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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Spain

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  • Portugal

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  • Rioja

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  • Edna Valley

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  • Galicia

    Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Oc...

  • Rías Baixas

      This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. ...

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Albariño on Snooth

  • Jacqueline Bahue Albarino Gomes Vineyard California 2013

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    Although grown in California, this Albarino is almost as good as the Spanish ones that I have had. Some lemon notes. not too dry. A medium finish. Went perfectly with tuna. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Jacqueline Bahue Albarino Gomes Vineyard California 2013

    Snoothrank:

    A recent purchase from Naked Wines.Pretty good. Had not had an Albarino before, seems much like a Sauvignon Blanc, which is not one of my favorite wine types, however this one seems a bit more creamy than a typical SB. Light, crisp, peach/apricot, a bit of lime.I had this with a Crab Leg Omelette, which I found to be a nice pairing. Glad I bough... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Ferreiro 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino  |  4 in stock  |  $19.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1937 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $119.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Banyuls   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 ... Read More

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  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2012

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    Floral on the nose, nice acidity but a bit too bitter on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Thank you for the Albarino/Pierce V. reco (the terroir looks very interesting there)...huge fan of Albarino! That and Gruner Veltliner are 2 of my summertime faves...well, and a boat load of rose' and rose' sparkling, of course. Like you, I'm also a fan of wines from the Sonoma area...and wow, I just tried three hard cider beauties from Sonoma C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs


  • Oy.. Julia.. funny thing.  When I started on Snooth back in 2009, I was ... abroad...You mentioned an Albarino in your blog.. I love Albarino, and would recommend, here in CA, Pierce Ranch for Albarino, as well as other Spanish varietals.  http://www.piercevineyards.com/wines.htmlIf you head down to CA, let me know.. I have lots to recommend :... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs


  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's 500 days until retirement tonight.  It ... ... a glass of white wine (Albarino) and a dozen oysters; the second was a sherry bar called "Mockingbird Hill" where we enjoyed several sherries and some charcuterie.  The third and final restaurant was a whiskey bar called "Southern Efficiency" where we had a few flig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Hello All,We're traveling from Portland to Napa along the Oregon Coast. Would love your recommendations for:1.  An exceptional vineyard tasting room near McMinnville.2. An association or coop, or other tasting facility that represents numerous Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, again near McMinnville.Thanks very much, Carbonunit1 Read More

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  • Wanted to add... Lodi, IMO, is meant for whites.  Rhone whites.  ... ... Harney Lane made a decent Albarino that I used to enjoy. The hidden gem is Acquiesce winery, which ONLY does white rhone varietals/blends.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • 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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