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Always Seasonal: Gallica Albariño Calaveras 2015

Oh. My. Goodness. Look at her shoes. And after Labor Day no less. Shudder. She's wearing... white!

Gallica Calaveras AlbarinoThe prevailing opinion, be it for marketing or merely historical convenience, is that for every wine there is a season: Red for Autumn and Winter and Rose for Spring. White belongs to Summer. Nonsense! In the words of my friend Frank Morgan: drink what you like. And might I add, when you like!

Many think of Albariño as a summer white, and indeed it works well with a variety of fresh seafood. An Iberian grape most prevalent in northwestern Spain, it is bright and crisp and citrusy -- just like a day at the beach. The Gallica Albariño Calaveras 2015 is all that, but more.

Sourced from Rorick Heritage Vineyard located just outside Murphys, California in Calaveras County, Gallica's only white wine is made from grapes grown north of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills, 2,000 feet above sea level in soils rich in limestone. A touch of Muscat Blanc adds a pleasant viscosity; an elegant "roundness" with notes of white peach blossoms and lemon curd. Available by allocation, this elegant white wine is priced at $36.

Pairing: We tasted it with a mélange of Mediterranean tapas: baked kibbi, hummus, tabbouli and fatoush salads, dolmas (grape leaves) and beef shawarma for a near perfect pairing.

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In addition to Albariño, Gallica Winemaker and Proprietor Rosemary Cakebread makes small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah and estate Petite Sirah from the vineyard located on two gravelly acres in St. Helena, California. We're looking forward to tasting her reds and chatting with her this week. Stay tuned to hear more.


The WineWonkette

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Amy Corron Power View posts by Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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