Primarily known for its dominance in Rias Baixas in Galicia, Albariño also finds its home in Portugal and other regions of Northern Spain. It stands out from the crowd with its perfect balance of zippy acidity, lightness on the palate and lemon, grapefruit and nectarine on both the nose and palate. It shines when paired with seafood and fish dishes but makes for a delicious, light aperitif. On its home turf on the Atlantic coast, it’s common to see it paired with oysters, clams and mussels.
The surge in popularity of Albariño can be attributed to the trend for Spanish- style dining in the UK as well as the taste the UK has for fresh, high-acid whites. Now a firm favourite in everything from casual pub wine lists to sitting side by side with some of the world's most famed names in Michelin and rosette restaurants, Albariño has undoubtedly made an impact on UK drinkers in the past five years.
The Gotas Del Mar Albariño, new to the LWC portfolio, is a great wine to list to try out the trend – with a stylish striped bottle that really stands out. Full of the classic lemon and honeydew flavours this has a refreshing, bright acidity. This is a producer we are very excited to showcase and one to watch for the future.