Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH ANITA McPHER­SON

MAK­ING it past the short­est day of the year and be­gin­ning the count­down to spring has got to be a rea­son to cel­e­brate.

It doesn’t take long be­fore you begin to no­tice the sun shines more and it’s be­com­ing that lit­tle bit lighter on the drive home af­ter work.

It also makes me start to won­der what “the next big thing” will be, as far as warm weather and sea­sonal drink­ing is con­cerned in 2017.

Last year there were some won­der­ful and var­ied ver­sions of Rosé float­ing around, which still make for great day­time drink­ing, and Prosecco will al­ways be pop­u­lar, but this year I’m keep­ing my eye on Fiano.

Chris­mont Wines La Zona Fiano, a re­cent ad­di­tion to their range, is a fine ex­am­ple of the in­ter­est­ing and some­what lesser known Ital­ian va­ri­etal, made from fruit grown in Cheshunt.

It has a lightly golden colour and lively fruity aro­mas of melon and lemon­ade, with a hint of flo­ral flair.

The flavour is equally zesty with pear and tropical fruit and there’s a re­fresh­ingly min­eral acid­ity in the firmly dry fin­ish.

It’s a great choice with food, pair­ing well with white meats and seafood, and makes a great foil for rich and creamy cheeses.

I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend seek­ing out and sam­pling some of our lo­cally made Fianos.

But whether you take my ad­vice or not, is all Fiano by me.

Taste while en­joy­ing lunch at the cel­lar door in Cheshunt or go to www.chris­

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