On one of those three-digit hot days last week, I opened a bottle of this sublime Albarino from the lush green Celtic part of Spain, Galicia. What a beauty! Scented with lime and white peaches, it has a bracing minerality that balances the lush ripe fruit. The 2008 Bodegas La Cana, named for the canes that grow along the rivers, exhibits finesse and grace in a beautiful package.
Serve well chilled as an aperitif with a bowl of toasted almonds and olives, with summery salads and chilled seafood, grilled prawns or lobster.
S. Irene Virbila --
Region: Galicia, Spain
Price: About $15
Style: Rich and aromatic
What it goes with: Summer salads, chilled seafood, grilled prawns or lobster
Where to find it: K&L; Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.kl wines.com; Vendome Liquors in Beverly Hills, (310) 276-9463; Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, www .winex.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse .com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111.