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

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

  • Portugal

      Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some o...

  • Rías Baixas

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

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Edna Valley

      The Edna Valley AVA is located within San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast...

  • Blanco County

      Blanco County is a wine-producing area within Texas Hill Country. It’s become quite the to...

  • Galicia

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

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  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

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    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

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Albariño on Snooth

  • Diluvio Albarino Rias Baixas Bodegas Abanico 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hey Aura,I am actually now the newest Snoothling I think (my term, so ... ... also try an wine called Albarino from Spain, which you can find at many tapas restaurants and at a decent wine shop.  Typically cheap, it can be great with food, and is another fairly crisp variety.  The only thing you need to watch for is that it can be slightly too... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I haven't made an appearance on this thread for awhile, so I thought ... ... about and picked a mid range Albarino from Rias Baixas (Terras Gauda O Rosal, 2009). Might also try a rose for comparison sake since I already have one open (a Malbec rose from Australia - Zorcal 2011). Who knows what will happen?! I sure as heck don't, but the experi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 1277765JenniferT 1277765 JenniferT


  • Hi Snooth. I just joined. Hope to learn more about wines. Aura Read More

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  • Vanidade Albarino 2011

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    Ok, ok.... I actually bought a few bottles of this wine because of.... forgive ... it! And I was fresh out of Albarino at home so this filled that lonely space in my cellar. Well, in my opinion, this venture paid off and I feel I got more than my moneys worth with this wine. In my glass, day bright yellow and a clear rim. The nose had an essen... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Albariño Rias Baixas DOC 2011

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    Wine review by jennibartels


  • Burgans Albariño Rías Baixas Rias Baixas 2011

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    Really pretty clear pale yellow in the glass. Fairly floral nose. Crisp but fruity on initial taste--some citrus, some stone fruit, some tropical fruit. Nice acid tartness provides the crispness. An easy drinker. US$9.35 at Total WIne Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Boy, good luck.  I have had Txakoli only twice in my life.  Last ... ... that might be similar.  Albarino, for example, is not really similar to Txakoli (It is much fruitier.), but it is from the nearby Rias Baixas region.  However, the thing that Albarino has going for it is that it is pretty easy to find in the U.S.  You can even find it in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Txomin Etxaniz-Txacoli (chacoli) Estoy estudiando la lengua de español este año. I'm in my second semester and I'm going to audit a Spanish conversation and phonetics class to help me get ready for a trip to Spain in 2016. I will be in the Basque country and would like to try this wine from that region NOW to pair with some Spanish cooking. Does... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Do Ferreiro Mendez Albarino Rias Baixas Cepas Vellas 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • 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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