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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Rías Baixas

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

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Portugal

      Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some o...

  • Minho

  • Blanco County

      Blanco County is a wine-producing area within Texas Hill Country. It’s become quite the to...

  • Galicia

    Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Oc...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

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  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

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Albariño on Snooth

  • Nessa Albarino 2007

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    good, not outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by nycsrd


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Stock wine in my house. Great value and versatile! Read More

    Wine review by nycsrd


  • Vionta Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jimmymac4


  • Adegas d'Altamira Albariño Rías Baixas Brandal 2006

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    Lemon and green apples on the nose, very crisp (good acidity). Some minerality in the mid palette, clearly a good match with fish. A bit tart and sour on the finish, but nice. A good crisp, summery wine. Eucalyptus? Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Albarino 2006

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    Nice albarino. Rounder and a bit fatter than most albarinos but still a nice wine. Went very well with a smoked gouda. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Albarino 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by pwdzoe


  • Bodegas Nora Albariño Rías Baixas 2004

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    We were surprised how great this really was especially considering the price. Perfect with tonight's Paella. Read More

    Wine review by ctillsley


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Was actually with HondaJohn when i tried this. Lots of orange, lemon and other sweet citrus notes - agree with popsicle as a description. Nice and crisp and refreshing. Good acidity - a real summer wine. Fairly simple, but good at what it does. Would pair very well with chicken salad, or some other lighter summer fare. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Casa Do Capitão-Mor 2007

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    Almost clear wine with a nose that at first is almost transparent, though with ... show some flesh fruit and "albarino" like fruit. In the mouth the acidity is fresh and alive with apple hints and peach notes. The acidity is wonderful, and rounds out with some hints of lemon. Really want to say more about this wine, but I have a strange feelin... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Interesting wine but not fully to my taste. Notes at the wine bar said Popsicle on it and I definitely got that. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


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