Txakoli: The Most Refreshing Wine in the World


Txakoli, pronounced (CHA-ko-lee) is the crown jewel of the Basque wine region, or at least the Catalans will make that claim. Made most commonly from the grapes Hondaribi Zuria and Hondarribi Beltza, this slightly sparklingwhite (sometimes rosé) is quickly gaining popularity if not for its refreshing zest, but also for the entertaining presentation of its pour. Typically served as an aperitif, Txakoli is traditionally poured with the bottle at a height two feet above the glass giving life and effervescence to the beverage. As warmer weather approaches, it would be a travesty to ignore this stuff. Look for it the next time you’re at a wine and tapas joint, especially a basque kitchen.


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