Ross' Weekly Sip: Txakoli
Just outside the city of Bilbao, along the coast of the Bay of Biscay, lies miles of overhead trained vineyards, in what is referred to as Basque country’s best kept secret! Here, the freshest seafood is paired with the freshest of wines. The local white variety, Hondarrabi Zuri, is king.
The region goes by a few different names, but most commonly, Txakolina (pronounced chock-oh-LEE-nah), or simply, Txakoli will be found on the label. 99% of the wine produced in this area are consumed by locals, and are completely unknown to the rest of Spain. Only a single export market exists for Txakoli, the United States.
Thanks to a few dedicated importers, these wines are now taking center stage in local restaurants and retail stores, and here at Mike’s, we couldn’t be more excited.
The wines of Txakoli are very special in that there is little else out there to compare. After harvest, the grapes are cooled to near freezing temperatures, preserving acidity, and inevitably making this one of the zippiest wines on the market! During fermentation, the vats are capped in order to preserve CO2, giving the wines their distinct light effervescence. One might compare the wines to the fizziness of Vinho Verde, but with the overall quality of Premier Cru Chablis.
In addition to the stunning whites, small amounts of red, and some of the best rosé on Earth are being produced! Stop in to your local Mike’s and pick up a bottle for your next pool day or night on the patio!