Autumn is upon us, nights are drawing in and it’s raining again. Rain isn’t always the vine’s best friend but in Galicia it rains almost as much as it does in Wales, yet they still manage to turn out wine.
Albariño is a Spanish gem. Made from the same grapes as vinho verde, and just a few miles up the coast in the wine region of Rias Baixas, it’s a very different wine. I tried a Val do Sosego Albariño 2006 from Oddbins.
It’s pale with strong legs. It smells of peaches and apricots with a touch of citrus. Bone dry with a lemon crisp acidity. The stone fruit carries onto the palate with a lttle almond bitterness. It’s medium bodied with medium alcohol at 12.5%. The flavour lasts well and acts as a great balance to rich seafood.
Expect to pay about £7-8 a bottle.