In honor of Spain, where Sara Kate will be visiting in a few weeks, I’ve decided to write about a delicious wine from a relatively unknown area of Spain’s Basque region. The region of Txakoli is a matter of pride for Basque farmers. Not only is theirs one of the smallest regions in Spain, they also suffer from nearly impossible weather for grapes and, to top it all off, their vineyards have been completely destroyed by pests on more than one occasion. With tenacity, the Spanish growers continue to produce this little gem.
Txakoli, Chacoli or Txakolina, depending upon the dialect, is made from the grape Hondarribi Zuri. Don’t let these complicated names fool you; this is not a very serious wine. In fact, it is traditionally served in tumblers, not wine glasses. This light bodied white wine should be slightly sparkling, low in alcohol and high in acidity. Its chameleon-like approach is the perfect food pairing for a plate of Tapas, as it will go with just about anything. The 2004 Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli is a fine example of this simple and refreshing style and it's available throughout the city.