#NWTW Week 3: Albariño from North West Spain

For The Foodies, New Wine This Week, Spain, Whites

When I mentioned to Anthony that this was going to be my first choice of 2014 he seemed pretty happy.  And he should be.

The first time I really drank Albariño was on my stag do about 3 months ago in San Sebastian.  For anyone who’s never been over to San Sebastian, then change that immediately, it’s absolutely awesome.  It’s a small piece of heaven on earth for foodies and wine-o’s alike, and if you like lounging on the beach or surfing too, then you’ll be like a pig in shit!

So I had some great pairings of this fruit driven, aromatic white wine with a lot of fish based pinxos, which is kind of a basque version of tapas, but it needs to be skewered with a stick! (Pintxos is basque for ‘sticks’).  So I’m going to try recreate a little bit of that weekend with my mates this week by heading to the supermarket and having a go!

I’ve had a quick look at the web and come up with a few to choose from:

Majestic

Albariño, Martín Códax, 2012, Rias Baixas

£10.99 (if you buy 2 or more bottles)

Morrison’s

Eidosela Albariño, 2011, Rias Baixas

£13.49

Sainsbury’s

Taste The Difference Albariño, 2012, Rias Baixas

£7.99

Watch out for Ant’s blog which will be coming up with a few options from M&S, Waitrose, and Tesco’s.

This week I’m going to go for the Sainsbury’s option.  Apparently Ant’s had this one before and was very complimentary about it.  It also gives me a chance to pop into the car and do the big shop!

Chances are I’ll end up having the Majestic option too, just because they’re right over the road from my flat and I’ve got zero will power to not go in every week.

Morrison’s are in the box for the time being which is to do with their brain dead display policy.  They display wine under three headings – under £5, under £8, and over £8.  Not country.  Not grape.  Just price.  It’s impossible to find what you’re looking for without standing there for 10 minutes reading every bloody label!!!!  Sort it out Mr M!

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Thanks to everyone for getting involved with this.  Tell friends, family, and colleagues about it, let’s get everyone drinking better wine!  We’re having a great time with it, we hope you are too.

Cheers

10 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 3: Albariño from North West Spain

  1. It’s been a tough old week at work and I’ve got home at a decent time for a change on a Friday night. I’ve been looking forward to my Wine Society Exhibition Albarino since I put the order in on Thursday and I am chuffed to bits with it!

    Peaches and very mineral on the nose, like crushed seashells. Nice acid and medium body on the palate with red apple, peaches, a hint of white flowers and a delightful saline, mineral finish. Lovely and fresh, enormously thirst quenching and exceedingly moreish! 8/10

    I’m drinking it while waiting for a curry to arrive – probably not the best match – that would be ultra fresh shellfish, but what the heck, it’s bloody delicious!!

      1. The best I’ve had in a long time? Chicken tikka Dansak… Fantastic. The Albariño wasn’t too bad with it, but a slightly off-dry Riesling (NZ maybe) would’ve been perfect!

        What are your Albariño plans?

  2. I managed another Albariño last night… And good it was too!

    Martín Códax Albariño 2012, Rías Baixas, Spain (Majestic £12.99 or £10.99 when you buy 2)

    There are two Martin Codax Albarino’s available at Majestic, my strong recommendation is to pay the extra £2 for this one as the cheaper option is rather thin and flaccid. This one however, is not. Lots of peach upfront with a good appley acidic backbone. There is a hint of spicyness and very attractive salty-minerality adding to the complexity but what is really wonderful is the rich texture that fills and envelops your whole mouth. Really good stuff.

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