White wines made from albariño grapes are among my summer favorites because they tend to be crisp, lively and refreshing. Served chilled, they are delicious on a hot day and a perfect pair with fish and shellfish. Most of the world’s albariño comes from Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain on the Atlantic coast. That’s where these whites are nicknamed “The Wine of the Sea.” However, albariño grapes are also grown in other places including the United States. The following are fine examples from Galicia and California.
Klinker Brick Winery 2019 Albariño, Mokelumne River, Lodi, California
Bought • Southside Wine and Spirits, 4920 Hampton Avenue, in May for $15.99
Description • Lodi is famous for its bold red zinfandel, so finding an albariño from this part of California’s central valley was quite a surprise. And this one is a definite winner. Clean, light and crisp, it combines zesty lemony flavor with stone and melon fruit. This is an easy-to-drink white that has a refreshing acidity that makes you want to take another sip. It’s delicious as an aperitif wine or paired with seafood, salads and other light dishes.
Boal de Arousa 2019, Albariño, Viño da Terra de Barbanza e Iria, Spain
Bought • Southside Wine and Spirits, 4920 Hampton Avenue, in May for $14.99
Description • Highly aromatic, this albariño comes from a small family estate located on the Atlantic coast of Galicia. This is a richer style of albariño than the Klinker Brick with bigger body and more concentrated fruit. Aged for at least seven months on the fine lees, this is a very flavorful white with lots of character that tastes of citrus, melon and peach. It would go well with pulpo gallego, or Galician-style octopus, grilled fish and white meat.