Ferris Buelleur had it right. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. This past week has been insanely busy, but somewhere between work, family, social obligations and waking up at the crack of dawn to my daughter screaming for DAAADEEeeeee I managed to slow down enough to taste a great bottle of wine. Wine is definitely my oasis. Not in a “where’s the dam drink cart!” way, but more like a momentary respite from the everyday. The act of popping open a bottle seems to slow things down enough to make life just a little more manageable. When I combine this time in my “happy place” with a wine that tastes great and is a fantastic value I can’t help but enjoy the relaxation just a little bit more.
The 2009 Fillaboa from Spain’s Rías Baixas region is an dry wine made from the indigenous Albariño grape. Albariño is a true hidden gem. Not many people outside the inner sanctum of the wine geek know the pleasure this white Spanish grape can give. This wine has intense flavours of lemon, green apple, with subtle floral notes and a smokiness that imparts a sense of complexity. The wine has good acidity and great minerality. This wine will definitely improve with a year or two of age. I would recommend pairing the Fillaboa with grilled shrimp, seared scallops or my favourite paella. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a swiss or a Camembert.
At $15.95, this is a good wine at a great value. I highly recommend searching out the 2009 Fillaboa before it disappears. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world starts to pick up on how great Albariño can be…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below.
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