Albariño is a white Spanish wine produced primarily in Galicia. It’s a crisp and refreshing wine that pairs well with seafood dishes. This light bodied wine is easy to drink and pairs perfectly with spicy Mexican cuisine. If you’re looking for something delicious to serve while entertaining guests, try serving albariño alongside tacos or ceviche.
Albariño grapes grow in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. Because of the mild climate and rich soil, the region produces excellent wines year round. Albariño grapes are harvested between September and October and then undergo fermentation before being bottled.
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Albarino is a Spanish white grape variety. It has been grown primarily in Spain since its introduction in the early 20th century. Albarino grapes tend to have high acidity levels and are often blended with other varieties to create wines with more body.
Albarino originated in Spain, where it was first cultivated around 1900. Today, most of the world's albarino production comes from Spain, although Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California all produce significant amounts of this varietal.
Albarino tends to make medium bodied wines with moderate tannins and good acidity. These wines are generally well balanced and easy drinking. They are best enjoyed young and should age gracefully for at least 5 years.
Albarino pairs well with seafood dishes, including ceviche, mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops. Other foods that go well with albarino include chicken, lamb, pork, beef, game meats, goat cheese, duck, and mushrooms.
Spain is home to the majority of the world's albarino production. Most of the country's albarino production takes place in the Ribera del Duero region, specifically near the towns of Albarracin and Bierzo. There are also smaller producers in the provinces of Castile La Mancha, Guadalajara, Valencia, and Zamora.
No, the name albarino actually originates from the Arabic word 'al-ba'r', meaning "white". Albarracín is the Spanish spelling of the city of Albarracin, located in the province of Ciudad Real in central Spain. Albarracín is also famous for its annual Feria de la Virgen Blanca festival, held each year during Holy Week.
Albarino was originally developed in the late 19th century in the area of Albarracín, Spain. At that time, albarino was considered a blending grape, but today it is recognized as a separate varietal. Prior to World War II, albarino was widely planted throughout Europe and America. During the war, however, much of the European vineyards were destroyed, leaving albarino almost extinct. Fortunately, viticulture efforts began again after the war and today albarino is once again enjoying great popularity.
Verdejo is another Spanish white grape variety that is similar to albarino. Verdejo tends to have higher sugar content than albarino, making it sweeter.