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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  • 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

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  • 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


  • Jacqueline Bahue Albarino Gomes Vineyard California 2013

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    A recent purchase from Naked Wines.Pretty good. Had not had an Albarino before, seems much like a Sauvignon Blanc, which is not one of my favorite wine types, however this one seems a bit more creamy than a typical SB. Light, crisp, peach/apricot, a bit of lime.I had this with a Crab Leg Omelette, which I found to be a nice pairing. Glad I bough... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Ferreiro 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino  |  4 in stock  |  $19.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1937 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $119.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Banyuls   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 ... Read More

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  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2012

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    Floral on the nose, nice acidity but a bit too bitter on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Is it me, or are oaky chards out of fashion? Nowadays most every producer I encounter boasts about their stainless steel tanks. All I want to experience with my Chardonnay is toast with a big ol' pad of melted butter on top. Can anyone recommend some excellent oaky chard producers? Thanks!  Read More

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  • Thank you for the Albarino/Pierce V. reco (the terroir looks very interesting there)...huge fan of Albarino! That and Gruner Veltliner are 2 of my summertime faves...well, and a boat load of rose' and rose' sparkling, of course. Like you, I'm also a fan of wines from the Sonoma area...and wow, I just tried three hard cider beauties from Sonoma C... Read More

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  • Oy.. Julia.. funny thing.  When I started on Snooth back in 2009, I was ... abroad...You mentioned an Albarino in your blog.. I love Albarino, and would recommend, here in CA, Pierce Ranch for Albarino, as well as other Spanish varietals.  http://www.piercevineyards.com/wines.htmlIf you head down to CA, let me know.. I have lots to recommend :... Read More

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  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's 500 days until retirement tonight.  It ... ... a glass of white wine (Albarino) and a dozen oysters; the second was a sherry bar called "Mockingbird Hill" where we enjoyed several sherries and some charcuterie.  The third and final restaurant was a whiskey bar called "Southern Efficiency" where we had a few flig... Read More

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  • Hello All,We're traveling from Portland to Napa along the Oregon Coast. Would love your recommendations for:1.  An exceptional vineyard tasting room near McMinnville.2. An association or coop, or other tasting facility that represents numerous Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, again near McMinnville.Thanks very much, Carbonunit1 Read More

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