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Heredad de Chavarri Albariño 2013
Rías Baixas DO, Spain

The 400 Blows (1959)
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Still evoking the rebelliousness and sense of modernity that it did fifty years ago, the French film movement known as the New Wave remains as fresh and fashionable as this trendy Albariño. Pair this small grape varietal with one of classic film’s youngest heroes – played by Jean-Pierre Leaud in a role that he would return to again and again. The youthfulness and poignancy of The 400 Blows may never go out of style.

THE WINE

Ruth Chavarri (below) is the fifth-generation winemaker behind some of our favorite Rioja reds. But she’s also a fan of super-fresh whites. When her family invested in the cool Rías Baixas region, she jumped at the chance to work there. Sip this seafood-perfect white, and you’ll be glad she did. The grapes were cool-fermented to introduce lovely secondary aromas (look for floral and herbal nuances). The wine spent nine months on its lees before bottling, for deliciously complex tropical fruit flavors.

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 the Rueda region’s Verdejo grape). It’s quickly gained a following, making appearances on trendy wine lists nationwide. It’s now also grown in the cooler-climate regions of California, Washington and Oregon. The grape’s marine note (sometimes it displays a faint, salty tang) is rather unique, but its refreshing character is reminiscent of top-notch Rieslings.

THE REGION

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.

WITH FOOD

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.

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