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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  • "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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  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... ... and Viognier), Spanish (Albarino and Tempranillo) and Italian (Barbera and Trebbianon) grape varieties.  In addition to these "Estate Grown" grapes, it appears that vint other varieties (e.g., PG, Primitivo and Zinfandel) from other areas.In the descriptions of the... Read More

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  • Jacqueline Bahue Albarino Gomes Vineyard California 2013

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    Solidly complex for the price. Buttery with a spicy finish. Paired well with chicken sausage. Read More

    Wine review by mallthus


  • Martin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino 2012

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Pazo Torrado Albarino Rias Baixas 2011

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    Honey, candied lemon peel and green apple aromas. Lemon rind on the palate with peach, pleasant acidity and a touch of yeasty toast on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... for about $12?  Or an Albarino?  Or a Tahbilk Marsanne, one of my few go-to Aussie wines?  Or a Fiano or Falanghina from Italy, which can regularly come in for $15?  (Reading DMcker's advice after first draft--great minds think alike.) Liveli makes a good Fiano that is p... Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Jacqueline Bahue Albarino Gomes Vineyard California 2013

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    Had this again the other day. Surprised how good this was. Great minerality of slate and wet concrete, good acidity, off dry. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years and is quite redolent of that familiar peach and ginger I remember - notwithstanding the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Producers that put their heart into more reasonable offerings certainly make me ... bunch of really nice whites (Albarino, Pinot Gris among them) for $20. Anything that lowers CA wine prices is, in my book, a good thing. Producers need to think differently if they don't want to be relegated to certain types of niches or ultimately bubbled out o... 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.

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  • 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...

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  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977


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