Green Spain and Albarino…Viva la Diferencia! - Page 2
This pseudo-aromatic varietal is rarely effusive enough to be obnoxious, often revealing a delicate floral character that leads to flavors of peach, lime, young apple and citrus. All the while an ineffable, tangy, pleasantly bracing mineral quality is able to drive home the point that the brilliance and versatility of good quality Albarino from Rias Baixas is something to be appreciated. That appreciation can easily be soaked in by those who love wine, and by those who endeavor to enjoy the fine white wine and lighter fare of the area.
Very fortunately, when you visit Rias Baixas the ‘lighter fare’ is right there! Most manners of fish and shellfish find an instant foil in the Albarino grape, and most of the goods captured from the sea are sold directly to the local restaurants or fish market patrons – no one is flying any sushi into this part of the world!
In truth, there’s an uncanny beauty in the ability of signature varietal wines from a given area to have a sympathy and affinity for the foods of that given area, and the wines and food of Rias Baixas certainly display that harmony. Fresh and authentic are beautiful.
So, don’t think twice if you’re inclined to explore Spain’s Atlantic coast on your next sojourn to Europe. The diversity of Rias Baixas versus the rest of Spain’s warmer frontier is remarkable, and the bounty of Spain’s northwest is undeniable – when a swig of fresh and crisp Albarino meets the brine and texture of a fresh Galician sea scallop, it’s something to behold.