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Matervitae i Classici Fiano 2016
Puglia IGT, Italy

It Should Happen to You (1954)
Sunday, July 23 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

This comic gem from director George Cukor stars Judy Holliday as an unknown who, in an attempt to become famous, puts her name on a New York City billboard. Her boyfriend (Jack Lemmon, in his debut role) is less than amused when she is romanced by rich media exec Peter Lawford. The ever-vibrant Holliday is the perfect screen presence for this luscious wine: fresh, bright and full of citrusy acidity.

THE WINE

Crisp, citrusy Pinot Grigio may be the star grape in northern Italy, but down south in Puglia – the sunny ‘heel’ of the boot – up-and-coming whites like Fiano take center stage. (And for good reason, as you’ll taste here.) The inaugural vintage of this top-estate beauty, whose name means ‘the mother vine,’ was released to gold medals in Germany and Canada, along with kudos from Decanter: “Honey, pineapple, pear drops, candied fruit and citrusy acidity leave the mouth fresh and bright.” The just-landed 2016 vintage is every bit as luscious – tell us what you think!

THE ESTATE

Torrevento sits on the site of an 18th-century farm and monastery, just outside the old region of Torre del Vento (‘wind’s tower’). It’s run by the Liantonio family, who’ve produced wines using time-honored, traditional methods since 1948. They’re one of the most recognized names in Puglia, and have built their top reputation by specializing in the region’s indigenous grapes like Nero di Troia (the grape behind their best-selling Vigna Pedale) and Fiano.

THE REGION

Rumored to be one of Pliny the Elder’s viti apiane (so named because the sweet fruit is particularly attractive to bees), Fiano has grown in southern Italy for centuries, but it really thrives in the sun-drenched, volcanic soils of Campania, Puglia and Basilicata. Most famously, it makes Campania’s Fiano di Avellino, though you’ll find similar nutty, honeyed-pear notes in other top expressions, like this.

WITH FOOD

Fiano is a fine pairing for classic roast chicken with vegetables, pork medallions or salmon steaks with a creamy dill sauce. But its floral, nutty characters give it an edge with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes too. Falafel with lentils, chicken shawarma or masgouf (an Iraqi fish dish with tomatoes, curry, garlic and lime) would all be delicious picks here.

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