I have finally arrived back to sunny Los Angeles after a two week tour of Campania, Basilicata, Sicilia and Sardinia. It was an amazing trip that convinced me that I have to spend more time in Italy - there is so much to see, drink and eat! Every time I go to Italy I discover something new, exciting and unexpected. This trip was perhaps the most fruitful yet, as previous notions of Italian wine were shattered on the second day! Many people discount the white wines of Italy as simple, quafable, or just refreshing, (not a bad thing) but a bit of a back-handed compliment. Not that I have ever thought that Italian white wines were less than stellar, but my experience with aged whites from Italy has been limited to Valentini, Emidio Pepe, Gravner, or Gaja (prohibitively expensive). Today, I am here to tell you that Fiano, especially those from the appellation of Avellino need to be consideded in the same breath as great Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.