Spring is finally in full swing! That means it’s the ideal time to grab some Rias Baixas Albariño and toast with friends and family virtually, of course – at least for now.
While we’ve been sheltering in place, we’ve also been connecting with wine enthusiasts all over the globe to share a glass of wine through inspiring meetups. Our latest issue covers that and much more with:
- An update from the region regarding the COVID-19 crisis
- A recap of our first-ever virtual happy hour
- 4 snacks to pair with Rias Baixas Albariño
- The Ultimate Rías Baixas Albariño Quiz
- Social highlights
- Rías Baixas in the news
News from the region
Although all around us it may seem the world has stopped, nature hasn’t. With bud break season upon us, work in the vineyards continues – albeit with new protocols for safety. The awakening of our vineyards gives us hope that by the time harvest 2020 arrives, we will have fully resumed our work and activities as usual.
Despite some unprecedented changes, our 2019 vintage has begun to reach shelves and tables around the world. The region reports that the 2019 harvest yield was 16% lower than 2018, and that the grapes were in excellent condition. In fact, at the February 2020 Mundus Vini Awards, the 2019 vintage wines were awarded 6 gold and 5 silver medals. They also received 2 silver Vinalies International medals. We look forward to hearing what you think about the 2019 vintage once you try it!
Happy Hour Highlights
On April 1st, we held our first-ever virtual Rias Baixas happy hour, led by two of our Voices of Albariño – Spanish Wine Scholar Kat Thomas and Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director.
Kat and Rick spent five days in the region in 2018 and were able to share personal anecdotes as they introduced the participants to the subregions and explained how the different terroirs of each result in a variety of Albariño styles. You can access the recording here to learn more.
We are grateful for being able to remain connected with you during these social distancing times. Please continue sharing with us your Rías Baixas Albariño adventures and at-home experiences @riasbaixaswines on Instagram and Twitter.
At-home Albariño Snack Guide
One of the many things friends and fans are sharing during social distancing is the wines and the foods they are indulging in from their homes. We decided to share some of our favorite pairings for your ultimate Rías Baixas snacking sessions. Read more.
How well do you know Albariño?
Think you’re a Rias Baixas Albariño expert? If you’re ready to put your wine chops to the test, then we have the perfect activity for you. This month we are debuting a new feature on our website—the Ultimate Rias Baixas Albariño Quiz! Head there to test your knowledge, then share your results with friends on social tagging @riasbaixaswines for bragging rights and a chance to be entered to win a special gift from the region. Click here to get in the game!
TOP 5 TAGS! Popular Posts from Instagram
From our virtual tasting to stay-at-home survival tips, our friends and followers have been sipping and sharing the very best of Rías Baixas Albariño throughout the season. We have chosen some highlights from Instagram to help inspire wine lovers everywhere. Follow us @RiasBaixasWines on Instagram + Twitter + Facebook to get more insights on our wineries and upcoming events. Tag us for your chance to be featured in our next newsletter! Read more.
We are making Headlines!
Rías Baixas Albariño equals adventure in lifestyle, food and winemaking. Check out the latest articles on The Manual, Food & Wine, Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, and Springfield Business Journal for the inside scoop.