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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  • Rías Baixas

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

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Albariño on Snooth

  • I just checked my inventory--updating after purchasing some Myriad Syrah (thanks, OT!) and putting in the Jemrose Syrahs I bought a month ago (thanks again, OT!) and it is now official:  I have more Syrah than Cab on hand and quite a bit pending delivery.  (Um, thanks OT? Love the wines but the space is getting a little tight...)So it seemed lik... Read More

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  • Burgans Albariño Rías Baixas Rias Baixas 2011

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    Really pretty clear pale yellow in the glass. Fairly floral nose. Crisp but fruity on initial taste--some citrus, some stone fruit, some tropical fruit. Nice acid tartness provides the crispness. An easy drinker. US$9.35 at Total WIne Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Boy, good luck.  I have had Txakoli only twice in my life.  Last ... ... that might be similar.  Albarino, for example, is not really similar to Txakoli (It is much fruitier.), but it is from the nearby Rias Baixas region.  However, the thing that Albarino has going for it is that it is pretty easy to find in the U.S.  You can even find it in ... Read More

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  • Txomin Etxaniz-Txacoli (chacoli) Estoy estudiando la lengua de español este año. I'm in my second semester and I'm going to audit a Spanish conversation and phonetics class to help me get ready for a trip to Spain in 2016. I will be in the Basque country and would like to try this wine from that region NOW to pair with some Spanish cooking. Does... Read More

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  • Albariño Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas Rias Baixas 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Abacela Albarino 2012

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    13.2%Clear, pale golden color with medium viscosity.Aromas of vanilla, tangerine, and petrol. Medium-bodied with buttery tangerine and mineral flavors. Long length, moderately complex. Suggested pairing: fresh fish. Read More

    Wine review by juliecorc


  • Tom,Who would've thought you'd get such useful consulting advice from ... lesser known and exciting. Albarino strikes me as a bit of a fad (in the states at least). The Chenin Blanc suggestion is interesting, though you face tough and economical competition in France. Semillon seems to be gaining a little traction here, so that may be one to l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon's Smallest


  • Someone had to mention Abacela if he's thinking about Spanish grapes in ... them to make your Chenin or Albarino the domestic entry in that part of the list.  But I wouldn't go with Auxerrois--just too unknown and not something people are dying to find out about even in the geekworld.  Now, furmint or rkatsiteli, or assyrtiko, you'd get my att... Read More

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  • If you were a big commercial operation, I would advise against taking out the ... know. And for whites, Albarino is far better known in the US than Auxerrois, which in the US, one really only finds in wines from Alsace, although it's grown elsewhere. It's confusing because the term Pinot Blanc actually includes Auxerrois, even though the two g... Read More

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  • Thanks, Emark,  I really appreciate the input.  We are just at the ... can find a bottle of Abacela Albarino, I think you will appreciate the potential we have here for the variety.  We have not tried Auxerrois yet, either, but plan to this weekend.And, you are right, I am a bit of a contrarian.  We also grow olives and make olive oil (one of ... Read More

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