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Albarino Dinner Pairing Menu

So you order a bottle of Albarino from Galicia, Spain (northwest) at your favorite  and are now looking at the food menu.  You can just order shrimp and a light fish,but you’re looking for a more exciting dining experience.  When you are set on your wine choice but willing to go a little further afield with your food, consider letting your sommelier create a beautifully paired dinner that honors the things you already love while also taking you just a little bit out of your culinary comfort zone. Let’s start with something you know with this Albarino dinner and then go from there… Sound good?



Albarino Dinner Pairing #1:  Goat Cheese and Almonds

The high acid from the Albarino cuts into the creamy, soft, and tart goat cheese. That same acidity is perfect with the saltiness of almonds. This is the best way to begin your dining experience with Albarino.
Recipe: Goat Cheese and Almonds


Albarino Dinner Pairing #2: Maryland Crab Cake

I know it’s not “tapas” but the softness, sweet, and saltiness of baked crab cakes can absorb the acidity and tartness of Albarinos. Trust me, this pairing makes me happy.
Recipe: Maryland Crab Cakes


Albarino Dinner Pairing #3: Steamed Mussels

Let’s actually go back and now focus on Spanish tapas. Galicia, where the wine is from, comes from a climate with a tremendous seafood influence. One of my all-time favorite pairings is preparing steamed mussels in white wine. The salt and chewy mussels matches the acid and light finish of the Albarino is a must-have with some toast.
Recipe: Steamed Mussels


Albarino Dinner Pairing #4: Flan

Give me vanilla mold flan along with a citrus sorbet and whipped cream and the Albarino will amplify the desserts sweet flavors with lively fruit flavors and tartness. A great way to finish the meal.
Recipe: Spanish Flan

Thank you for trusting me. Enjoy!


Mario Luna
Certified Sommelier
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