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Barón de Barbón Albariño 2016
Rías Baixas DO, Spain

Fanny (1961)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer, and Maurice Chevalier are three of the most beloved French actors, and they’re brought together onscreen in Joshua Logan’s Marseille-set drama about a young woman who settles for a marriage of convenience after her young lover goes off to sea. Pair it with another seaside charmer, this crisp Spanish white with a fruit-filled character and mouthwatering finish.

THE WINE

Hugely acclaimed Spanish wine specialists, Julián and Javier Murúa, make our best-selling Barón de Barbón Rioja wines. Now, they’ve turned to Galicia’s Rías Baixas region to deliver their take on Albariño, Spain’s No. 1 white. This lovely exclusive is crafted with hand-harvested grapes grown in the premium Salnés Valley, where windswept, rolling hills and the nearby Atlantic Ocean yield Albariño with pristine freshness and vibrant fruit character. Look forward to expressive floral notes, plus crisp citrus and ripe tropical fruit flavors. A perfect match for seafood.

THE GRAPE

Hailed by Jancis Robinson as a “fashionable, highquality, fresh, aromatic variety,” Albariño is one of Spain’s two flagship whites (the other is Verdejo). It’s quickly gained a following, making appearances on trendy wine lists across the country – especially in fine seafood restaurants. The grape’s faint, salty tang is rather unique, but its refreshing character can be reminiscent of top-notch Rieslings.

THE REGION

VY_Spain_sin-palabras-albarino-vineyard-slopeRías Baixas (pronounced REE-us BYsh-us), is nestled in Spain’s northwestern corner. It’s a verdant, rainy region – quite unlike the rest of the country. As Food & Wine’s Ray Isle puts it: “It’s the one part of Spain where the locals are more likely to have a glass of white in hand than red.” While most red grapes don’t do well in the region’s wet, mild conditions, thick-skinned Albariño thrives here.

WITH FOOD

stew_paella_2When it comes to wine and food pairing, we suggest following this axiom: “if it grows together, it goes together.” And in Rías Baixas, seafood is king. This classic Albariño will be delicious with fresh sardines, pan-seared scallops, or seafood-based paella. If you’re not a seafood fan, try herb-encrusted roast chicken or simple pork chops with a pear reduction.

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