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This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. The ocean brings a cool microclimate with lots of wet weather, yielding lush, green fields. 
 
It is known for producing Albariño, which is a dry, refreshing white wine with citrus and white stone fruit flavors, with a long, delightful floral finish. Some of these wines also have a light effervescence. The flavors are very versatile and can be paired with many Asian cuisines including sushi, as well as plenty of seafood and shellfish preparations, can take on a pesto, plus soups such as white gazpacho, cauliflower and even butternut squash. 
 
Rías Baixas is divided into five subzones:
 
*Val do Salnes: the coolest area just touching the coastline. Known for producing some of the best wines of the region on gradual slopes and valley floors of the Umia river.
*Condado do Tea: the area farthest from the Atlantic with higher temperatures, producing quality wines but with less acidity than the other subzones. 
*O Rosal: Slopes overlook the Mino river, close to neighboring Vinho Verde in Portugal.
*Soutomalor: The smallest subzone. Very cool and damp.
Ribera do Ulla: the newest subzone, added to the region in 2000, along the northern passages.
 
For a wine to be officially designated a Rías Baixas, it must contain at least 70% Albariño. Other grapes that may be incorporated into the blend are Treixadura, Torrontes, Caino Blanca and Loureiro. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Rías Baixas (ree-ahs-buy-shuss) is the most important Denomination of Origin (DO) in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain. The DO was formally established in 1988 and owes much of its acclaim to the white Albariño (al-ba-ree-nyo) grape, which has been elevated by many in Spain and abroad to cult status. For more information on the white wine from red hot Spain, visit www.riasbaixaswines.com.

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