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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs

  • 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. you head down to CA, let me know.. I have lots to recommend :... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • 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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  • Wanted to add... Lodi, IMO, is meant for whites.  Rhone whites.  ... ... Harney Lane made a decent Albarino that I used to enjoy. The hidden gem is Acquiesce winery, which ONLY does white rhone varietals/blends.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV

  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV

  • This summer I'm trying to help you out of your seasonal drinking ruts. So ... play. While white Grenache, Albarino, and even Viura have their adoring fans, and propagators, Verdejo tends to get little attention. That's probably due to it workmanlike role in the wines of Rueda, which have improved tremendously over the last decade. I.e., were n... Read More

    From the article Va Va Va Verdejo!

  • DV & EM - Thanks for the well wishes.  I had a small glass of that cab ... cab ... She chose a 2013 Albarino and a 2009 Merlot for her meal, and I selected a glass of the 2012 Willamette Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir, which I really enjoyed.  Their wine list for their bottles was quite extensive but I only took a picture of the cabs for reference... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Thought this was an interesting mailer I'd share with you all. Already forwarded the e-mail to Fox as he is one of the few champions of Dolcetto that I know. This would also fit in well with the "weekday wines" thread. Fox and I agreeing it's a good week day pasta night wine, or even a 1st wine in a flight of Northern Italian Reds. To all Best W... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?

  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2012


    Excellent albarino! Lemon chiffon and peach, a touch of tartness but also some creaminess. Very well balanced with medium crisp acidity and nice mouth feel. Going to stock some more of this for the summer. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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