Thanks to everyone who participated in the sixth International Albariño Days, August 2-7, 2017, and shared their experiences online with the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta.
In past years we celebrated only one day, but going forward we'll be celebrating for a whole week - to coincide with the Fiesta del Albariño held in the small coastal town of Cambados, Spain during the first week of August. Albariño is traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain, and produces crisp, acidic white wines ideal for summer evenings and seafood pairings. It is also grown in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho. Now it is being grown in North America, so we’re celebrating with International Albariño Day.
(For six fun facts on Albariño, watch this two-minute video from Karen MacNeil, author of the Wine Bible. We encourage you to go to KarenMacNeil.com and sign up for WineSpeed, Karen's Friday afternoon tip sheet of wine advice and wine recommendations!)
Looking forward to 2018: We encourage wineries, wine shops, restaurants, bars, and everyone else to hold special events during Albariño Days! Whether or not you attend an organized event, use #AlbarinoFiesta to connect with fellow Albariño enthusiasts worldwide!
from PullThatCork.com - Let’s Celebrate Albariño!
from WineFolly.com - All About Albariño Wine
Here are a few of the International Albariño Day
events that took place in 2017:
Celebrate International Albariño Day in Lodi the 1st weekend of August.
There is no ticket needed, just come by any participating tasting room, pick up a guidebook, and get started on this self-guided tour of 6 wineries. You'll discover some fantastic wines, all of the Spanish varietal called Albariño! This tour is sure to enhance your appreciation for this varietal. Sounds like fun! You can start your tour at any of the participating wineries.
Each of the wineries on the tour will be pouring their fantastic take on Albariño, each one different from the next:
At Bokisch Vineyards tasting room, you'll get a taste of three Albariños from three different vineyards. This side-by-side comparison is a fun exploration of the difference terroir can make. Bokisch is also releasing their 2016 Andrus Island Albariño this weekend!
At Dancing Coyote, taste their Estate Grown 2016 Albariño, then buy a full case for $99, that's over 30% discount!
Estate Crush will feature their 2016 Albariño from Bokisch Vineyards along with its August menu with fifteen additional wines.
At Klinker Brick you'll taste their "Best of Class" 2016 Albariño, enjoy 15% off Albariño purchases, and get a taste of their delicious Albariño sorbet.
Mettler Family Vineyard will be pouring their Estate Grown Albariño, a true summer treat, and some of their other unique varietals.
At Oak Farm Vineyards you can experience their 2016 Albariño plus 8 other wines on their tasting list and enjoy their beautiful tasting room with live music on Saturday.
For more information on the Lodi Tour of Albariño, check out "From the Vine: Spanish albariño finds home in Lodi."
Verdad (Los Olivos, CA) is offering free shipping and 15% off 6 bottles or more in honor of International Albariño Days!
The Downtown Historic District in Winters, CA presents the 2nd Annual Albariño Wine Stroll!
Saturday, August 5, from 4-7 pm, in honor of International Albariño Day, come and celebrate the "Wine of the Day" with us as we take you on a Spanish inspired Wine Stroll throughout the heart of Downtown Winters.
Turkovich Family Wines and Berryessa Gap Vineyards have partnered with Preserve Market and Putah Creek Cafe to offer you Albariño & Tapas pairings at each location, as well as a full tasting of Spanish varietals in each winery tasting room!
Wine Stroll Passports are $20.00 per person and can be purchased online or in the downtown tasting rooms of Turkovich Wines & Berryessa Gap.
Abacela (Roseburg, OR) will be celebrating Albariño all week long!
Abacela invites you to join them either in the Umpqua Valley, or virtually using the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta.
Albariño, indigenous to Northwestern Spain and Northern Portugal, and made into wines of the Rías Baixas and Vinho Verde respectively, has been grown on Abacela's estate vineyards since 2000. That is reason enough to celebrate! Learn more about Albariño and get event details. Take a picture of your Albariño festivities-travels-antics and submit it via email or social media, and be put in a drawing for a prize!
August 2-7 - Discounted by-the-glass specials. Albariño Tasting Flight including the 2013 Albariño, 2013 Albariño Roble, 2015 Albariño, 2015 Albariño Roble, 2016 Albariño and 2016 Albariño Private Selection. Sit out on the plaza with a Spanish Cheese plate, or Plaza Plate comprised of Spanish meats, cheeses, Marcona almonds, olives and Romesco sauce.
In addition to the above - single-day events include:
Wednesday and Saturday - Extended Albariño Tasting Flight, including Library selections of 2007 Albariño and 2011 Albariño.
Friday - Pizza Friday starts early on August 4th (noon-6 pm) with Albariño inspired pizzas, hot from the Spanish horno oven. Or take a Yellow Capsule Wagon Tour at 3 pm with focus on Albariño blocks in the vineyard; learn how and where Abacela grows Albariño and why this property is perfectly matched for the varietal.
Sunday - Live guitar with Jason Heald, 1-4 pm. Kitchen will be serving tacos from 12-4 pm. Choice of Albariño braised Pork with fresh Pico de Gallo, Cumin Crema and Cotija, or Oregon Bay Shrimp with Chimichuri, Pico de Gallo and Cotija.
Longoria (Lompoc, CA) is offering complimentary tastings of their 2016 Albariño during Albariño Days.
They're also offering special pricing on 2016 Albariño, in their webstore and tasting room, from August 2nd through August 7th. Cool off on a hot summer day with a glass of Albariño, or enjoy with some delicious seafood!
Watch this space for more details and events! If you're interested in organizing an event or becoming a sponsor, please contact TAPAS!