I am a huge fan of the Albariño grape variety and last year I was lucky enough to visit the grape’s spiritual home in Spain’s northwestern Galicia region with the O’Briens management team (read about our visits here & here). During the visit we met up with David Geary from Bodeaga Paco y Lola for a first look at the brand new Albariño that would be landing on our shelves this year. I tweeted a Sneak Peek from a little seafood restaurant on the Galician coast back in August.
The #OBriensWineTour crew are off again in @AFontedoVino in #Galicia. These @pacolola Albariño are a perfect match for the fresh local seafood dishes. The Follas Novas is in the shops now but the Ophalum is our new Albariño hitting the shelves next year. #wine #winelover pic.twitter.com/hn3lkJ7wZQ
— O’Briens Wine (@OBriensWine) August 8, 2018
The store managers were equally enamoured by this wine and also took to the Twitter machine: since then we have had customers asking when it would land in-store! This proves how popular this wine style is in Ireland right now and how much our loyal customers trust our store managers’ recommendations.
Well, I am delighted to announce that the wait is over and that this stunning little wine has finally hit our shop floors. To give our customers an opportunity to try it for themselves we have Ophalum Albariño on promotion through to the end of April with €6 Off!
This zesty Albariño is made exclusively for O’Briens Wines by the Paco y Lola winery in the Salnés Valley. This valley is in the heart of Rías Baixas’ northern vineyards. Their close proximity to the cooling influence of the Atlantic ocean and exposure to the storms that regularly roll in off the sea gives a crisp freshness and refreshing saline mineral quality to the wine. Opahlum offers the typical pear and citrus fruit profile of Galician Albariño with this salinity on the long tropical fruit finish. If you are a fan of our Contrapunto Albariño you will adore this fantastic new addition to our range.
ALBARIÑO FOOD MATCH:
The crisp acidity and saline character makes this wine an ideal pairing to cut through oily fish tapas dishes. Sardines or Mackerel are delicious cooked over a BBQ flame. A squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of salt for a delicious food and wine pairing.