Cathal McBride on wine: Albariño isn’t the new sauvignon blanc, it’s entirely its own thing
The same grape is known in Portugal as alvarinho, its character altered ever so slightly through different production methods
Albariño is often touted as the “new” sauvignon blanc. From the north-western coast of Spain in Galicia and northern Portugal, it’s also a wonderful grape in its own right. Crisp and refreshing, it has a saline minerality that makes this a superb pairing with all types of seafood.
Although they’re the same variety and separated by just two letters, I think it’s fair to say that the Spanish albariño is more commonly known here than ...