The #WorldWineTravel group is heading to Basque Country today and I am super excited. For the occasion, I bought a couple of versions of Txakoli, which I think is the perfect wine for summer. Light on the palate, on the wallet, and with a bit of bubbles. In addition our host Jill Barth’s writing about Basque Country on her platform, L’Occasion, here’s a primer that I like about Txakolina as a wine.
Basque Country is one of the four regions in what is known as Green Spain. It has a maritime climate In Basque country, everything is about two specific varieties, either alone or blended together – Hondarabbi Zuri is the white grape and Hondarabbi Beltza is the red one. The first one has small bunches and berries, is prone to wind damage and makes delicate, aromatic, refreshing wines with aromas and flavors of white citrus and flowers with lovely minerality and a hint of thyme.
I loved both of these wines. The first from Hiruzta was a blend of the two grapes, 60%/40%. I found the wine at Astor. It had great acidity and paired well with light fare such as flounder as well as with nuts.
The second wine was from Uriondo located in the village of Zaratramo. Roberto Ibarretxe and his brother planted vines in 1982 for the first time. The wine is one of the first to revive Txakolina production and they helped found the Bizkaiko Txakolina DO.
The family has a small vineyard, just 2.5 hectares and they are quite impacted by the Atlantic. Soils are a combination of clay and sand. The is made from Hondarabbi Zuri and two other very rare grapes in stainless steel – Mune Mahatsa and Txori Mahatsa. They use indigenous yeasts and the wines are vegan too. The name of the winery comes from the neighborhood where they are located.
I’ve only been to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim but I can’t wait to get back to this area for the wine and foods.
Check out the blogs of my fellow travelers to see what else is happening in this area.
Here’s a preview of the articles you’ll enjoy and the authors that will be online this Saturday morning:
Basque Country Means Pintxos and Txakolina by Jeff at Food Wine Click
Fish Friday in the USA with a Spanish Txakolina Rosé by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm
Two Versions of Txakoli, Perfect Summer Wines from Susannah at Avvinare
Pintxos and Txakoli – a celebration of Basque Country from Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles
Almejas en Salsa Verde (Clams in Green Sauce) + 2019 Zudugarai “Amats” Getariako Txakolina from Cam at Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Basque Country Wines for Beginners and Great Food Pairings from Teri at Our Good Life
Recalling Spain: Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis and Shrimp from Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Tasty Txakolina from Basque Country calls for fish by Linda at My Full Wine Glass
Basque’s Effervescent Txakolina #WorldWineTravel from Gwendolyn at Wine Predator
The History of the Basque Culinary World Prize by Jill on L’Occasion
I find it interesting that these two wineries in different DOs on opposite ends of the region use the same font for their labels. Is this a popular writing style there? Thanks also to you, now whenever I drink Txakoli I will be hearing Velvet Underground in my head.
It really IS the perfect summer sipper, isn’t it?! Now for our June gloom to dissipate and to get my hands on a few more bottles. Cheers.
Would love to get to this fascinating region some day for everything it offers. If I do, I’ll listen to Velvet Underground in your honor.
Two more Txakolinas for me to lookout for! They sound lovely! I would also love to get back here. When we went to Spain, we didn’t make it up to the Basque country, so it’s big on my to-do list!
What fun wines! We may be exploring San Sebastian and Bilbao this fall, the Guggenheim will be on our list for sure!
These sounds like two lovely wines Susannah! And 100% agree about Txakolina being a perfect summer wine!
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