#NWTW Week 3: Albariño from North West Spain

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:


Albariño, Martín Códax, 2012, Rias Baixas

£10.99 (if you buy 2 or more bottles)


Eidosela Albariño, 2011, Rias Baixas



Taste The Difference Albariño, 2012, Rias Baixas


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.




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