Viura and Albariño: our most iconic young whites, face to face

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A fun, entertaining and enlightening idea: why not open two of our flagship young whites simultaneously and taste them next to each other? It's a great way to explore their varietal characteristics, discover their personality and understand with them the diversity of Spanish wines, which is so well captured in the Muriel Wines portfolio.

We believe that the best way to learn and enjoy is to compare, so join us in an experience that is both straightforward and fascinating. Let's get to it.

Vino 1. Pazo Cilleiro Albariño 2021

Pazo Cilleiro embodies the two great qualities of Albariño: finesse and unabashed freshness. It's very expressive on the attack, with pronounced aromas: citrus fruits, flowers, green meadows, wilderness, tender white fruits... Serious wine lovers would describe this variety as "electric". Its texture and fresh character stand out on the palate. In the case of our Pazo Cilleiro Albariño, we also find a mineral hint, a singular cool, penetrating note that echoes the small vineyard plots planted on granite soils.

Vino 2. Muriel Blanco 2021

The Viura grape reveals its finest quality in this Bodegas Muriel white wine: balance. It is not an explosive or direct variety. Nor is it very expressive. But once on the palate, its volume is so well-balanced that it transforms a young wine like this one into a perfect food companion. As our winemaker, Chema Ryan, says, "Viura is like a long-distance runner: it goes a long way". At the end of that 'race' we are left with a fresh and full mouthfeel, with flashes of elegance. 

After a comparative tasting of these two wines, we strongly recommend to serve the bottles at the table and enjoy them with food. These two whites coexist wonderfully. Pazo Cilleiro pairs well with starters, steamed seafood, grilled shellfish and seafood rice dishes. With the main course, Muriel Blanco combines perfectly with roast chicken, light stews and classic fish recipes, such as bacalao a la riojana (cod with tomato and red and green pepper sauce) or bacalao a la bilbaína (cod with onion and red choricero pepper sauce).

These wines are so versatile and food-friendly that we can turn the above around and try the opposite pairing: start with Muriel Viura and finish drinking Pazo Cilleiro Albariño with a delicious marmitako (Basque tuna stew), for example. The contrast will surprise you.