Albarinos have more body than a Pinot Grigio, but are not as oaky or heavy as a Chardonnay. They are fruity and zesty, and pair well with seafood. And because of their balanced character Albarinos can also stand well on their on as an aperitif when you want to enjoy a glass of wine without food. (which I do every now and then!)
This past weekend I purchased the 2010 La Cana Albarino from Stew Leonard's Wine Shop for $14.99. This wine is fruity with lemon and mineral flavors, and has a nice medium body as the wine is partially fermented in barrels and aged sur lie. If you can't find this wine locally for less than $15 you can purchase it online here for $16.99. In my opinion this is still a good deal as it is being sold for $19 elsewhere.
For more information on the Albarino varietal, check out this informative article on the Albarino grape from Food and Wine.
What do you plan on drinking this weekend?