There are still people out there who proudly proclaim, “I don’t drink white wine, red is better.” I shake my head, but smile, because that means more Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, and Albariño for the rest of us.
Today it’s Albariño, 100 percent, from Rías Baixas DO, a 2014 from Viña Cartín. (The grape is believed to have been introduced to the region in the 12th century by Cistercian monks, and we should be thankful for the brothers’ handiwork, because Albariño can be a wonderful thing.) Open a bottle as an apéritif and serve it with crackers and homemade pimento cheese, or pair it with shrimp and pasta for dinner. I’ve done both, and my guests were pleased. You’ll enjoy nice minerality, along with citrus and stone fruit flavor — gentle lemon and creaminess make for a great finish. Alcohol is at 12 percent, and I served this bottle at 54-degrees Fahrenheit.
Ramiro Martinez Señorans is the man behind this wine; he made his fortune in the Spanish meat industry, and began making wine from grapes on his property for personal consumption only. After friends began demanding bottles from his inventory, he decided to build a winery — Bodegas Terras de Lantaño — which began production in 2005.
You can find the Viña Cartín at Houston Wine Merchant for $17.99.
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