Fiano

Common synonyms: Apiana, Apiano, Fiana, Fiano di Avellino, Fiore Mendillo, Foiano, Latina Bianca, Latina Bianca di Barletta, Latino, Latino Bianco, Minutola, Minutolo, and Santa Sofia

Parentage of the grape: Unknown

History of the grape: Fiano hails from Campania, where much of Italy’s viticultural heritage remains preserved. The Romans used this grape to make a wine called Apianum high in the forested hills around the town of Avellino. Though Fiano is grown throughout the area, all the way down to the coast, these hills are still where the best Fiano comes from. Indeed, people say that those woods are the source of Fiano’s distinctive wild, piney, herbaceous flavor. In 1980, the area was hit by an earthquake, which destroyed its quaint, medieval wine towns. They still make wine from this ancient variety, however. Some producers have attempted to age Fiano in new oak, but most agree that it is too delicate for this treatment.

Characteristics of the grape: piney, herbaceous, with Read more »

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  • Not to mention words to live by...I also find Italian whites a little bitter, ... bitter, ... Falanghina and Fiano are available more widely than most, Liveli is a bit brand for Fiano from Puglia and a go-to on my list.I tried that Sonoma-Loeb on your recommendation and it was "not among the best wines I've ever had" but I absolutely finished... Read More

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  • NG, anything that is drinkable at that price is a deal.  But these days ... you can score whites from Fiano, Falanghina and a host of native white grapes for not a ton.GregT, thanks for the info on Gypsy.  Sadly, a lot of TJ wines are just Wine Group or Bronco junk these days.  There's certainly a place for the blenders and negociants at the t... Read More

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  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... find whites (Liveli's Fiano from Puglia, various Falanghinas), Chiantis or similar, A Mano Primitivo, and quite a few others under $20 that are tasty. Spanish:  CVNA makes a Crianza that's under $15 that's really good for the cash, and there's a ton of other Crianza... Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... (not skin-fermented), 2014 Fiano Russian River Valley "sous-voile"Campesino Cellars - Red Rhones - 2ea 2013 Grenache (Sonoma Valley), 2013 Baybos (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre), 2013 Syrah (Sonoma Coast)You'll enjoy the EMH. What vintages did you snag? I have '05, '0... Read More

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  • Dunc, we've heard that in Blighty you have to boil the vegetables for much ... ... of any sort, falanghina, fiano... DVogler should be drinking more whites, and so should I. Ciguatera sounds horrible.  Remind me to steer clear of big reef fish. I always thought grunion runs were just and excuse to get a girl out at night in So Cal, but they ar... Read More

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  • Going back to the Lingcod story I hinted at in the other thread, here's how that went...I just remember trying Lingcod years ago at some place like King's fish house, and then never seeing it again. I'd even read fish reports in the newspaper and hardly see any caught except sometimes a few in Oxnard, etc. Seems like they are mostly caught off o... Read More

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  • Great story, JD!VV, here's how it usually works, as people who have been ... ... match it.  But that Fiano is a standby, goes well with almost anything, so I got that, and the Pinot Blanc is just something I'm trying to do more of--I feel kind of light on my Alsace experience (and my German Riesling, to be honest). So right now I buy to match ... Read More

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  • Buehler is a pretty good deal.  Recently had a bunch of it for around $15 ... Blanc from Alsace, a Liveli Fiano from Puglia--a frequent rebuy for me--were the whites.  I needed a Syrah (really, I did!) for some lamb this week, so I bought a 2011 Tallulah Bald Mountain at the insane price of $18--over half off list.  I needed some Barbera, so t... Read More

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  • LuckyLucy, well done!Yesterday was a busy one for us. We had 5 different events ... a Chardonnay, Vermentino, Fiano, Pinot Noir, Cab Franc and Carignane. Tasty wines, tasty food. Ran in into Bob Cabral and chatted for a few minutes. Still don't understand why he would give up the dream job in the RRV to pursue his own project at his age. To eac... Read More

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