variants: or Albariño \ ˌäl-​bə-​ˈrēn-​(ˌ)yō How to pronounce albariño (audio) \
plural albariños or Albariños

Definition of albariño

: a richly flavored white wine from the Galicia region of Spain Good albariño can be very serious wine, with enormous intensity of flavor and a subtle, layered mouth-feel framing its lively acidity.— John Winthrop Haeger, Saveur, May 2006 also : the grape from which this wine is made Grown on the rainy, green Galician coast, Albariño is Spain's breakout white grape. — Richard Nalley, Food & Wine, September 2002

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First Known Use of albariño

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for albariño

borrowed from Galician albariño "light-colored grape variety from which a white wine is made," derivative of albariño, diminutive or attenuating derivative of albar "white, bright white," probably going back to Vulgar Latin *albar- (in Latin albāris, albārius "of stucco or stuccowork"), from Latin albus "white" + -āris -ar

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“Albariño.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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