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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  • EM - So what was the 2011 Merlot?  That Chardonnay looks tasty to me. ... ... ... V - We almost had an Albarino tonight, as there was one in my rack but alas it was not chilled.  I elected to grab a Spanish bottle out of our fridge because we were celebrating Sandra's fathers (Bob) birthday (89) this evening, and well - you need to drink some... Read More

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  • OK Mark, haven't had a Ceritas but have heard very nice things about the ... ... this with a Rias Baixas Albarino. Life is good on the East Coast as wel Read More

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  • NICE!   I love Pierce Ranch, and if anyone is local, go ck out their ... migraines :-(  Their Albarino is my fav Albarino I've tasted so far. I have been frequenting Pierce Ranch for ~4yrs now.   This is the 2013, which I think was their best showing... perfect acidity, complexity present and accounted for.  I also bought an equal amount of th... Read More

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  • We’ve all been there. You’re shown to your table. You’re ... ... ... of Spain’s white Albarino grape from Rias Baixas ($30 for 500 ml. carafe), to California’s Santa Barbara vineyards for a very quaffable Pinot Noir ($40 for 500 ml. carafe). Bravo.Another welcome move away from the traditional but so often confusing ‘wine by country’ are ‘win... Read More

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  • Carlos Rodriguez Albarino 2013


    Had this after finishing off a lightly oaked Chardonnay... this Albarino had the most amazing cola, vanilla, and nutmeg spice notes that dominated the nose. A light burnished gold color in the glass, almost syrup looking. A very silky and full mouthfeel, with bracing acidity and long finish with notes of cherry, strawberry, and lime. Really rat... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Fefinanes Albarino 2010


    Fruit and minerals in perfect mix! Read More

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  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... Bokisch Terra Alta Vineyard Albarino.  *Editors Note: The Lodi Native tasting that Frank references was one of the trip's highlights, to be sure. The Lodi Natives Project is all about a group of winemakers who came together and made a pact: Each winemaker selects a viney... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future

  • Licia Albariño Rías Baixas Licia 2011


    Update - May 2015: I just had this wine again at Chop Shop in Chelsea (Manhattan, not London) with a vegetarian Thai curry. Great value and nice pairing! Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida

  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... ... got Tempranillo, Albarino and Graciano growing in their backyard. That sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? But it’s true! They also grow vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, and white and purple potatoes. Add a dog, cat, and happy group of egg-laying hens into ... Read More

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  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page: tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

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