o when I saw Miguel, I had recently tasted his Merlot, but was curious about his line up for the NY Drinks NY event. He had a wonderful line-up of fresh, bright , refreshing white wines. Just in time for summer!
Albariño or Alvarinho is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain), Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is actually the Galician name for the grape. In Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco. It was presumably brought to Iberia by Cluny monks in the twelfth century. Its name "Alba-Riño" means "the white [wine] from the Rhine" and it has locally been thought to be a Riesling clone originating from the Alsace region of France, although earliest known records of Riesling as a grape variety date from the 15th, rather than the 12th, century. It is also theorized that the grape is a close relative of the French grape Petit Manseng."
Dominique and I love Albarino. And you can get a large number of the Portuguese versions of this wine inexpensively. But this 2012 Palmer Albarino 500ml bottle is a rare treat. This is the only Albarino available on the Island. This is an extremely unique wine. This is a big bomb of acidity with bright, big green sour apple and citrus. Lovely, elegant, and highly drinkable. One of the ultimate summer whites.