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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  • Rioja

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

  • California

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

  • Portugal

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

  • Spain

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

  • Vinho Verde

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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

  • Moraima Albariño 2012

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    Wine review by adegamoraima


  • ET - I noticed.  Did you see the reco to use Internet Explorer for your ... ... one out. I bet that Albarino was tasty... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • There is a winery in Mt Vernon that makes a beautiful St. Vincent, and Seyval ... ... Summery, Spanish wines (Albarino, Tempranillo) and I am also interested in dry Riesling varietals. My husband I have done several reidal tastings, and picked up the vinum line,  and now I find drinking wine out of a bad glass to be pretty disappointing:(  My... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I live in...


  • I am always interested in learning more about wine and enjoy talking to vintners, sommeliers, and fellow winos.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I live in...


  • With the white wines of Italy fresh on my mind, I’ve turned and asked my ... ... It’s almost all Albarino all of the time. So I decided to do a little blending. I’m presenting a few opinions are new regions to be discovered but at the same time am also including recommendations for Albarino! You may wonder why but the simple truth is that man... Read More

    From the article Secret Whites for Summer


  • Welcome.  Nice to have a voice from California wine country outside the ... California mainstream, like Albarino.  I also really like the wines of Easton/Domaine de la Terre Rouge (zin under the former label, Rhone grapes under the latter) up in Plymouth.  Very good wines and, again, reasonable prices.  I'm trying to plan a trip up that way to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Cripes.I just read my post from last month. Wonder what I was having that ... ... ... or Merlot or Gamay or Albarino?Moreover, if you take a big, ripe, fruity wine and acidify the hell out of it, does it magically become a "food wine"? That would make lots of Australian wines "food wines", which I think they are anyway.Don't forget, in Burgun... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...


  • Hello,I have enjoyed wine for many years casually, but I now want to take it up a notch with and improve my palette and knowledge of wine. I enjoy wine tasting in the Sacramento region of California and prefer red wines, but whites are good too in the summer. Unfortunately I don't have very many friends who share my enthusiasm with wine, but I h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I just bought a case of 2013 Pierce Ranch, San Antonio Valley Albarino.  This vintage is fantastic- was at the tasting room a few days ago, and was wowed.  Excellent acidity on this vintage, and notes of apple and citrus.  Since today happens, coincidentally, to be International Albarino Day, I think I will have one tonight. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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


  • 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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