Welcome to Vine to Wine this is your host Linda Moran and today is Food & Wine pairing day. A couple of days ago I talked about one of my favorite summer wines Albarino. Today I want to share the foods that go with it.
The most popular white wine in Spain is the native white grape Albarino. So naturally one would guess that it goes very well with seafood. A shrimp dish of just about any type will be marvelous with Albarino. In fact shellfish in general, mussels and crab and clams, all simply sautee'd with olive oil, ginger, tomatoes and garlic, are superb when accompanied by a crisp glass of Albarino. I want to read a description I read about how this wine tastes quote "Fresh! Albarino wine is crisp and fragrant, with a virtual shopping cart of flavors and aromas: melon, pear, peach, tropical fruit, flowers. ... The acidity of Albarino wine often gives it an astringent, or "cleansing" quality, which enables the wine to pair especially well with spicy foods." Now doesn't that sound just so inviting? It will pair well with your summer chicken especially if it is marinated in something with an Asian twist to it. And of course I would be remiss if I didn't tell you how well it goes with the Spanish dish Paella. So there you have it some unusual and surprising combinations for food and wine. Enjoy! Remember to send your wine questions to Linda at vine to wine dot net and thanks for joining me on today's Vine to Wine.