In its native Galicia, tapas and the fruits of the sea constitute the accompaniments of choice with Albariño. And the 2008 Veigas de Padriñán positively beams in the presence of such traditional fare. It pairs beautifully with clams, mussels, and oysters, especially when they are served in a heady broth. Cod, scrod, or almost any flaky white fish steamed in parchment (or foil) with chopped onion, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs, provides exemplary companionship to the 2008 Veigas de Padriñán Albariño. Marinated olives, stuffed mushroom caps, full-flavored Spanish cheeses, and cured meats like prosciutto are perennial favorites, too. However, one need not travel to Rias Baixas to appreciate this wine. Asian stir fries, sushi, sashimi, and grilled tuna steaks offer equally pleasing accompaniments and are easy to prepare or take out. One simple favorite is Ahi tuna that is grilled medium rare, drizzled with a tangy ginger or teriyaki sauce, and then served over a bed of organic greens, shredded carrots, edamame, and broccoli. This simple offering accentuates the taste of Albariño and exemplifies the art of fusing Asian-accented recipes with traditional European wines such as the 2008 Veigas de Padriñán. Salud!