Albariño is the main grape of Rías Baixas (pronounced “REE-us BY-sh-us”), in Spain’s far northwestern corner. Often referred to as “Spain’s Ireland,” the verdant region is quite unlike the rest of Spain. Most grapes don’t do well in its wet, mild conditions, but thick-skinned Albariño, the world’s smallest grape variety, loves cooler, wetter climates, and thrives here.
Spain’s Galician coast is renowned for its seafood, and Albariño goes exceptionally well with local staples like grilled sardines with rosemary and lemon. Fresh swordfish or sea bass will also be tasty, as will oysters, mussels, clams and other shellfish. Not a seafood fan? Sip this with a crisp salad, or any white meat dish. With its slightly fuller body, it’d be great with pork chops.