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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  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

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  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2012

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    Excellent albarino! Lemon chiffon and peach, a touch of tartness but also some creaminess. Very well balanced with medium crisp acidity and nice mouth feel. Going to stock some more of this for the summer. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... much when he discusses his Albarino. The idea of picking before the flavors seemed to have developed in the grapes was a difficult one to make, but time has proven that these flavors do emerge in the finished wines. Perhaps frustratingly slowly, but wine is not s... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Of course I remember the thread!So for the first pairing, I'd go with a ... wine. Possibly a super dry Albarino, Hondurabbi, or Muscadet - nothing with much fruit. Maybe Vinho Verde, but that's pushing it. For the second, sparkling.For the "other dishes", there are lots of different things. Right now I'm having pork in a spicy peanut sauce, so... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *3*: what...


  • With summer on the way I've been writing more about white wines, and in ... ... in exploring Picpoul, Albarino, and some of the great white wines of Portugal, which all fit the bill nicely.This is only the tip of the iceberg of course, but each wine offers up something unique for both consumers and myself. In the case of Picpoul and Albarino,... Read More

    From the article What I'm Liking in May 2014


  • Moraima Albariño 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • RBA, I have enjoyed a few Pazo Senorans Albarinos over the year, and I'm pretty sure I never paid as much as $36 in a retail store. The $56 restaurant price is, probably, not too bad.  I'll bet that if you bought it in a Las Vegas restaurant, where they really understand g-factor, it would have been $10-$15 more.Matching Albarino with shellfish ... Read More

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  • We had a nice white wine to go with a few oysters and scallops dishes last ... ... it was a 2011 Pazo Senorans Albarino from Spain that cost $56 in the restaurant.  My iPhone Vivino app rated it a 3.9 out of 5.0 and said the average price was $36 in the stores.  We liked it quite a bi Read More

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  • My dinner ended up being a Tuscan stew (lots of lamb and garlic and the usual ... ... night. Maybe a bottle of albarino and cava beforehand to provide initial lubrication. Don't yet know what will be cooking, but maybe it'll be a Frenchman's version of chili. He did surprise us by pulling that out of his hat/er, Le Creuset a couple years ago..... Read More

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  • Dinner should be ready in less than an hour! Read More

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