With the screaming entrance of summer (evidenced by the 80+ degree weather in San Diego this weekend) I thought I would introduce you to a refreshing wine for this time of the year. My friend Kat and I hosted a Spanish wine tasting at the wine shop she works at (KnB Wine Cellar) and came across this wine.
Txakoli is the primary wine (predominantly an area that produces white wines) of the Basque region on the northern coast of Spain. The Basque region overlaps parts of both Spain and France. The predominant grape in this area is the hondarrabi zuri grape. These very different white wines are extremely refreshing and have tons of light fruit flavor as well as some surprising effervescence. This is a great summer wine and provides a light, crisp, dry, and refreshing taste for a hot summer's day. It is paired well with light appetizers and seafood.
This wine is increasingly available throughout the U.S. and should be fairly easy to get your hands on. The Oreka (the 2007 received 90 points from Robert Parker) from the D.O. Getariako Txakolina (one of three Txakoli-producing regions) is a superb wine. If you can't find this one any number of selections from the 2007 or 2008 vintages should provide you with a great opportunity to explore this wine.