Written By Treve Ring Libations / White Wine Feb 25, 2011 MandraRossa Fiano 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSicily, Italy $16-20 available at select private liquor stores www.mandrarossa.comIn the midst of all this snow and frigid arctic air, let’s transport ourselves (mentally and tastefully) to a warm place. Sicily is one of the hottest wine regions in the world, the football to mainland Italy’s boot, surrounded by warm Mediterranean waters. Like the rest of Italy, the wine culture in Sicily is anchored on local, autochthonous grapes. The Fiano grape is said to have originated in southern Italy over two thousand years ago. Ancient Latins called the grape Vitis Apiana because the grapes were so sweet that they were a favourite of bees.I see what the bees were buzzing about. Golden in the glass, with alluring aromas of dried mango, honeyed lemon lozenge and overripe pineapple. The medium bodied palate is rich with pineapple, tropical flowers, peach, fresh bright lemon and minerals, and the spiced finish lingers. Boldly crisp, yet warmly elegant. If this can’t warm your spirits in this cold snap, keep drinking. Good value here, but drink now as it’s finished with a plastic cork. Pair with linguine with clams, or prawns or chicken with spiced carrot-mango sauce.MandaRossa is a co-op of over 100 growers, run by well-known and experienced Diego Planeta (of renowned Settesoli and Planeta wineries). Diego saw the huge potential of Sicily for fine wine production and poured molti resources into making this a modern and innovative, terroir-driven winery.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsMandraRossa Fiano 2008Ancient Latins called the Fiano grape Vitis Apiana because the grapes were so sweet that they were a favourite of bees. Golden in the glass, with alluring aromas of dried mango, honeyed lemon lozenge and overripe pineapple. The medium bodied palate is rich with pineapple, tropical flowers, peach, fresh bright lemon and minerals, and the spiced finish lingers. Boldly crisp, yet warmly elegant. Good value here.ItalyWhite WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.