Albariño – 5 Fabulous Sips to Savour
With travelling abroad firmly on hold here in TheTaste HQ we have recently been discussing the various wines that remind us of holidaying abroad. It was widely agreed that a good Albariño is always welcome when dining in Spain and Portugal, predominantly due to the variety of Mediterranean dishes on offer that pair so well with this Galician grape goodness.
Albariño, also known as Alvarinho is a white grape variety that is primarily found along the North Atlantic coastline of Spain and Portugal. Spain’s Galicia region is the traditional home of Albariño, particularly the Rias Baixas DO, where it accounts for almost 90% of all grape varieties grown. Across the border in Portugal, the Vinho Verde wine region is the home of Albariño grape production.
Whilst we may not have the weather we can easily access this great wine. Here are five I have tried and enjoyed.
Zarate Albariño, Val do Salnes, Rias Baixas, Spain 2019 €23.00 from Ely
‘An Albarino of distinction, it is less outwardly fruity than most, and all the better for it. Subtle peach fruit, lovely lemon-fresh acidity followed by a distinctly salty tang. Perfect with all shellfish or seafood, but smart enough to carry through the whole meal.’
Having just recently enjoyed a bottle of this on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I don’t think I will be waiting for the sunshine to return enjoy it again!
Paired with a very simply lunch of stir-fried prawns on toasted sourdough. Great balance of acidity with a tangy finish that flirts in the mouth and draws you back for more. Really enjoyable wine.
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Pazo do Mar, Albariño, Treixadura blend, Ribeiro, Spain €15.85 from Boutique Wines
‘Made from 30 year old vines grown in Ribeiro this award winning blend of indigenous Spanish varieties combines chalky minerality with refreshing mineral notes with great acidity and body.’
Very, very enjoyable bottle, highly aromatic with floral and citrus aromas. Savoured every drop over a delicious lunch of Moules Frites.
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Finca Garabelos Albariño €29.95 from The Corkscrew.
‘Jam-packed with aromas of green apples, it’s easy drinking, fresh, smooth, balanced, long, with a very well integrated acidity and a final fruit sensation that invites you to continue drinking. It’s relatively high in alcohol (13.5%) which makes it an ideal accompaniment to a light al fresco lunch or tapas.’
Great wine at any time but I especially enjoyed a bottle of this wonderful wine with a glorious grazing board and great friends. Smoother than most Albariño with a deliciously fruity finish.
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Tordo Alvarinho €14.95 from O’Briens Wine
‘This wine is made from the Alvarinho grape variety, better known across the border in Galicia as Albariño. The grapes come from warm, inland vineyards and are hand-harvested before being fermented in the family’s modern stainless-steel winery. The bright and clear wine offers flavours of grapefruit and pineapple, with perfectly integrated acidity. A characterful Vinho Verde that would pair wonderfully with fresh shellfish enjoyed in the garden on a sunny afternoon.’
This is a little beauty of a wine. Gorgeous vibrancy and a balance of acidity that is just so palate pleasing. I have repurchased this wine many times. It is always a dinner party favourite and paired really well with my last attempt at creating seafood linguini.
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Boal de Arousa Albariño 2018 €15.95 from WineswithStories.com
‘The bright apple, apricot/peach and floral, citrus notes are wrapped around crisp, whip cracking acidity. The surprise here is the extra note of minerality that usually only occurs in Albarinos twice this price.’
We savoured every drop of this beautiful bottle with a homemade Paella (homemade as in, purchased in Avoca and heated at home!)
A seriously great wine at a very good price point.
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Wine Feature By: Olivia Byrne