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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  • La Cana Albarino 2014


    Served at my 69th party. Mostly lady friends, who were stuck on Pinot Grigio, ... Grigio, and had never tasted Albarino raved about it. Sadly? for me it was an evening of sipping fine whiske Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Politics aside, I wish the Democrats would come up with a few better ... and Sandra ordered an Albarino.  We paired these with the halibut for myself and with snow crab for Sandra.  That halibut was the best I have tasted all year and we shared the very delicious snow crab.  No time for dessert though - time to walk over to the Smithsonian Muse... Read More

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  • Mar de Frades Albariño 2014


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  • Lusco Albariño Rías Baixas 2011


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  • Do Ferreiro Albariño 2013


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  • EM - So what was the 2011 Merlot?  That Chardonnay looks tasty to me. ... ... ... V - We almost had an Albarino tonight, as there was one in my rack but alas it was not chilled.  I elected to grab a Spanish bottle out of our fridge because we were celebrating Sandra's fathers (Bob) birthday (89) this evening, and well - you need to drink some... Read More

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  • OK Mark, haven't had a Ceritas but have heard very nice things about the ... ... this with a Rias Baixas Albarino. Life is good on the East Coast as wel Read More

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  • NICE!   I love Pierce Ranch, and if anyone is local, go ck out their ... migraines :-(  Their Albarino is my fav Albarino I've tasted so far. I have been frequenting Pierce Ranch for ~4yrs now.   This is the 2013, which I think was their best showing... perfect acidity, complexity present and accounted for.  I also bought an equal amount of th... Read More

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  • We’ve all been there. You’re shown to your table. You’re ... ... ... of Spain’s white Albarino grape from Rias Baixas ($30 for 500 ml. carafe), to California’s Santa Barbara vineyards for a very quaffable Pinot Noir ($40 for 500 ml. carafe). Bravo.Another welcome move away from the traditional but so often confusing ‘wine by country’ are ‘win... Read More

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  • Carlos Rodriguez Albarino 2013


    Had this after finishing off a lightly oaked Chardonnay... this Albarino had the most amazing cola, vanilla, and nutmeg spice notes that dominated the nose. A light burnished gold color in the glass, almost syrup looking. A very silky and full mouthfeel, with bracing acidity and long finish with notes of cherry, strawberry, and lime. Really rat... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I love the albaino grape-based wines. In particular, Marques de Vizhoja. The problem is I could never purchase it in Connecticut, and now it is no longer available in New York.

    Comment by 1007643Jeff1052 1007643 Jeff1052

  • Galicia - Northwest of Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means around 2000 years of wine tradition! It...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009

  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977

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