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Airén (Spain)

Airén is the most planted grape variety in Spain.

It is Primarily used for Brandy, but this card describes the White Wine.

Typical Flavors


Apple
Apple
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Pineapple
Pineapple
Rose
Roses

Citrus, Apple, and Pineapple typical Airén flavors, with hints of Valencia Roses.

Profile

Airén is dry, with medium body and acidity:

SUGARDry
BODYMedium - Light
FRUITMedium - Light
ACIDITYMedium - Light
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Salads
Salads
Vinegar
Vinegar
Garlic
Garlic
Salmon
Salmon

Crab
Seafood
Lobster
Lobster
Fish
Fish
Chicken
Chicken

Airén is an easy-drinking wine with moderate acidity.

It pairs best with rich white fish and seafood, especially with lemon-heavy flavors.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Salads with Lemon Vinaigrette.
Garlic Prawns. Soups.
Rich Seafood.
Crab. Lobster.
White Fish. Lemon Butter Sauce.
Ginger Roasted Salmon.
Claypot Rice with Fish.
( Grilled Chicken Breasts.

Cheese:
Manchego. Asiago. Beaufort. Cantal. Cheddar. Comté.

Spanish Specialities:
Seafood Paella.
Grilled Sardines in Green Pepper.

If You Like Airén

You May Also Like:

Assyrtiko (Greece)
Gavi (Italy)
Grechetto (Italy)
Greco di Tufo (Italy)
Orvieto (Italy)
Pinot Bianco (Italy)
Piquepoul (France)
Silvaner (France)
Riesling Dry (Germany)
Weissburgunder (Germany)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for dry white wines.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

Spanish Grapes

Airén

Airén Vine

Airén is a white wine grape. It is native to Spain where it represents about 30% of the total wine production.

In 2017, Airén was estimated to be the 4th most grown grape variety in the world.

But, Airén plantations are declining and being replaced in Spanish vineyards with more popular red varieties like Tempranillo.

Because of a too bold style, high sugar level and low acidity, Airén is most often blended with other grapes to make a more balanced wine, or fermented and distilled for Brandy or fortifying wines such as Sherry.

In the Canary Islands, Airén is called Burra Blanca ("White Donkey").

Airén DOPs

DOP = Denominación de Origen Protegida.

Because of low fruit and low acidity, Airén is often blended and balanced with other Spanish grapes like Verdejo.

Airén is allowed in the following Spanis DOPs :

Best areas: La Mancha. Vinos de Madrid.

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