Wine Of the Week – Albarino

Albarino - The wine Detective

So many delicious reasons to like this Spanish white wine

Coviar albarino - The Wine Detective


Coviar – Albarino

Crisp and clean on the nose: that freshness follows through on the palate and finish. Lime and white grapefruit with loads of mouth-watering acidity and clean refreshment. No oak. Great aperitif or companion to salads and seafood. I’d love this with shellfish. This Spanish white wine has loads of acidity and lime green notes.

Available at Marquis Wine Cellars. Price $24.90 w/tax.

albarino luzada Val Do Salnes - the Wine Detective


Luzada Val Do Salnes – Albarino

Happy go-to white wine at an affordable price. Medium-bodied with lots of fruit and tangy acidity. Fragrance and flavour of ripe guava, peach and melon with zesty lime.

Available at BC gov’t liquor stores and selected private stores. Price $18.39 w/tax.

Rías Baixas (ree-ahs-buy-shuss) is the most important Denomination of Origin (DO) in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain. The DO was formally established in 1988 and owes much of its acclaim to the white Albariño (al-ba-ree-nyo) grape, which has been elevated by many in Spain and abroad to cult status. The history of the DO dates back to 1980, when an official denomination was created specifically for the Albariño grape variety. When Spain entered the European Union (EU) in 1986, however, the denomination was changed to Rías Baixas because EU wine laws did not recognize a DO named for a single grape variety. Since 1988, the DO has complied with all Spanish and EU wine regulations. The Rías Baixas DO is regulated by the Consejo Regulador (local governing body) which ensures adherence to permitted grape varieties, viticultural practices, winemaking and aging procedures.

By far the finest white grape variety, Albariño accounts for 90% of all plantings in the Rίas Baixas (ree-ahs-buy-shuss)region of Spain. Rías Baixas —and more precisely its sub-zone Val do Salnés—is the birthplace of Albariño. One origin theory—romantic but untrue—is that Albariño is derived from Riesling, brought by German pilgrims on the path to Santiago de Compostela, a holy city in Galicia. Another theory is that the Cistercian monks from Burgundy, who established vineyards wherever they built their churches, introduced it in the 12th or 13th century. Whatever the origin, there is no dispute in terms of the quality and unique flavor profile of Albariño wines. It has been compared to Riesling for its minerality and bracing acidity; to Viognier, because of its fleshiness and peach/apricot character; and to Pinot Gris for its floral bouquet. When grown in highly acidic, granitic earth, Albariño yields a more mineral-driven and structured wine. In sandy soil, however, the Albariño grape gives a softer, rounder wine.

Source from Rias Baixas Wines official web site.

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Last Modified: September 16, 2015

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