Name: Burgans Albariño
Region: Rias Baixas, Spain
Price: $11.99 to $15.00
Living vicariously through SK's travels, I am daydreaming of Spanish wine. I see a coastal town, an outdoor café, plates of fresh seafood, glasses of Albariño and then siesta!
Thought to be Spain's finest white wine, Albariño is grown in Spain's northwest corner, near Galicia, just above the border of Portugal. In Portugal, Albariño is called Vinho Verde, due to the wine's slightly green hue.
Classic Albariño is identified by its almond paste smell, although it can also have peach, lemon and floral scents. However don't let the heady and perfumed nose fool you; this is not a heavy and rich wine. On the contrary, Albariño has bracing acidity, which makes it delightfully refreshing and an excellent companion to many foods.
Burgans by Bodega Martin Codex, is one of the largest proponents of Albarino and quite possibly one of the best producers. This is a young wine that should not be aged but consumed right away. Right now, 2004 is the best vintage to buy.
Stores: Acker & Merral $11.99, 160 W 72nd Street (between Amsterdam & Columbus), Astor Wines & Spirits $12.99, 399 Lafayette (at 4th Street), Crush Wines & Spirits $13.99, 153 E. 57th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Ave), Discovery Wines $14.99, 10 Avenue A (between Houston & 2nd), The Greene Grape $15.00, 765 Fulton Street (at Greene Street in Brooklyn).