It seems like a lot of California wineries these days are jumping on the Spanish AlbariÃ±o bandwagon. Why? Because this wine is tasty, crisp, and refreshing. It is a wonderful diversion from the popular varietals of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. It screams for seafood. At the Tapas Grand Tasting we were delighted to find a good number of the wineries pouring samples of AlbariÃ±o wine.
We love everything about AlbariÃ±o wine and we drink it often. When we were in Spain in 2007 we visited the tiny town of Cambados. The town is the center of the Rias Baixas wine region where the AlbariÃ±o grape is almost exclusively grown. We happened to be in Cambados at harvest time. What a treat! There are many very small AlbariÃ±o vineyards, farmed by homeowners, surrounding Cambados. They passionately farm their vineyards with many using no poisons or fertilizers. We watched at the Martin CÃ³dax co-op winery as these farmers proudly brought in their grapes to be part of the co-op bounty.