Recently, I was speaking to a customer who was looking for the traditional Albariño drinking vessel. He was from Rias Baxas (the home of this delicious wine) and wanted to show the Brits with whom he was staying the classic combination of scallops with Albariño, drunk not from a glass, nor a cup, but a bowel in the shape of a scallop shell.
After a brief search I could find nowhere listed that sold such a vessel, nor indeed any images of people drinking from them. All I found were lots of pictures of mouth-watering scallop dishes, and people, glass in hand at various stages of merriment. This only served to make me hungry and in need of refreshment.
A couple of days later, having tried this fantastic combination, I sought more info about this traditional fare (it really is a great match: the delicate sweetness of the scallop, with a bit of salt from pancetta or soy sauce is perfectly matched to the honeyed, slightly nutty and citrus character of the wine).
As far as I can gather, the origin dates back some 2000 years to Saint James the Apostle who is also the patron saint of Galicia, the region in which Rias Baxas is found. James is usually depicted with a scallop shell when he arrived at churches, or any household that was providing him with shelter, as the pilgrim would only take as much sustenance as he could fit in one scoop of the shell. This meant that even the poorest family could offer him food or wine without it making much difference to their own stocks.
So, if you want to be a traditionalist, you could travel to Galicia and try this from the source, I imagine it would be worth the trip. If, however, you are not one to jet set at a moments notice, then try it at home. There are innumerable quick and easy scallop recipes on the web, (this one would do the trick) but do what you will, just make sure you accompany it with a chilled glass of Albariño.