A Bracing Albariño for the Coming Hot Weather

A Bracing Albariño for the Coming Hot Weather

Pair this refreshing wine with your next seafood meal

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It’s no secret that the Albariño grape, from the northwestern Spanish province of Galicia, is a top choice for accompanying seafood. And it’s especially wonderful on one of those hot, muggy days when the fruits of the sea are most appreciated and the right wine makes the perfect match. The popularity of this wine has plenty of so-so products flooding the market, but here’s a terrific one (and well-priced) from Condes de Albarei. The high quality of the 2015 vintage comes shining through here!

2015 Albarei Albariño, Condes de Albarei $14 srp

Brilliant lemon yellow color. A delightful nose of peach, banana, salty energy and a touch of mint. Mouth-watering flavors continue with a texture of creamy peach and the tang of a clementine on a medium-bodied frame. The finish is long, refreshing and bracing. All manner of sushi or lightly broiled seafood will rejoice. Drink now-2018.

90/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.