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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  • Spain

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  • Portugal

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  • California

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

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  • Galicia

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  • Rías Baixas

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

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Albariño on Snooth

  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • Not having wine tonight, but wanted to comment on OTs and Emark's Albarino.  I am wondering if a subset of the bottles are undergoing a refermentation?  This caught my attention because I had a great bottle of crisp, perfect acidity chard the other day, and went back to buy more.  I bought quite a bit.  Opened another last night, and CRAP.. got ... Read More

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  • Nice examples here!  And GregT takes the prize for his massive collection. ... other whites (sauv blanc, Albarino, Viognier, Torrontes, Rhone white blends) and 5% sparklers and dessert wines (port/muscat/late harvest).&nbs Read More

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  • Abrente Napa Valley Albarino 2013


    Fairly fruity and floral nose--melon and fruit blossoms--makes me think a bit of Viognier or something like that. Not terribly flavorful entry. It's not until the wine moves to mid-palate/tongue that I first detect some mineral flavors and then various fruit flavors--melon, peach--and then some serious tartness. A very light wine that is very... Read More

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  • I thought the Albarino was quite good, OT.  Interestingly flavors did not immediately emerge on introduction to the tongue/palate.  In fact, at first it seemed watery.  Then as it moved towards the back and edges of the tongue I detected a mineral hint then some fruit, maybe, green apple,and the very refreshing tartness.  I looked for effervesce... Read More

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  • Last night: Certainly an easy drinker, but, still, not the transcendent ... Havens (first producer of Albarino in the New World), and the grapes were grown at the Stewart Ranch in Napa Carneros.  I guess I have to admire Mr. Stewart for planting Albarino in what is more commonly Chardonnay territory.  Chardonnay would probably make him a lot m... Read More

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  • The nice thing about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is much less expensive than ... ... From north Spain, try Albarino - it also comes in several iterations but typically has a very crisp quality and it's rarely put in oak. Verdejo is somewhat similar to Sauvignon Blanc although never as green. Macabeo is produced in several regions and if you ca... Read More

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  • Hi there!I'm very excited to learn about Snooth learning from all of you.  I have a real love for wine (and cheese!)- food in general.  Reds are my favorite- particularly Cabs, Cab Francs, Malbecs, Tempranillos....I've had to be very choosy when I drink them for a long while now because of migraines.In the summer I like whites.  I live in Atlant... Read More

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  • Seattle Food Truck. aka Maximus Minimus I'll go with some Albarino from Northern Spain to pair with those dishes. Read More

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  • Since in another thread we've been getting sillier and sillier, I thought I'd bring some spillover into a new thread.What wine goes in the location shown below? My first choice would be something else (margaritas; or Pacifico, even Tecate with a 100% agave tequila or mescal shot backing it up--alternatively even Negro Modelo or Bohemia darker br... Read More

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