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Getting to Know Fiano Wine

Is 2020 feeling a little stale? If you can’t change your scenery, at least start with the wine! We’re introducing you to a supposed ancient varietal this wine Wednesday that will provide a refreshing change from the usual. Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present – FIANO!


MARCHESE DI BORGOSOLE FIANO

COST – $12.99

GRAPE – Fiano

COUNTRY – Italy

REGION – Apulia

TASTING NOTES – A medium-bodied and dry wine with notes of apple, peach, and tart grapefruit

TALES FROM A TASTING

Fiano is a white Italian grape mostly grown in the southern regions of Campania and Sicily. Many claim this rare little berry’s (yes, grapes are technically berries) roots are solidly planted in ancient soil. Not only the Romans but maybe even the Greeks. 

Others claim that’s a well-received marketing ploy based on the belief that Fiano was cultivated from the Roman Apianum wine in Italy’s Avellino region. Who wouldn’t want to feel like they are sipping the same wine as Ceasar and his “friends.”

The logic behind the connection is drawn from the fact that the name Apianum comes from the Latin word bee. This suggests that the Romans had problems with bees in the vineyards. Fiano, which has a very sweet pulp, also attracts a lot of bees. That does seem like a bit of a leap. Can we get a DNA test up in here or what? 

Regardless of the origin, Fiano was a low-yielding grape that fought a worthy fight to end up in the present-day wine selection with the help of modern-day wine production. I happened upon Fiano wine within the seemingly endless options at Total Wine. Three things attracted me to the bottle; the creative packaging, a new grape to try, and the price tag of $12.99. The packaging was compliments of the Marchese Di Borgosole vineyard. Check out the cute little rope that adds a bit of “flair” to the bottle. 

https://www.totalwine.com/wine/white-wine/fiano/marchese-di-borgosole-fiano-puglia-igt/p/228119750
 
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Fiano is a white wine that can benefit from hanging out in the cellar for a bit. Just don’t let it mature too much; three to five years would be reasonable. But, remember, it’s also great right out of the bottle.
In the glass, this Fiano has a very pale straw color. I found it a little tart, but also fruity with a bit of nut undertone. The acidity left a refreshing feel on my palate. This rich and fruity combination means it can stand up again well-seasoned foods. But, I also think it would make an excellent aperitif.
Given Fiano can stand up to well-seasoned dishes, I paired it with my homemade white chicken chili. I really loved how my friend Fiano helped the coriander seeds to “pop” out of the chili and onto my tongue.

I hope we inspired you to try something new!

Until Next Time – Cheers & Bottoms Up!

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