We’re massively excited to announce that our very own Albariño is now being stocked in Sainsbury’s, so much so that we’ve written a whole blog post so you can get to know this lesser known grape.
So step aside Pinot Grigio. Pipe down Chardonnay. Albariño is the new white wine in town, and it’s looking fresh.
So what even is Albariño, you ask?
Attention all Riojas- Albariño is soon to steal the spotlight as the most talked about Spanish wine. The Albariño grape stems from the northwest of Spain on the coast of Galicia in the Rías Baixas region to be exact – a region where it rains more than it does in Manchester – who knew that was possible? Although this grape is spreading its wings and trying to flourish in places like Australia and California, it won’t forget that it performs best in its natural habitat in northern Spain. So this humble grape needs to withstand the cold, wind and rain but its thick skin (literally) contributes to its intense aromas and all round awesomeness, making it a real winner and hard to beat.
So, not quite the region for a bit of winter sun, but perfect for this aromatic number and results in lip-smacking flavours of grapefruit, peach and tropical fruits. Sounds delicious, right?
For all you die-hard Sauvignon fans out there, Albariño is right up your street – Dry? Yes. Crisp? Absolutely. Fresh? Hell yes.
So what should you drink it with?
When you’re wandering through the supermarket, picking up almost every item to fulfill a Tuesday night craving, fear not! Albariño’s fresh, crisp and easy to drink attitude means it goes with most food including rich, salty, oily, fatty, spicy and tart food. The winning pairing is definitely with seafood though–it’s a match made in windy, rainy, Spanish heaven.
So when you’re next in Sainsbury’s (or Co-op, Bargain Booze or Nisa stores!) grab a bottle of this punchy Spanish number and you’ll see why we think it is a Most Wanted wine.
We’ve taken the liberty of listing some ideas on how to spend a night with Albariño: Choose One, Sit Back, and Enjoy
Girls night in after a long week? For your friends stuck in a Sauvignon rut, Albariño is there to save the day.
Friends over for dinner? Albariño pairs perfectly with fresh fish and seafood.
Party for one with a film and some pizza? Albariño has got it covered.
Craving spicy food after a plain day at the office? Albariño stands up to the chilli.
Romantic sushi date? Albariño tastes as fresh as the tuna