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 had a similar experience, but found that there was an acidity and brightness ... finds are the Corazon Verde Albarino and a Washington wine that you might be familiar with, the Kung Fu Girl from Charles Smith in Columbia Valley.  I also dig on some funky Vinho Verdes laden with acetone and pineapple. &nbs Read More

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  • Being a member with Snooth for 4 to 5 years, I appreciate and care for this Website and all the members for both past and present information with all that has to do with wine and beyond. When I was a new member, I jumped on my Chariot and applauded only the heavy grape varieties, the Cabs, Shiraz, Old vine Zins, etc.I was one that couldn't see ... Read More

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  • Condes de Albarei Albarino Rias Baixas 2012


    Binny's 4/2015. Delightful mouthful after mouthful, I mean sip after sip. Another great early 2015 deck party, this bottle helped make Mother's Day special. Read More

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  • EM, had a really nice Riax Baixas albarino last night in class which was really nice but was outshone by the Muga rose.Tonight we did a simple spaghetti and meatballs with a nice salad and found this interesting Sicilian frappato in the back of the cellar. Light red in color with fresh raspberry and red cherry on the nose. A somewhat light body ... Read More

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  • Raimat Albarino Castell de Raimat 2013


    Clear light yellow color. Moderate, somewhat floral nose with some stoniness. On the tongue fruit flavors of green apple and some tropicalkiwi, pineapple. Substantial tart freshness. Some mineral or stony flavor at the very back of the palate. Quite light bodied. Very angular wine. Read More

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  • That was a nice dinner we enjoyed in Glen Ellen, Fox.  I'd purchased ... is nothing about a Spanish Albarino that merits inclusion in this conversation.  However, what about one that is not from the Rias Baixas?  This one is from Costers del Segre.  From some on-line research, I have learned that 90% of Spanish Albarino comes from Rias Baixas.... Read More

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  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... varieties.  Oh, and an Albarino. Mentioned elsewhere that I had a Charbono from Kachina.  And we had the Oscura Schioppettino at Holdredge, which was my wife's wine of the weekend and, if we were not strapped while we begin construction, we would have bought on future... Read More

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  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't ... ... funny that you mentioned Albarino, v v.  This weekend we visited with some friends and "tasted" Spanish wines--whites from Rias Baixas (i.e., Albarinos) and reds from Rioja.  I quoted the word "tasted" becasuse, really, this annual evening is about the alcohol buzz more t... Read More

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  • Cool OT, but I would have brought some back-up. Too many unpredictables. ... ... ... WTF?I want to try that Albarino thoug Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some stellar and others not so stellar wines. I even ventured outside Sonoma just for you Al.Started with bubbles.Bubbles done right. This was a very enjoyable starter. New ultra-hip label. Left me kind of torn. The Gimonnet was in a different league. This reminded me of the Und... Read More

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