Albariño, the basics


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Crawford Family Wines Tin Shack Chardonnay

Rias Baixas, Spain

90% of the vineyards are dedicated to Abariño


August 1st is “Albariño Day”. To celebrate, we are doing a group blog post with some of our friends who are wine bloggers, organized by Andrew over at Wine Thirty Flight. Now Andrew and team are experts on Spanish wines and so Albariño is one of their deep loves. To get us in the mood we thought we would dive back into some of our favorite Albariños.

Back in 2014 I was just learning about Albariños and I wrote a piece Albarino Portico da Rio, a crisp zesty white wine from Spain Here’s a bit of the blog:

  • “The stories of it’s origin are interesting. One legend has monks bringing Riesling or Petit Manseng from Burgundy to this part of Spain in the 12th or 13th centuries. It has since been proven to be indigenous to Spain, but it does resemble Riesling’s minerality. It often has the body and weight of a Viognier and the acidity of a Pinot Gris.
  • I read quite a bit about the history of the area, but it was much more fun to hear about it from my friend Pepe who is from Spain. He was so excited to tell me about Galacia. The area is often wet and cloudy and feels more like Ireland than Spain. He says this is not just the weather, but the fact that the Celts settled this area long ago, so you see many ginger haired blue-eyed Spaniards here. In addition it is not uncommon to hear bagpipes and Celtic crosses dot the landscape.”

Portico da Rio Albarino Portico da Rio Albarino

So as with most grape varieties this Spanish grape is now grown in California. A few years ago we tasted with Rick Longoria of Longoria Wines in Santa Barbara and picked up a bottle of his beautiful Albariño to take home. We enjoyed it with shellfish and I posted an article Longoria Albarino and Shellfish

Rick Longoria is legendary in Santa Barbara and is soft spoken and humble when speaking of his incredible wines. We had a wonderful conversation with him at the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Grand Tasting. Here is a bit from that post:

  • To make this wine Rick does a whole cluster press then lets the juice rest overnight before racking it into stainless steel to ferment. He cold ferments at 60 degrees which he says helps to preserve those beautiful aromatics. This spends another few months in stainless steel before it is bottled. Only 254 cases were produced
  • This wine has such a lovely nose, with beautiful soft white florals and a little bees wax. The tartness was refreshing on the palate.

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As Albariño Day approaches we headed out to find a few more Albariños to taste and share with you! The best of our tasting will be shared on the group post with Wine Thirty Flight! Watch for our Albariño tasting, where we try 3 Albariños from Rias Baixas and pair them with some delicious foods.

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Albariño is being grown all over the world, but it originates from Rias Baixas.  We spent some time getting to know a little about the region and then tasting through 3 Albariños from this region and doing a little experimental food pairing.

Dominate Flavors



yellow grapefruit


honeydew melon



wet gravel


Crawford Family Wines 2016 Albarino
2016 Albarino
Longoria 2014 Albariño
Longoria 2014 Albarino Clover Creek Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
Steamed Clams
Steamed Clams to pair with Albarino
Portico da Rio Albarino
Portico da Rio Albarino

Pairing with cheese

Cheese Pairings

Ibores – firm, tangy goat’s milk cheese from Spain

Mahon – sharp, cow’s milk cheese from Spain

Goat Cheese


How to serve

how to serve

serve Ice cold

warming it slightly will release more aromas

no need to decant

pair with food

Pair with food

well suited for:

Thai, Morroccan, Indian

Oysters, Fresh white crab, Fresh prawns or shrimp, Mixed shellfish platters

Steamed mussets or clams, Simply grilled fish such as seabass, squid or sardines

Albarino Blog Posts

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