Libations: Winter White

If you are dashing through the snow—or in my case, the sunshine—here is a last minute wine to add to your holiday menu: a sumptuous Italian Fiano.

Surprise your guests by not serving Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, or Sauvignon Blanc. Unfamiliar with Fiano ? The grape is a re-discovered ancient varietal from southern Italy. Here is what the winery says about it:

 

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From the legend of Acanto, a Greek nymph changed into a flower after refusing Apollo’s advances.

This pure Fiano is fermented in steel at a low temperature for a fortnight in order to preserve the aromatic characteristics and is then left to age on its own yeasts to enrich the mineral notes and flavour.

This is a balanced wine that unfolds in the nose with intense perfumes of fruit and honey and a fresh lively taste with a smooth finish of toasted hazelnut. Served thoroughly cooled, it is ideal with hors d’oeuvres, seafood salads, rice, crustaceans, grilled fish and fresh cheeses.

Monaci currently on sale (here); another Fiano I love (here); a new Fiano I haven’t tried (yet) (here). Youtube video (here)

 

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