Thirty grapes in thirty days: Albariño

Vineyards in La Rioja, Spain.

The second to last grape is upon us!

Albariño is a white grape grown in the Northwest of Spain. It is also grown in the Vinho Verde region in Portugal and is known as Alvarinho. The white varietal is a very distinguished grape in Spain and is a popular grape in both blended whites and single Albariño wines. Galicia is known as the rainy region of Spain. Whilst many grapes suffer in damp climates Albariño thrives! It’s thick skin allows it to withstand the wet climate.

Albariño is very aromatic on the nose so can be sweet-smelling. However don’t be deceived, it is a wonderfully dry white wine with fantastic acidity. The palate is bursting with fruit flavours such as apple, pear, pineapple and mango. Fennel and citrus hints are also present and the result is mouth-watering. Our Albarino Rias Baixas Laureatus will not disappoint!

Enjoy this crisp wine with fresh shellfish and sushi. Prawn tikka masala and thai dishes also pair well if you want more personality. Fish is a must and adds a little heritage to the wine as the fishing industry in Galicia drives the economy!

 

 

by Rebekah Hilton

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