By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albarino … should you put a bottle in the trolley or leave it on the shelf?
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albarino blurb reads: ‘A zingy and refreshing wine with aromas of peach and apricots, hints of lime and crisp mineral acidity.’
OK: The albarino grape? It is a white, thick skinned, heavily pipped low yielding grape from Spain. Not the vine of choice for any of the world’s viticulturists or oenologists. Indeed, if albarino grapes were found by one of the big brands’ ‘grape-counters’ – they would have them ripped out and replaced with a high yielding vine, quicker than you could pull a cork on a bottle of chardonnay. The downside to the low yielding albarino grape is that its wine will never be at a bargain basement price. For example, Sainsbury’s own brand Taste the Difference Albarino, hovers around £8 and the best producers will sell it for £10+.
The tasting note: Want something different from the ever-popular chardonnay and the grassy sauvignon blanc? Grab a bottle of this well-crafted dry white wine that’s produced from Spain’s little known Albarino grape. Will your wine savvy mates be impressed? You bet!
Ingredients: Albarino grapes, yeast and sulphites
Can you drink it? Not if you are avoiding alcohol, yeasts or sulphites, but it is suitable for both Vegans & Vegetarians.
Should you put a bottle in the trolley? Grab a bottle or two, for its lemony notes and harmoniously threaded fine acidity deliver that ‘I must have another glass’ quality.
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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Albarino Rias Baixas Spain
Want something different from the ever-popular chardonnay and sauvignon blanc? Grab a bottle of this well-crafted dry white wine that’s produced from Spain’s little known Albarino grape. Will your wine savvy mates be impressed? You bet! Tasted by Martin Isark
Not forgetting: Barcode: 8423037100024
Abadia de San Campio Albarino Bodegas Terras Gauda Galicia Spain
Relish dry well-crafted white wines? This is a must taste. Produced from the little known Albarino grape, it delivers elegant notes of lemons and pineapples that are harmoniously threaded with fine acidity. If the style and price fits – put it in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark
Not forgetting: Barcode: 5051399516769
Tesco Finest Albarino Spain
Cheap Spanish whites won’t impress your wine savvy mates, but they are ideal for cooking and spritzers. However, this dry white wine produced from Spain’s indigenous Albarino grape is well worth a punt. Tasted by Martin Isark