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

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  • Portugal

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

  • Vinho Verde

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  • 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...

  • Rías Baixas

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

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Albariño on Snooth

  • To celebrate my husband's most recent birthday, we invited my cousin and her ... experiences by unleashing an Albarino. Albarinos are meant to charm. They're from the Galacian coast of Spain and classically paired with seafood at Spanish tapas bars. With their apple, peachy, lime and sometimes floral scents, they're instant pleaser's. Furtherm... Read More

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  • To celebrate my husband's most recent birthday, we invited my cousin and her ... experiences by unleashing an Albarino. Albarinos are meant to charm. They're from the Galacian coast of Spain and classically paired with seafood at Spanish tapas bars. With their apple, peachy, lime and sometimes floral scents, they're instant pleaser's. Furtherm... Read More

    From the article Birthday Bash Wines


  • Artesa Albarino Carneros Estate 2006

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    Amazing. Well blended fruit flavors with a gentle oakiness in the middle followed by a rich finish that I though only existed in red wines. Simply the best white wine that I have ever tasted. Read More

    Wine review by jtabor


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2004

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    Wine review by enotheque


  • Adegas d'Altamira Brandal Albarino 2005

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    Great value at 16$. Light, refreshing, and succulant, Brandal will head this year's Albarino rennaisaince. Albarino is the new Sauvignon Blanc. Read More

    Wine review by Have61willdrink


  • Pedralonga Albariño Rías Baixas 2005

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    Wine review by staceybrick


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2005

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    i really love this wine, and i'm not much for whites. but this is wonderful ... ... nature that a lot of albarinos can have. this one has a bit more starfruit, peaches, and a hit of minerals on the finish that give it a lightly sweet edge. best on a summer's eve with friend Read More

    Wine review by soulminer


  • Bodegas As Laxas Albariño Rías Baixas 2005

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    THis is clearly a food wine. this ain't for sipping. Went poretty badlywith ... ... thai food, which is what albarino is supposed to go with...can't really see it going with anything else. maybe spicy seafood. weird aftertast Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Albariño Monterey County Ca' del Solo 2006

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    Rich and fruity, yet crisp. Delicious. Great dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by rw115


  • Salneval Albarino 2006

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    very good value. not good as a standalone drinker but it went amazingly with pineapple chipotle shrimp stir-fry from fresh direct. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


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