ideal balance and a longer life expectancy. The wine is additionally refined in the bottle for another month before release.

Arneis Vines grow on dry Roero sandstones, next to the Tanaro river. Soils are typically light and permeable, rich in sand with some thin marl layers.

To the palate it is fresh, mineral, savoury, harmonious and herbaceous with a lingering bitterish aftertaste.


Mascalzone are currently taking bookings for the January Wine Tasting Evening on the 29th. Events are usually well subscribed so don’t forget to book early!

Follow the link below to reserve your place:

Join Us for Wine Tasting on January 29

Author: Toto Mascalzone

Toto Mascalzone is event and marketing manager at Mascalzone restaurant. He is an Italian wine writer and educator, blogger, and food and wine enthusiast currently living in London. He is author of the wine and lifestyle blog, and was a co-editor, together with Italian wine writer a blog devoted to news from the world of Italian wine.

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