2019 Laxas Albariño $11

Any time of the year is excellent for enjoying an Albariño wine, but even more so now during summertime weather. Albariño is the Spanish grape from the Rias Baixas region of Spain. Albariño is a dry wine with citrus characteristics and a bit of minerality. Right now, Costco is carrying the 2019 As Laxas Albariño for $10.99. I purchased a half-case at the Foster City Costco. I also see it at the Spanish Table for $18, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant for $16, and the Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Shop for $19. That Costco price is one heck of a deal.

Why we like the Bodegas AS 2019 Laxas Albariño

Laxas Albarino 2019
2019 Laxas Albariño

The Bodegas As Laxas Albariño is a delicious wine! The flavors are lemon and lime, some honey, and stoniness. The wine is dry with gentile acidity. The alcohol is 12.5%, a perfect sipping wine. I must admit that I like most Albariño wines from Spain, but this one is not only very tasty but hard to beat at $11. James Suckling, the esteemed wine critic, gives the 2019 Laxas a whopping 92 Points. My point rating is 89. If you have not tried an Albariño before, give the Laxas a try. The closest variety of grape to the Albariño is perhaps a dry Riesling grape. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc lovers, you must encourage yourself to try the Albariño grape. It is a totally different experience.

Many wineries in California and Oregon are growing Albariño and producing great Albariño wines. However, they do taste different and, for the most part, are more expensive than the Spanish Albariño wines. A few producers are Brecon Estate in Paso Robles, Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, and Abacela winery in the Umpqua Valley.

Food matches for the 2019 Laxas Albariño

These are lovely ways to enjoy the Laxas Albariño: Shellfish, pasta with shrimp, grilled veggies, and one of my favorites, Padron peppers sauteed in olive oil with some coarse sea salt.

Padron peppers with Laxas Albarino
Padrons with the Laxas – perfect Tapas match

Janelle and I spent a week in the area of Rias Baixas and loved the town of Cambadas. This small village celebrates the Albariño grape harvest in style. If you are ever pondering a trip to Spain, consider a trip to the Galicia area and visit Albariño wine country. Check out our adventures.

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