Updated: Aug 2, 2020
(Alvarinho in Portugal)
Spain's spectacular seafood white can be pretty overlooked when compared to international grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Albariño makes for a beautiful summer white wine, fresh, crisp, summery and perfect for seafood pairing. The grape, Albariño, can be found in the luscious region of Rias Baixas, in the north west of Spain, which has a maritime climate due to its proximity to the ocean. Luckily this grape has a thick skin and a hardy vine so it can deal well with any wet weather, resist the damp conditions and rot.
Wines produced from this grape tend to be a beautiful lemon colour, with a medium to pronounced nose. Aromas show hints of peach & nectarine, grapefruit, blossom, and salinity.
A great example is the Palacio de Fefiñanes which can be found in Waitrose. It's elegant, fruity and just got so much about it- lots of wonderful stone fruit and balance. You can give it a whirl in the park, like I did, or even perfectly pair it was seafood.
Albarino Wine Profile
If you like Sauvignon Blanc or fresh summer wines - switch it up and give this a go.