Looking For A Great Albariño/Alvarinho?

Let the WineAlign Critics help you find the Right Wine for the Right Price, Right Now!

Get Your Free Access Now

Top 5 Albariño/Alvarinho at the LCBO

Valtea Albariño 2016, Do Rías Baixas Bottle Valtea Albariño 2016, Do Rías Baixas

Rias Baixas, Spain
518019

+
Albarino Laxas 2015 Bottle Albarino Laxas 2015

Rias Baixas, Spain
21477

+

Find the BEST wines in YOUR price range

  • Over 125,000 wines reviewed and ranked
  • Reviews from Canada's top professional wine critics
  • Articles by Canada's best wine writers
Start drinking better wine now

Latest Articles

Next Level Chianti Classico


Tasting through 175 Chianti Classico DOCG from the last three vintages confirms the territory’s ability to consistently achieve another level of quality Passport to Chianti Classico In February of this year John Szabo M.S. and I made our annual pilgrimage to Tuscany for the Chianti Classico Collection. We tasted through more than 200 examples of […] More

Top Values at the LCBO (June 2020)


Bargains by the Dozen by Steve Thurlow There are many big discounts this month at the LCBO for me to tell you about. Also I have been tasting new vintages of some of my favourites and a few are better then the last vintage and so joined the list. So there are lots of new […] More

Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES May 16, 2020


USA Spotlight Comes at a Rough Moment By David Lawrason, with notes from Michael Godel and John Szabo There are two features to this Vintages release: Women in Wine and Spotlight USA.  Both themes were plotted months ago, pre-Covid. But of course all the best laid plans have fallen apart. We have not been able […] More

National Wine Awards of Canada

Discover Canada's best wines! In 2016, 22 judges tasted 1,535 wines from 230 wineries across the country to identify Canada's top wines.

View Award-Winning Wines

World Wine Awards of Canada

Seventeen judges tasted 1,000 wines in 21 categories in 2015 to find the world's best wines sold in Canada under $50.

View Award-Winning Wines



Albariño/Alvarinho

Albariño is the primary grape used to make dry white wine in the Rias Baixas (Lower Inlets) section of the Galicia region of Northwestern Spain. Considered by many to be Spain's premier quality white wine, Albariño is also known in Portugal as Alvarinho and often used as a component of Vinho Verde. Weather conditions in the Rias Baixas are generally cool, windy and rainy. Vines must be trained high and open to allow winds to dry them out and avoid the ongoing threat of rot, mildew and other fungal diseases. Notably, Albariño grapes develop thick skins here, contributing to their intense aromas. Typically, wines made from Albariño are very aromatic, often described as having scents of almonds or almond paste, apples, peaches, citrus, and flowers or grass. Albariño wines are particularly suited to seafood due to their bracing acidity - which some producers have tempered with extra roundness, by aging the wines on lees, giving them a fuller texture. This grape's inherent tartness should be embraced in youth, for wines made from albariño do not age well, and the vibrant aromas begin to noticeably fade within months of bottling.