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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  • Tangent White Blend San Luis Obispo County Ecclestone 2005

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    Wine review by TUDOR


  • Tangent Albariño Edna Valley 2007

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    Wine review by TUDOR


  • What would best accompany the following dish...many thanksGnocchi served on a bed of a pea puree and garnished with ricotta, mint, salt, pepper, olive oil and a 2 grilled strips of bacon Read More

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  • Ave Wines Premium Torrontes 2008

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    Extremely fresh and vibrant. Oily and tart with an essence of lemon rinds. ... ... ... Reminds me a lot of an albarino. This is clearly a food wine that went great with yellow thai curry chicken and dumplings. Alone this wine is just average but torrontes is generally a food one that goes great with spicy thai foo Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Licia Albariño Rías Baixas Licia 2008

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    100% Albarino delivers up green apple and lemon flavors and maybe a hint of honey. Nice bright acidity without overpowering. A great alternative to Sauv Blanc and great with fresh seafood and seafood cocktails. Read More

    Wine review by WineFlair


  • Contrapunto Albarino

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    This is teh youngest and coolest albarino from Granbazan. It´s really refreshing with a crispy acidity and lots of flowers and tropical fruits aromas Read More

    Wine review by jalvo


  • Lagar de Costa Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    $21 at retail! I saw this in a restaurant for $45 - so quite the deal...With strong lime flavors on the nose, this is a crisp and emollient wine with flavors of gooseberry and a solid, tart and flinty structure. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    Wine review by atonalprime


  • Salneval Albarino Rias Baixas Valle de Salnes 2008

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    Wine review by melmorg


  • Salneval Albarino 2007

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    Very light colored. Light to medium body. Floral aromas on the nose with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Finish is crisp but fleeting. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


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