Our journey begins with Albariño, which is a dry white wine from the Rias Baixas (ree-ahs-buy-shuss) region of Spain, located on the Galician coastline. Albariño often has floral and fruit aromatics, a crisp raciness to it, and typically some minerality on the palate, courtesy of the granite bedrock in the region. If you like the dryness and body of a Sauvignon Blanc, give Albariño a try.
Albariño has been a long-time favorite for us. The particular Albariño Rob and Kelly chose is the 2019 Eladio Pineiro Albarino “Envidia Cochina.” Light golden yellow in color, it has lots of juicy pear and citrus notes, and a creamy mouthfeel, which was a pleasant surprise. As it opened, the pear became more pronounced, but it still had a nice level of acidity.
We really enjoyed the elegance and versatility the wine offered as we went from sipping it alone, to pairing it with some goat cheese, and then onto our main course. Given its coastal residence, Albariño pairs nicely with seafood so we put some salmon on a cedar plank and grilled it. This may be a bit bolder of a seafood option, and while it was a nice match, I might also suggest a briny clam linguine.
Albariño can be found at most retailers or online. If you can’t find this one, another option is the Val Do Sosego, available at Total Wine, or Martin Codax, which typically can be found at Costco.