By: Jin Zhang
K&L Staff Member
I love txakolina. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lotta out here. Ameztoi introduced this delicious juice to the rest of the world and set the standard. As a proud card carrying member of the Rubentis rose txakolina cult, I don’t blink twice when it comes to spending over $20 on some Basque glou glou. That being said, this txakolina’s a little more intellectual than expected. At 14% ABV, this ones’ got a little more body to it. You can expect a longer finish to savor its complexity. Still crisp and high-acid, asking for some seafood.
Txakoli is neither the name of the place nor the grape. It’s simply the name of the wine made exclusively in Basque Country (Pais Vasco). Oh, and it also goes by txakolina. White wines dominate this part of Spain and its wines are made from Hondarribi Zuri (white) grapes.
DO Arabako Txakolina is the smallest, driest and most continental of the 3 Basque DOs. In contrast to the other two, Arabako Txakolina generally exhibit riper, richer, and fuller-bodied than its northerly neighbors - Bizkaiko and Getariako (Getariako is where Ameztoi is from).