2008 Bodegas La Cana Albariño Rias Baixas

Wine of the week
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

On one of those three-digit hot days last week, I opened a bottle of this sublime Albariño 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,; Vendome Liquors in Beverly Hills, (310) 276-9463; Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX,; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111.

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