Sunset Magazine has named the 2009 Abacela Albariño as a 'Top Pick.' What makes a 'Top Pick'? Complex aromas? Bright acidity? A lingering finish? Yes. Yes. Yes. But, here is what also makes it a 'Top Pick':
Five Reasons why Abacela's Albariño is a 'Top Pick':
1. You couldn't think of a more perfect pairing for seafood. Fish, scallops, crab, oysters- this wine can take it all. (It is also an easy choice for chicken and salads).
2. Since it is so versatile, opt for it when choosing a white wine at a restaurant. A common challenge when selecting a bottle for the table is to coordinate the wine to compliment the multiple dishes ordered. This wine won't take on a steak, but it can definitely handle fresh, lighter fare.
3. Albariño has been such a popular wine for Abacela that last year the Tasting Room ran out of this precious gem before the 2009 was released. Lucky for us, Abacela has found more of its gorgeous slopes to cover in Albariño vines.
4. It is easy to find on the shelf. Don't discount this perk. Though its leisurely to strolling through your local wine shop's selection, there are times when a quick trip to the store is necessary. You'll value the bright yellow cap.
5. It's unique. Isn't it fun to try new varietals? Or introduce your friends to something besides Pinot Gris and Chardonnay? This is your ticket.
The 2009 Abacela Albariño ($18) can be found at many bottle shops, wine retailers and fine-dining restaurants in Oregon.