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 see probably a half dozen or more wines on that list from Gallo that I drink ... kinds of stuff.  Good Albarino, if not stellar.  Wm Hill was a nice place to visit last year and the stuff they sell at the winery (Benchland series, or some such) was good enough I bought some bottles.  MacMurray is still decent Pinot if you are stuck some plac... Read More

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  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

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  • EM - We love to get an Albarino when consuming raw oysters.  Generally they are reasonably priced and fairly tasty, but I don't recall the brands we've had in the past.  Sometimes it's better to focus on the food and just accept that the wine is a good pairing without getting into much depth trying to characterize the wine itself. The Paradise R... Read More

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  • v v -- It seems that Total Wine has some 'house labels" (I don't ... the list.  We had an Albarino, but, interestingly enough, it was neither of the two on their wine list, (I suppose it is reasonable to assume that they don't update their wine list very often.), and I don't remember the name.   It was pretty good and fairly low dollar.  I thi... Read More

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  • Hendry Napa Valley Albarino 2013

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    Very much a floral nose with some strawberry scent and, maybe, even a Gewurztraminer-like spiciness. On the palate lots of fruitstrawberry, again, and, maybe, banana, but acid suggests stone fruit and citrus. Kind of a cloying finish might discourage some, but the fruity aftertaste lingers for literally minutes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halibut, tonight.  Albarino usually goes well with most seafood. One of our finer Snooth correspondents encouraged me to help this winery since they had taken some damage in the earthquake.  Also, Foxall and DVogler have been raving about Hendry, lately.  So, I ordered a half case of mixed wines--three whites and three reds.Initial impression is... Read More

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  • Asparagus - a green Sauvignon Blanc. Probably the artichoke too, although ... ... or a really light white - Albarino, Muscadet, etc.Those sauces? Only thing I've found that works is oloroso sherry, maybe Madeira. But beer is better.I'm with you on that avocado too - something I've only learned recently. The problem is that Big Al probably can'... Read More

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  • My previous challenges were for geographical locales and entire cuisines of difficulty. This time it's for difficult food items. What wines, if any, match these? Matches to specific recipes are welcome! 1)  Green, white or any other color2)  California's official veggie3)  Belgium's??4) Mold as a good thing5) Moctezuma's favorite food (and aphro... Read More

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  • Sin Palabras Castrovaldes Albarino Rias Baixas Adegas Castro Brey 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Moraima Albariño 2012

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    Wine review by adegamoraima


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