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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  • Pazo Cilleiro Albariño Rias Baixas Denominación de Origen 2015

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    silky, buttery chardonnay-like nose. mid body grassy-citrus pomelo taste, sourish aftertaste. Nice but I expected more from 15$ wine... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • This arrived, today, from Last Bottle's August MarathonTenuta Buon Tempo ... Sauvignon BlancMar de Vinas AlbarinoHalcon PradoEnkidu OV ZinfandelStark Kick Ranch SyrahWhetsone Jon Boat PNHiller Wine & Queen Gruner VeltlinerStark Barbera Damiano VineyardChehalem Three Vineyard RieslingMost of the whites will be going to the catsitter--and with m... Read More

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  • A nice, pleasant Rias Baixias albarino.  There's lemon pith on the nose.  On the tongue there's more lemon, a touch of pink grapefruit, medium plus acidity and a medium finish.  Quite excellent QPR, this could easily turn into a daily summer cellar defender. Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... whites -- Viognier, Albarino, Chenin Blanc and Roussanne among them. And for the beer aficionado Paso Robles is home to the famed Firestone Walker Brewing Company, as well as a new crop of distillers that make their very own gin.Amy Corron PowerAnother Wine ... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • Lets start with Friday - after a less than fun week at workCaught up with ... ... we drank the followingThe albarino wass a very nice fresh white and worked well with the Tapas and the Douro was not bad - both a step down from the first 2 but still excellent food wines and very enjoyableA quick glass of Pinot back at East End to finish a pleas... Read More

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  • Altos de Torona Rosal Triple Varietal 2015

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    A blend of three grape varieties: Albarino, Caino, and Loureiro. Very pretty clear golden color. Fairly floral nose. Very light and crisp. Light stone fruit on entry. Super tart. Very simple wine. Good for summer sipping with only the lightest of meals. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Have you ever tasted ten wines in sixty minutes? In my experience this is one of the best ways to get a crash course in a grape or region. You’ll come away with a wealth of understanding and ready to learn even more. I shared this kind of tasting experience with Advanced Sommelier Jill Zimorski plus several hundred wine writers and wine lovers d... Read More

    From the article A Journey to the Heart of Rias Baixas


  • Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio Albarino 2015

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    Remarkably bright golden color. Suggestion of citrus on the nose. The wine starts off with an unfortunate chemical taste, but that whatever that was, it blows off after a few minutes. Lots of acidic fruit flavorscitrus, tropical. Some mineral hints. But now Im getting a metallic thing on the back edges of my tongue. OK wine, but not one th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño Rías Baixas 2015

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    Light refreshing mineral notes of lemongrass and lemon zest with a hint of mint and white pepper. Generous flavors of ripe peach, melon, persimmon and lemon on the palate with a perky acidity and a hint of effervescence through the midpalate. Finishes light but long with a nice creaminess and more mineral salinity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia de San Campio 2015

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    Rich minerality, sea foam and tart lemon aromas open for this on the nose with a lightly floral white blossom note and a hint of peach. This is zesty and bold on the palate particularly on entry with bright pink grapefruit and lemonade notes, a full acidity and touches of melon with a creamy texture towards the finish that holds on for quite a w... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009


  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977


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