AG Pick: Paco & Lola Albarino 2009

There’s something about Albariño that always puts me in a good mood.  Maybe it’s because I drink Albariño with fun foods like raw oysters and sushi, or that it’s one of my go-to wines on a warm and sunny day.

Though the weather may not be cooperating, I’m ready for springtime — and enjoying a glass of Albariño can transport me someplace warm.

Albariño is a white wine grape from Spain.  It is grown in the Rías Baixas region in the northwest, just north of Portugal.  You’ll also find it in Portugal, where it is called Alvarinho.

Albariño produces dry and fragrant wines that are high in acidity with moderate alcohol.

Imagine yourself on a beach or at a picnic — the the 2009 Paco & Lola Albariño is the wine you’d want to enjoy there.

Everything about this wine says fun, starting with the polka dot label.

Pale straw yellow in color, the Albariño is crisp and aromatic with floral and tropical fruit aromas.  On the palate are fresh flavors of white peach, pineapple, apricot and honeysuckle, with a hint of white flowers.  It’s bone-dry with nice minerality and a silky, refreshing finish.

Pair the Paco & Lola Albariño with shellfish, seafood, sushi, light pasta dishes and salads.  Or enjoy a glass as an aperitif outdoors on a warm day.

A bottle of the 2009 Paco & Lola Albariño costs around $20.

12.5% alcohol by volume