Inspired by the Albariño Wine Festival held during the first week of every August in in the small coastal town of Cambados, Spain, International Albariño Day 2014 is set for Saturday, August 2.
Traditionally grown in Rías Baixas, a coastal wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain where over 90% of the vineyards are Albariño, this grape produces aromatic, tart, bright, acidic white wines with citrus fruits and white flowers that pair particularly well with seafood but also works with Asian foods that aren’t too spicy.
Here’s a write-up of Paco and Lola which I opened for last year’s Albarino Day.
While grown in great volumes in Spain as well as in Portugal as Alvarinho, Albarino is less commonly found in other parts of the world but increasing in popularity.
In California, the Lodi AVA is now California’s leading grower of the grape. If you’re in the Lodi area this weekend, you should head over to Twisted Oak Winery in Murphys, Calveras County, to taste their very limited release Albarino–only 50 cases. (Be sure to visit the Spaniard while you are there too!)
The Central Coast also grows some stunning Albarino, including the Edna Valley AVA in San Luis Obispo.
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