Looking for a refreshing wine for summertime pairings? Try Albarino for Spain’s Rias Baixas wine region. A Denominacion De Origen (DO classification) in northwest Spain’s Galicia region, Rias Baixas is adjacent to Portugal’s northern border. Rias Baixas (also called Rias Bajas) refers to the southern part of the region. The white wines made from Albarino (Alvarinho) are the best known here, although other grapes are used as well. The Albarino vines are low yielding (usually higher quality grapes) and the grapes are thick skinned and do not produce a lot of juice. This combination results in very flavorful wines that are highly sought after…and some of my personal favorite white wines.
An outstanding example of a high quality Albarino is theValminor Rias Baixas Albarino, Cosecha 2011 (vintage 2011).
Bright yellow straw color, a clear and inviting wine from the first look in the glass. On the nose, a tropical fruit paradise with hints of green apple and slate. On the palate, a refreshing blend of tropical fruit flavors, apricot and green apple notes. A refreshing, palate-cleansing finish completes this elegant white wine. Serve chilled of course at 50 -53 degrees Fahrenheit (10-12 degrees Celsius).
Food pairing ideas:
Enjoy as an aperitif or with Sushi and Asian cuisine, summer salads, grilled seafood, fish tacos and light grilled chicken dishes.