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Welcome Winter with Rias Baixas! Albariño from Palacio De Fefiñanes

19 Nov

Palacio De Fefiñanes Albariño 2016, Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain. 13.5%ABV, Found online from  $13-22/bottle. 

 

In the last two years, I’ve been enjoying (er, drinking) more and more albariño. But I’ve been opening those bottles during the warm seasons, and thinking about the heat of Spain. It was not until I tasted several wines from Rias Baixas while experiencing cold weather at #WBC17 in Santa Rosa that I was shocked into thinking how great albariño is with winter food pairings.

 

Could Albariño be your turkey or ham pairing wine for your holidays? Could you conceive this?

It actually can be. you just have to be open to the possibility!

 

 

 

Color is pale gold. The nose offers a gentle citrus blend and limestone. On the palate: white pear, white peach, pineapple, starfruit, a citrus blend. On the medium short finish: dry extract, limestone, clay and sodium.

This wine, in warm weather, I would classify as a wine perfect for shellfish or raw fish dishes. In cold weather, however, it is ready for savory. This wine can pair with pork, fowl, root vegetables, soups, cheeses, and seafood. The limestone and sodium  give a slightly different perspective to the tongue, and allow the wine to cleanse the palate, then act as an additional spice to the primary flavor- so it could even pair with spicy grilled meats. Believe it or not, it works! But don’t trust me- get a bottle and try it with some quality, dried charcuterie. That will open your eyes, and let you see the start of your expanded possibilities of the albariño from Rias Baixis in your glass.

Holiday wine? Cold weather wine? Absolutely- once you expand the possibilities of your mind for the wine in your glass.

à votre santé!

Do Zoe Albariño 2011, Rias Baixas, Spain

6 Mar

Do Zoe 2011 Albariño

From the Rias Baixas region of Spain, alcohol 12.5% by volume.  $11.99 at Austin Wine & Spirits, Forest Hills NY.

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With a light straw color and a citrus nose featuring a touch of wildflowers. Pear, apricot, and peach notes with plenty of acidity to keep the mouth fresh. Showing a nice tight finish, this paired wonderfully both with an Italian chicken & tomato dish as well as with dried apricot and cranberry. The success of the dried fruit (each brought out similar flavors from the wine) made me think this wine would pair nicely with a fruit appetizer or dessert.

The Do Zoe Albariño is actually a blend of five Spanish grapes, with Albariño as 47% of the blend, the rest from 17-7% each. Albariño , for those who have not enjoyed it before, is Spain’s answer to Pino Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, and deserves a close look. This is a tasty wine that screams summertime, though I enjoyed it during a winter storm.

à votre santé!

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