Albariño = Spanish sunshine

As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, we tend to huddle with our glasses of big red wines to ward off the chill. But sometimes what we need is a reminder that somewhere in the world, the sun is shining and all is bright. Albariño from the Rías Baixas region of Spain fits that bill perfectly, with its rich fullness and concentrated flavor. A dish of Marcona almonds, a wedge of Manchego cheese and a nice Albariño are sunny companions on a dreary fall evening. Here are a few we tasted recently:


Pazo Señoráns Albariño, 2011 (Rías Baixas); $24
Very appealing pear and apple aroma with floral notes; full of bright, crisp flavor and cleansing Granny Smith tartness.


Zios Albariño, 2011 (Rías Baixas); $12.75
Apples, pears, tangerines and a touch of anise on the nose; lovely, creamy and rich on the palate, with bright acidity and ripe, lush tropical fruit.


Martín Códax Albariño, 2010 (Rías Baixas); $15
Candied orange aroma with hints of apples and a touch of herbs; lush, full fruit with herbal undercurrents.


Torre la Moreira Albariño, 2011 (Rías Baixas); $19.99
Tropical fruit bowl aroma of pineapple, guava and mango; rich, ripe and full flavored with a lemony apple finish.


Santiago Ruiz White Wine, 2011 (Rías Baixas); $20
Sweet tropical spice and fruit aroma; racy on the palate with crisp lemon and apple flavors laced with butterscotch.


Condes de Albarei Albariño, 2011 (Rías Baixas); $12
Aromas of honey, fresh pineapple and rose petals; luscious fruit with bright, crisp acidity and a tart apple finish.


Prices may vary.

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