This is how my latest Robert Camuto Meets…. column begins :
About 20 miles south of Naples last spring as I sipped chilled white wine before lunch, the thought hit me: Fiano must be the greatest white wine of Italy. Was I intoxicated by the Mediterranean view and a moment of la dolce vita? Maybe….
Fact is, Fiano is a crazy chameleon of a grape and wine that shows so many different faces and flavors depending on time and place.
At the end of last fall, I visited some great producers in Fiano’s home in the interior of Campania around Avellino.
In a pair of columns this month, I’ll explore all manner of Fianos : fresh, deep aged, mineral-driven and sparkling. Come along for the ride starting today at winespectator.com