Summer Wines: Martin Códax Albariño

I was recently invited to Row 34, a restaurant on my “must try” list, to learn more about the 2012 Martin Códax Albariño.  At first sip, I was on board and after a meal of pairings I decided that I would definitely add this as one of my summer wine staples.  It has a really clean, bright taste with the crisp dryness that I like, but not too dry so those dinner guests, or I just was in the neighborhood and I popped in guests, who enjoy a sweeter wine can still enjoy it.

Row 34 Fort Point
Row 34, Fort Point Boston

The reason I plan on having this Albariño stocked in my wine fridge is that it took on different characteristics with each course.

Oysters at Row 34It paired beautifully with oysters and a Thai style ceviche.

Crudo at Row 34The wine was even brighter with a crudo that had a fried shallot or onion that just transformed the taste of the Albariño.

Lobster at Row 34It was delectable with lobster and continued to pair perfectly all the way through dessert which was a pound cake with lemon glaze and berries.

My new summer wine standby.
My new summer wine standby.

If I keep a bottle of the Martin Códax Albariño in the fridge I know I can pull it out to share with friends over an aperitif of olives, bruschetta or other such small bites.  I know I can whip up a batch of mussels and it will be perfect with a glass of the wine in the mussels and with the mussels.  I know I can have friends over for a girls’ night in with popcorn, a little dark chocolate and a nicely chilled glass of the Albariño. IMG_7338


      1. Nah. I just like Albarino. I’ always on the lookout for alternative to chardonnay–I don’t drink most California wines and I can’t afford to drink most white Burgundies casually, ergo Albarino. I also like trying varietals that have been neglected–and are now being revived–or were never exported to the US.

  1. Sounds like a relaxing choice for a variety of get togethers. Not to mention the fact it pairs so well with a variety of foods. I wish I liked wine…. I know, crazy! Maybe I just haven’t had the right one yet. Mmmm, that pound cake with lemon glaze and berries sounds delectable.

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