Wine writer and blogger, Brooke Martin (otherwise known as @thebrookeblend), is helping us toast to one of our newest go-to white wines on our latest series of Beyond the Glass. So, pour yourself a glass and let Brooke transport you to Rias Baixas, Spain where the Albariño grape thrives.
Exploring Rias Baixas
Rias Baixas, a quaint Spanish wine region known for producing a diverse range of white wines, has gained international recognition over the last decade for its sweetheart varietal, Albariño. Located in the northwest corner of Spain, it could easily be mistaken for Ireland due to its rugged lush green hillsides.
As a moderate, wet climate area, humidity can be an issue leading to mildew and fungal disease. Fortunately, Albariño is a thick-skinned grape that thrives in this environment. That, plus the fact that the vines are trained on pergolas and evenly spaced out, contributes to air circulation preventing mildew and allowing additional sunshine to encourage even ripening. With each of these elements aligned, the outcome is a wine that will captivate the palate with lively acidity, citrus notes and a hint of minerality.
Getting to the Grape
Albariño has become the premier grape of Rias Baixas and the word Albariño appears on every wine label, unlike other Spanish wines that are generally referred to by their region rather than the grape variety. This grape has gained popularity for its versatility and unique flavors, an invigorating white wine with a reputation of pairing well with seafood.
Timing could not be more perfect to add this varietal to your summertime rotation as August is celebrated as Albariño month. The 90+ Cellars Rias Baixas Albariño captivates your senses with aromas of melon, lemon zest, peach, saline and nectarine. The zip from the acidity dances on the palate with an easy-going finish. A phenomenal white wine for a hot summer day.
If Albariño isn’t a white wine you normally reach for, I encourage you to branch out and discover the beauty of this varietal. Light, refreshing and characteristics you are bound to adore.