Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced its 18th Annual Wine Star Award Nominees and Galicia, home to the region of Rías Baixas, is among the prestigious group of wine regions from around the globe that were chosen for recognition. According to the editors, among the reasons behind selecting our renowned region of Spain is delicious, well-priced Albariño: “Racy, refreshing and aromatic, Albariño has put Galicia on the wine lover’s map. In this distinctive region, they speak Galician, eat enormous amounts of seafood, and appreciate fine wine.”
We are thrilled by this honor and are hopeful that because of the affection wine lovers worldwide have for Albariño from Rías Baixas, the region of Galicia will be Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2017 Wine Region of the Year.
For additional information on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 18th Annual Wine Star Award Nominees, click here.
With the sizzling heat of summer reaching its heights, there’s no better time to grab a bottle of crisp, refreshing Albariño. This season is also the ideal time for some ceviche, a cool delicious dish that’s warm weather food favorite. Our friends, World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, recently wrote about three enticing recipes paired to perfection with equally invigorating Albariños for The Huffington Post. Check out the article here, and then Tweet us. We want to know what some of your go-to summer meals are as well!
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, Contributor
The World Wine Guys
It is already a hot summer in most of the US, and who wants to fire up the stove to make dinner after a long day of work? When temperatures soar, pour yourself a crisp glass of wine and toss together a light dinner for yourself, your family, and your friends.
It is already a hot summer in most of the US, and who wants to fire up the stove to make dinner after a long day of work? When temperatures soar, pour yourself a crisp glass of wine and toss together a light dinner for yourself, your family, and your friends. Most of the ingredients for these easy recipes can be purchased already cooked from your local seafood store. All you need to do is add a few ingredients such lime juice, chopped peppers and onions, and spices.
These three ceviches are light and fresh and require refreshing wines for the perfect pairing. That’s why we chose three Albariños from Rias Baixas, in Spain’s verdant northwest. The region is known for producing wines with bracing minerality, zesty citrus flavors, and a true sense of the place where they are grown. Locals in Rias Baixas enjoy their Albariño with freshly shucked oysters, simply grilled fish, and salpicon, a Spanish precursor to South America and Mexico’s popular ceviche.
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This week has been a big one for celebrating Albariño. In addition to International Albariño Day on Tuesday, the Albariño Festival in Cambados is also underway through Sunday. Even if you can’t make it to the region, you can still raise a glass in celebration with a little bit of help from Hayley Hamilton Cogill, CS/CSW, co-founder of Cogill Consulting. Check out her thoughts on Albariño during her recent visit to KXAS-TV/NBC in Dallas. Just click on the picture above to view the full video!
MAY 17, 2017
Story: Michael Austin
21 marks the official start to summer. That means outdoor barbecues, patio dining and succulent seafood will be front and center for the season. Of course, you already know that because of Rias Baixas’ location on the gorgeous coast of Galicia, seafood is abundant throughout the region and Albariño is the signature white wine that pairs to perfection with every dish.
But it’s not just in Spain where this combination is a go-to for gourmet food and wine lovers – just ask Michael Austin of The Chicago Tribune. In his recent article, “Albarino: Your Wine for About Anything Pulled from the Sea,” Austin gives the varietal plenty of high praise: “It can be a pleasant aperitif and certainly can carry its weight through an entire seafood-themed repast. Worth every dollar.”
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As the summer season heads our way, there is plenty of buzz building around Albariño. Not only are travelers getting ready to visit Spain, but stateside, people are preparing to open up their beach houses, lake homes and backyards all across the country. The perfect pairing for these occasions is of course Albariño.
Albariño is ideal with a vast range of dishes – especially seasonal favorites such as seafood and grilled veggies. Its crisp, refreshing taste is a tantalizing example of Rias Baixas. Influences of the area’s unique coastal terroir are seamlessly captured and released straight to bottle, so consumers feel transported through every tasting.
But it’s not just a sensory feast for the palate that has people excited – the region itself remains a singular experience in its visual appeal. Affectionately known as Green Spain, Galicia (home to Albariño) is located in the nation’s northwest corner. It features a lush landscape punctuated by breathtaking hillsides complete with beautiful castles, vineyards and manor houses. This combination of natural, cultural and historic surroundings make for envy-worthy images and experiences. Don’t believe us? Then check out our latest flipbook highlighting some of the media’s most recent top articles on Albariño.
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In Spain’s Rías Baixas region, crisp, mineral-driven albariño is king. Here, everything you need to know about Spain’s quintessential coastal white wine.
The Punch Staff knows all about the stylistic spectrum that Rías Baixas Albariño is capable of inhabiting, and in their latest article – “Everything You Need to Know About Albariño – they share with their readers several insights on this archetypal coastal wine. They also delve into the region’s four rivers, five sub-regions, traditional style and emerging expressive possibilities, which are being expanded upon by the regional producers.
“While its wines, fittingly, are most often drunk young and celebrated as a match for hyper-local, seafood-driven dishes, winemakers in this still-maturing DO are looking to broaden this stylistic spectrum,” notes the writer. They also contend that “Albariño, whether in single-varietal expressions or in blends, is especially versatile in this part of the world.”
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MAY 18, 2017
Story: MARK ANGELILLO
For Snooth’s co-founder and chief taster, Mark Angelillo, “Rías Baixas is a bastion of white wines in a country dominated by reds.” On May 4, Mark Angelillo had the challenge (and the pleasure) of tasting ten wines from Rias Baixas in just sixty minutes and shared with us his journey to the heart of the Albariño region.
Angelillo was joined by Advanced Sommelier Jill Zimorski to guide through ten of the region’s premier selections. Several hundred wine writers and wine lovers participated in the virtual tasting and more than 2,500 people have already watched the video. Don’t miss these world-class white wines!
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Watch the virtual tasting video here
Spain’s Rías Baixas has long been influenced by its proximity to the sea, and its wines are no exception. Here, a visual tour of the region, where tradition, and albariño, reign supreme.
MAY 11, 2017, by LIZZIE MUNRO
Among the first things you’ll notice in Rías Baixas, a small, winemaking region tucked inside Spain’s Galicia, are the clock-like rhythms of the water. On a recent morning in the coastal town of O Grove, the local estuary was so shallow and empty that its sandy soils, slick with moisture, were as reflective as glass. It’s hard to imagine that just hours before, that same bed had been at high tide, deep and capped by waves barreling in from the Atlantic.
Unlike much of Spain, which borders on the Mediterranean Sea, Rías Baixas (and all of Galicia, for that matter) is marked by a unique, maritime climate—a detail perhaps most evident in the local fishing villages. There, the ebbs of the ocean have provided something of an industrial lifeblood for centuries; even today, in the neighborhood of San Tomé, receding waters bring dozens of women (known as mariscadoras) out into the shoals each day to dig for shellfish by hand—just as they did generations ago.
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Award-winning wine author Mark Oldman claims Albariño from DO Rías Baixas in Galicia, Spain is his favorite white wine!
Albariño combines bright aromas with natural minerality, crisp acidity & layers of complexity allowing them to pair with a range of cuisine. From Byblos in South Beach, Miami, Mark gives us an inside look into the versatility of the Albariño grape and explains why it is the #1 alternative to Chardonnay.
Albariño, the #1 Alternative to Chardonnay, According to Mark Oldman.
Elaine and Scott Harris
Leo Tolstoy opined “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” Those changes can be as subtle as altering one’s everyday wine habit. Many people are quick to reach for that glass of go-to chardonnay as day turns into dusk, but how about trying something a little different in 2017? Get out of the wine rut and venture into the world of Spanish whites. You may be pleasantly surprised.