Think Albarino as an alternative to Chardonnay..

Last night we enjoyed a bottle of 2009 Laxas Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain.  Albarino, which literally translates as ‘grape’, is thought to be a Riesling clone and fits somewhere in between a Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

This wonderfully balanced Albarino had lovely aromas of floral perfume. Fresh and crisp on the palate with hints of melon and apricot. Smooth and lush on the finish with no bitterness.  We paired the ’09 Laxas with Salmon with smokey chipolte sauce and Spanakopita last night at Paul’s Homewood Cafe in Annapolis.

If you are looking for an alternative to Chardonnay, seek out some Albarinos from Spain. Look for the ’09 Laxas and it won’t disappoint or break the bank at $19 a bottle ($30 on the wine list at Paul’s, a reasonable markup). Cheers!

About Wine Everyday

Eileen Gross is the Chief Financial Officer for a financial services and risk management firm in Washington, DC. A 1983 Graduate of Fordham University, she is wine lover, traveler, and collector who shares her wine experiences on her blog “Wine Everyday." She is a contributing writer for, is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and The Wine Century Club.
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One Response to Think Albarino as an alternative to Chardonnay..

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