kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Spain's bright whites

Spain's reds from the Rioja region have long been popular in the U.S., and those from Priorat have been gaining ground as well. In terms of white wine from Spain, Albarino from the Rias Baixas region is finally getting its due, and the U.S. is now the number 1 importer of Albarino .

A bright, light white wine, Albarino is a great match for seafood, and is a suitable alternative to Pinot Grigio or an unoaked Chardonnay. It's typically unoaked to retain its zing, but sometimes it goes through malolactic fermentation to tame it a bit. And, like many light whites, it's best enjoyed within a year or two after bottling, before the attractive fruit and acidity fade.

Incidentally, Albarino is used in Portugal to make the light, sometimes fizzy but always fun Vinho Verde wine--a nice choice for warmer weather when you are looking for a wine with low alcohol.