Albariño

Common synonyms: Alvariñho, Albarin Blanco, Cainho Branco, Albariña, Azal Blanco, Galego, Galeguinho

Parentage of the grape: Two theories: 1. Riesling 2. Petit Manseng, possibly just indigenous to Galicia
 
History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Riesling or Petit Manseng, to Galicia sometime in the 12th or 13th century and created the Albariño clone. Obviously, if the grape is proven to be indigenous to Spain, that blows that theory out of the water. Regardless, it became the mainstay grape of Rias Baixas in Galicia, and is also a popular white under its local names in Portugal. The grape is late to the party in the New World, and didn’t make the migration till the last part of the 20th century. 
 
There has been some controversy as to the authenticity of the grape in Australia. In 2009, DNA evidence proved that in most fields, what was thought to be Albariño is in fact a Read more »

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  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... varieties.  Oh, and an Albarino. Mentioned elsewhere that I had a Charbono from Kachina.  And we had the Oscura Schioppettino at Holdredge, which was my wife's wine of the weekend and, if we were not strapped while we begin construction, we would have bought on future... Read More

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  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't ... ... funny that you mentioned Albarino, v v.  This weekend we visited with some friends and "tasted" Spanish wines--whites from Rias Baixas (i.e., Albarinos) and reds from Rioja.  I quoted the word "tasted" becasuse, really, this annual evening is about the alcohol buzz more t... Read More

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  • Cool OT, but I would have brought some back-up. Too many unpredictables. ... ... ... WTF?I want to try that Albarino thoug Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some stellar and others not so stellar wines. I even ventured outside Sonoma just for you Al.Started with bubbles.Bubbles done right. This was a very enjoyable starter. New ultra-hip label. Left me kind of torn. The Gimonnet was in a different league. This reminded me of the Und... Read More

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  • So for Spanish wine drinkers, Albarino is fairly common, more so in the Rias Baixas region where it is the main grape. Not so common for California wine growers as albarino covers less than 200 acres, mainly in the central coast and Lodi. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon ... Read More

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  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2013

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    Excellent albarino from Rias Baixas Spain. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon cream, orange peel, a touch of baking spice, and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Nora 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Pardevalles Albarin Blanco 2013

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    Super crisp and vibrant. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • "Albarino--Originally brought to Iberia n the 12th century by Benedictine monks from Cluny Abbey." Want to guess who made the single largest donation to Cluny in its history, Mark? Read More

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  • I love the albaino grape-based wines. In particular, Marques de Vizhoja. The problem is I could never purchase it in Connecticut, and now it is no longer available in New York.

    Comment by 1007643Jeff1052 1007643 Jeff1052


  • Galicia - Northwest of Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means around 2000 years of wine tradition! It...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009


  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977


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