19 Jan A vivid, energetic white – La Caña Albariño
The world of wine is immense, far-reaching and deep…
almost too deep…brimming with variety and options.
It can be overwhelming.
When faced with dozens, sometimes hundreds,
of different types of wine to choose from,
there’s a tendency to simply go with what we know.
Oftentimes that tried-and-true standby
is a domestically-produced wine.
But there are many intriguing wines produced outside the U.S.
that are, at the very least, worthy of a test drive.
It’s Wine Thursday!
Once a week, we check out a good wine
that sells at a reasonable price
and is easy to find at retail and/or online.
That “easy to find” requirement can be challenging
when it comes to the majority of the world’s wines.
Most retailers (brick-and-mortar or online) don’t carry
a large selection of global wines.
But this week, we’re highlighting a Spanish white
that is widely available…and certainly worth looking into.
Where it’s from
This week’s wine is unique in several ways. It’s a cool-climate white
from a country that is much better known for its warm-weather reds, Spain.
The producer, La Caña, is based in the northwestern section
of Spain known as Galicia which hugs the Mediterranean coastline.
The grapes are not grown in traditional rows but in pergolas, pictured above,
which allow breezes to flow through and dry the grapes
after the frequent showers that are typical for Galicia.
What it is
Albariño’s flavor profile is also unique.
This is a fresh, bright, slightly tart wine
with a hint of effervescence
that lends energy and zest to the finish.
La Caña’s version has a vivid acidity
and rich complexity not present in
Make a mental note: when the warm weather returns,
this wine will serve as a terrific summer aperitif
but in the meantime, you can pair it with any spicy food
such as Thai, Vietnamese and Indian dishes.
Where to buy it
You can find La Caña Albariño at Total Wine for $18.99.
Safeway and Albertsons list it at $19.99.
The price at Bev Mo is $21.99.
You can order it from PJ Wine for $14.97
Woods Wholesale Wine has it for $14.98
Stirling Fine Wines has it for $14.99
It’s the same price at Buy Rite Wine – $14.99
Wine.com lists it at $16.99
Mad Wine sells it for $16.99 also
and B-21’s listed price is $17.98