I’ve noticed that when I’ve been out in restaurants recently, the white wine I tend to look for is Spain’s Albarino.
From a wine producing country far better known for its reds, it would be fair to say that this is a fairly new kid on the block, little known even 10 years ago.
Its home is in the North West area of Galicia, which is very damp and cool.
It makes a wine very young and fresh.
It is rarely wood-aged and has a lovely acidity, balancing notes of white peaches and apricots.
It works perfectly with fish.
It’s never going to be cheap, but I suggest you drink the wine when it’s as young as possible.
Tesco Finest Albarino 2011, Rias Baixas (Tesco, £7.99) is a good place to start, with a really inviting nose of peaches and tropical fruit – delicious.
TOP TIPPLE: Leiras Albarino 2011, Rias Baixas
This is the real deal. It has a gorgeous nose of peach, pears, quince and some citrus notes.
This is followed by a fresh, supple and quite viscous palate with zesty acidity and a really persistent finish.
When the summer finally arrives, this is going to be great with fresh, simply prepared seafood.
Hermitage Cellars, £9.65