NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2014) - This past winter was a cruel one and although the polar vortexes have passed, a chill remains in the air. Even if spring is not apparent on the thermometer, it can appear in your glass. Liven up the mood, and the palate, with a crisp Spanish white: Albariño from Rías Baixas, Spain.
Grown in lush green vineyards perched along Atlantic shores, Albariño grapes produce a wine that is the epitome of spring: clean, fresh, and citrusy. In the Spanish coastal region of Galicia, cool ocean breezes flow through sun-kissed vines, giving Albariño a distinctive brininess that can only come from its birthplace. Peach aromas channel the Galician sun, while flavors of green apple and lemon-lime citrus accompany bright, cleansing acidity, which washes away any remnants of winter and prepares the palate for fresher fare.
As farmer's markets begin to pop up, ditch the frozen veggies and embrace spring produce. Leafy greens, radishes, and snap peas are welcome sights after a season of heartier root vegetables. Albariño's versatility makes it an easy accompaniment for even hard-to-pair cuisine. Roast fresh asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and squeeze a bit of lemon over the top just before serving. The wine will complement the brightness of the lemon, and the acidity allows it to stand up to the distinct flavors of the asparagus. Albariño is also a natural pairing with fresh seafood and sushi -- delicious and healthy cuisine -- an added benefit as we shed heavy layers of clothing.
In these early days of spring, energies need to be revitalized, and brighter, lighter wines can lead the way. Use the anticipation of warmer weather as a chance to reinvigorate the senses with Spain's finest white wine -- zesty Albariño from Rías Baixas. For more information on Albariño from Spain or to become an official Albariño Explorer, visit http://www.albarinoexplorersclub.com.
For more information about Albariño or the region of Rías Baixas, or for wine samples, please contact Beth Cotenoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-605-0370.