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Albariño (Spain)

Albariño is Spain's most famous white wine grape.

The grape is native to Galicia on the north Atlantic coast.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Lemon Zest
Lemon Zest
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Peach
Peach

Jasmine
Jasmine
Herbs
Herbs
Minerals
Minerals

Grapefruit and Peach flavors are typical for Albariño.

Hints of Flowers, Herbs, and salty Minerals.

Profile

Albariño is dry, fresh, fruity, and high on acitity:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif

Vegetables
Salad
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Crab
Seafood
Oysters
Oysters

Fish
Fish
Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Pasta
Sushi

Albariño's delicious acidity makes it excellent with both Green Salads and Seafood.

It also pairs well with flavorful, rich, salty, oily, and spicy food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Mediterranean. Thai. Indian. Moroccan Cuisine.
Vegetables and Green Salad (with Vinegar).
Shrimps. Prawns. Mussels. Oysters.
Squid. Fish Soup. Fish Pie.
Paella. Tomato-based Pasta and Pizza.
Salmon. Gravlax. Sushi. Sashimi.
Sharp Ingredients. Capers. Tomatoes. Olives.

Cheese:
Goat. Sheep. Feta. Gouda.

Galician Specialties:
Percebes (Goose Barnacles - Crustaceans).
Marisco (Shellfish).
Spider Crab. Scallop. Grooved Razor Shell.
Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician Style Octopus).
Baccalà (Dry Salted Cod Fish).
Pimientos de Padrón (Savoury and Bitter Green Peppers)

If You Like Albariño

You Will Also Like:

Albariño (Spain)
Alvarinho (Portugal)
Favorita (Italy)
Pigato (Italy)
Trebbiano (Italy)
Ugni Blanc (France)
Verdicchio (Italy)
Vermentino (Italy)
Vernaccia (Italy)

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!

About Albariño

Albariño is an aromatic grape with thick skin with high tollerance to the cold and humidity of maritime climates.

The main feature is its acidity which matches the Galician Seafood.

The terroir in Salnes D.O. Rias Baixas is granite rock "Xabre" and its Albariño has strong character, long finish, salty minerality and flowery notes.

The terroir in O Rosal D.O. Rias Baixas is shale mixed with granite. With the influence of Rio Miño and the Atlantic Ocean, its Albariño is soft in the mouth, fruity (apple, citrus) and tropical. Bread crust notes from the lees.

Wine Region Galicia

Galicia

Galicia is a region in north-west Spain.

There are 5 Denominacións de Orixe (DO) in Galicia:

  • Monterrei
  • Rías Baixas
  • Ribeira Sacra
  • Ribeiro
  • Valdeorras

Rias Baixas (lower Rias), close to the border of Portugal, is known to produce the best Albariño in the world. In Portugal the same grape is called Alvarinho.

Ribeira Sacra is best known for dry red wines from the Mencia grape.

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