Common synonyms: Alvariñho, Albarin Blanco, Cainho Branco, Albariña, Azal Blanco, Galego, Galeguinho

Parentage of the grape: Two theories: 1. Riesling 2. Petit Manseng, possibly just indigenous to Galicia
History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Riesling or Petit Manseng, to Galicia sometime in the 12th or 13th century and created the Albariño clone. Obviously, if the grape is proven to be indigenous to Spain, that blows that theory out of the water. Regardless, it became the mainstay grape of Rias Baixas in Galicia, and is also a popular white under its local names in Portugal. The grape is late to the party in the New World, and didn’t make the migration till the last part of the 20th century. 
There has been some controversy as to the authenticity of the grape in Australia. In 2009, DNA evidence proved that in most fields, what was thought to be Albariño is in fact a Read more »

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  • Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2017


    Binny's 9/2019. Enjoyed this bottle. Reminded me of the more readily available Albarino or Torrontes. Read More

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  • Been having some fun finding all the wine stores in the Raleigh-Durham area ... across similar to a juicy albarino but with a bit more floral and a tad less minerally. Honeysuckle, white peach, a good bit of acidity, lemon cream and a bit of pineapple.  Great QPR at around $1 Read More

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  • Ramon Bilbao Albarino Rias Baixas 2017


    Binny's 12/2018. A pleasant surprise. I like Albarino, but this bottle went above the norm. Once again it appears to me to be the occasion that makes a wine go beyond the expected. Dinner with 40 year friends was such an occasion. Read More

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  • We’re all in a dish-pairing frenzy as the big holidays approach. Good counsel has arrived: One of my favorite wine educators, Lyn Farmer, sat down with to us to discuss a most perfect holiday pairing companion - Rías Baixas Albariño.We talked about a bunch of potential pairings, but don’t hesitate to try one of your own. Rías Baixas Albariño is ... Read More

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  • Last week I was at a tasting and among other things, they had 20 Albarinos lined up so of course I had to taste through all of them after a few hours of drinking reds. I was familiar with 6 or 7, having sold one of them anyway, and the rest were new to me.It was late in the day so I didn't note the locations but generally there are roughly two t... Read More

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  • We've been enjoying a really nice Burgan's albarino that pairs well with just about anything this side of a ribeye. It has that hint of sea air, crisp acid and sells for <$15 at my local winestore.  Read More

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  • The Albarino virtual tasting was fun.  I think the region is making some fab wines at excellent value. Read More

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  • I plan to open an Albarino tonight, for the virtual tasting at 8:30 PM ET.  I have the 2017 Santiago Ruiz chilling in the fridge right now.   I enjoy the Albarino wines and I don't think I've tasted this one yet.  Read More

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  • Albarino is indeed a very nice white with a peach or perhaps apricot aroma - often compared to viognier, but rather loosely in my opinion.  From the home province (Galicia) of Francisco Franco (a statue still stands in his hometown, I am told by my former dentist whose family hails from there).  I have not spent much time in this part of Spain b... Read More

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  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best boutique wines of California, Washington or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux w... Read More

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  • I love the albaino grape-based wines. In particular, Marques de Vizhoja. The problem is I could never purchase it in Connecticut, and now it is no longer available in New York.

    Comment by 1007643Jeff1052 1007643 Jeff1052

  • Galicia - Northwest of Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means around 2000 years of wine tradition! It...

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  • I love albariño!

    Comment by 349540jssm1977 349540 jssm1977

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