Rias Baixas
Rias Baixas, meaning "lower estuaries" or "rivers" is one of Spain's most famous and well loved DO wine regions. Located in the Galicia territory in the northwest sector of the country, this is white wine territory, with Albariño being the principal variety. Albariño is actually blended with other local varieties (regulations call for a minimum of 70% Albariño in these wines) such as Treixadura and Loureira; each adds a subtle character to the wine that would not be found in a mono-varietal Albariño. Approximately 90% of the plantings in Rias Baixas are Albariño.

A well made Albariño has a straw color with brilliant golden tints, with expressive perfumes of orange blossom, pear, apricot and yellow flowers. Medium to medium-full on the palate, most examples are aged in steel tanks, in order to highlight the charming aromas, though some producers opt for barrel fermentation and/or maturation. These are ideal wines to savor on their own or be paired with shellfish (Galicia is famous for its mussels and clams) or soft cheeses. Most examples, thanks to their good natural acidity, drink well for three to five years or longer; expect to pay anywhere between $12 and $40 for Albariño on retail shelves. (Wine/Appellations)