jamie goode's wine blog: A fine day for Fiano

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A fine day for Fiano

It has been one of those rare blue sky and sunshine days here in west London. The combination of heat, sunshine and Sunday puts everyone into a good mood. It would be the perfect day if we didn't have a chavvy fair on the green outside our house (incidentally, this is the same fair that was present when Google sent their streetview cameras down our road - key in tw134af as a postcode and you'll see it.)

I'm just back from a lovely walk on Hounslow Heath with RTL, and so now it's time for wine. Another cheapie tonight: Asda Extra Special Fiano 2007 Sicily, Italy. It was just 4 and it's really nice. Made by the Settesoli co-op, it's fresh, lemony, a bit peachy and has good acidity. It makes me think a bit of a ripe Riesling, but with added peach, pear and passionfruit richness. It's great to be able to get a wine with this sort of personality for just 4.

I think I'll shortly move on to a Manzanilla I have chilling in the fridge (it's the screwcapped one from Marks & Spencer, made by Williams and Humbert), and then later on, watching Match of the Day to see who's relegated, I'll treat myself to a bit of the Matusalem Oloroso from Gonzalez Byass, one of the greatest Sherries of all in my opinion.

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At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"chavvy", from a Man City fan!!!

At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

What does Extra Special mean? It sounds like a port designation. Do Asda bring out a "Plain Ol' Fiano" wine?

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'chavvy fair on the green outside our house '
The barbarians are at the door......
or maybe not, the houses look like workmans cottages so perhaps they came back for a visit?

At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One could argue that Feltham is chavvy full stop.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger David said...

I agree, the Fiano is an amazing supermarket find. Do you think the Asda and Tesco ones are the same? Both appear to be from the same co-op.
Keep up the good work !!


At 6:45 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

David, they're slightly different blends, all from the over-achieving Fiano co-op. Inycon is a brand that comes from the same co-op.

Doug, it's the premiumization of everything. I liked Division 1, the premiership is just wanky.


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