Albariño is a Spanish white wine grown in the northwestern corner of Spain called Galicia. Common qualities of Albariño are medium to full bodied that has a creamy body that is similar to Chardonnay, and a citrus, peach and flowery nose. Unlike Chardonnay, it is rarely aged in oak barrels, so you won’t find a snappy vanilla flavour to this wine.
Best Wine with Tapas
The acidic tang of Albariño makes it a perfect pairing for creamy seafood dishes, and of course, it’s perfect with Tapas. You’ll also find it goes well with grilled shellfish, sardines, grilled calamari, Caesar salad, tilapia, sole, halibut, sea bass, earthy mushroom and bean dishes, and creamy pastas. I find it great with Chinese Food Takeout as well, due to its acidic nature and ability to pair with a wide range of flavours.
Albariño is incredibly veggie friendly, and will pair well with dishes that include carrots, jicama, cucumber, celery, butter lettuce, endive, bok choy, fennel, cilantro, onion, cabbage and cauliflower.
Notable Producers of Albariño
Albariño is also produced in Portugal, where you’ll see Alvarinho on the label. While it’s still delicious, it certainly has less body and is typically lighter than a Spanish Albariño. American Albariño tends to vary by producer, as very little is produced in comparison to other grapes. This means slightly higher prices, but a guarantee that the wine will most likely be interesting.