SOURCE: Albarino From Spain

Albarino from Spain

December 06, 2010 08:00 ET

Charm the Host and Delight Guests With Aromatic Albarino Wines This Holiday Season

Say "Thank You" With Food Friendly Spanish Varietal

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - December 6, 2010) - Behind every carefully placed mistletoe, infectious jingle and exquisite cocktail dress hides a stressed holiday host agonizing over the details. During this year's festive soirees, give Albariño, a Spanish white wine, as a token of your appreciation. 

Second only to flowers, the right bottle of wine is one of the most popular ways to be a hit at your next party. While tradition suggests the typical Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, offer a break from convention with this aromatic white wine that's easy to enjoy and pairs well with the holiday's most beloved dishes.

Perfect for the season of joyful celebrations with friends and family, Albariño has a unique flavor and a natural acidity with a clean finish. The wine is often described as expressive, with peach and apricot notes, or crisp and refreshing, with intense fruit flavors, such as green apples and lemon zest. Albariño complements a variety of party favorites, such as bruschetta, baked brie, soups and chowders, ham, fruit cake, tarts and apple crisp.

"An elegant party favorite, Albariño's striking balance of acidity, body, minerality and aromas allow the wine to adapt to the palate as guests graze on the season's most delectable treats," says Katia Alvarez, winemaker for the Martín Códax® Rías Baixas Albariño. "Albariños also provide a great value and are a widely available varietal."

For Albariño recommendations, samples and pricing information, please contact Jamie Godfrey, jamie@lanepr.com, 503.546.7892.

About Albariño from Spain
Albariño (al-ba-ree-nyo) is a white grape varietal grown in the D.O. (Denomination of Origin) of Rías Baixas, located in Galicia on Spain's Northwest coast. Accounting for 90 percent of all plantings in Rías Baixas, Albariño wine has been likened to a Riesling for its minerality and bracing acidity; to a Viognier, because of its fleshiness and peach/apricot character; and to a Pinot Gris for its floral bouquet. Albariño pairs well with seafood dishes, which are indigenous to its seaside region and are highly prized by leading restaurants throughout Spain. Albariño is also one of the few Spanish white grape varieties produced as a varietal wine on its own and designated on labels.