August 1st through August 4th are the international days of celebration for Albariño. As you can tell from one of my Instagram posts last week, I have already begun my own early celebration, tasting an Albariño from Rías Baixas. Traditionally, Albariño is grown in Rías Baixas, a wine region in Galicia, Spain. However, here in the U.S. state of Texas, grape growers are doing an outstanding job of producing some awesome Albariño too! On this special day, I’m high-lighting one of my favorite Albariño’s from my home state of Texas, and “The Grower Project”.
This fresh white wine is made with 100% Texas grapes from MAW Vineyard, Lubbock County, in the Texas High Plains AVA. The MAW Vineyard and Rowden family have been farming the Texas High Plains AVA for four generations planting two vineyards and began productions in 2014. The Texas High Plains AVA has proven to be a great environment for this Spanish grape varietal thriving in the semi-arid climate and sandy soils.
This 2018 Albariño is awe-inspiring tasty Meyer lemon and honeydew melon along with the high acidity was so delicious with my new appetizer obsession of sautéed shitshito peppers. I purchased this bottle of Grower Project Albariño at the Houston Wine Merchant for $21.99, but you can also find this wine directly at “The Grower Project”.
Happy Saturday, August 1st and international Albariño day!
Shazam! Shishito Peppers… I purchased at Costco for $5.49. So very easy to prepare, I sautéed peppers in sesame oil, one clove of crushed garlic, a dash of cumin, then salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!