Welcome to the latest edition of our Wine Finds. This week we go back to the time honored tradition of sharing our love for Txakolina – the Basque slightly spritzy, low alcohol wine that is pronounced Cha-Ko-Lee-Na.
Many of you on this email list will remember the fun Txakparti celebrations we used to host on Alberta Street during the summer street fair. Since large public gatherings are out for this summer, we suggest you stock your own fridge with a few favorite Txakoli bottlings, get yourself a porrõn and celebrate whatever way you feel best during these strange times.
If you don’t know what a porrõn is or what we’re talking about, you can check out this humorous video we created about 10 years ago to promote our street fest. It’s full of Porrõn tips like Porrõn Basics, Pass the Porrõn and even a Porrõn Bicycle Jousting competition that we so sadly miss in these days of social distancing.
We’ve chosen 3 favorites of the current Txakoli releases that have just rolled into Portland. As always, these are very popular and can sell out within a week of arrival. We don’t want you to miss out, so we’ve secured our own allocation to hold for the next 48 hours to see how many of you still have a Txakoli addiction like ours.
Order any of the wines below through our online website and we will deliver for FREE to Portland addresses this coming Saturday and Sunday and to Columbia Gorge addresses next week at a mutually convenient time.
As always – these offers are time-limited and often sell out within 24 hours so don’t delay. If you want some, just hit the button on the website, enter your address and contact info for free delivery and we’ll be in touch soon. Orders must be received by 5pm on Wednesday so we can coordinate with our distributor and get the wines to you this weekend.
Enjoy the week – it might not look like Summer out there today but I assure you the sun is coming back soon.
IT’S TXAKOLI TIME
We want to help you put on our own Txakoli celebration. Here’s our own curated 6-pack of Txakoli to get your summer sipping selections started.
TXAKOLI 6-Pack $108
• features 2 bottles of each of our 3 selections
• the best Txakoli at the best price
• limited supply – order now!
Here’s what’s in the Txakoli 6-Pack:
GORRONDONA Bizkaiko Txakolina White
The lovely Gorrondona estate sits on a little peninsula jutting just minutes south of Bilbao and lies in the Bizkaiko zone, one surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean air that imparts the characteristic saltiness to many of these wines. I was fortunate enough to visit Itziar at her lovely winery some years back and the care and precision that goes into making these wines is something extraordinary to observe. Quite different than our typical winery setup, the modernized tanks used to trap the tiny bubbles that make Txakoli so unique stand side-by-side with a very well outfitted science lab where Itziar cultivates her own yeast strains from her vineyards to help the wines ferment perfectly.
This year’s Bizkaiko white has a great balance of sea air, briny notes, lime zest and a wee touch of funk at first. We found by decanting it in the proper Basque style into your glass (that means hold the bottle up high and pour slowly to let lots of air in) gets rid of the funk and brings on the flavor. The porrõn of course will do the same for you. Paired with seared scallops or pulpo off the grill, I think this might be the most perfect seafood-pairing option of the summer.
AMEZTOI Getariako Txakolina White
Ameztoi is an estate that has become synonymous with Txakoli in the US, much to the credit of their importer, Demaison Selections, who has spread the gospel about the benefits of drinking Txakoli – namely, it makes us happier humans!
While the wine below is what has garnered Ameztoi so much popularity, I have to say that of all the bottles I’ve tried this Spring in anticipation of writing this email, this bottle of Ameztoi white is my absolute favorite. It’s lightly salty but also lightly sweet with white peach fruit and the level of carbonation is just perfect – noticeable, dances on your tongue, cleans off your palate, leaves you salivating for more. I could drink this with grilled lamb chops, shrimp cocktail, a summer salad with berries and soft cheese or a box of triscuits and velveta and I’d be happy. Can’t wait to share this one with you!
AMEZTOI Getariako Txakolina Rubentis
The King of Txakoli, Rubentis was the creation of Ignacio Ameztoi, the 5th Generation winemaker at his family’s estate high in the Basque hills above San Sebastian. The Getariako zone is widely regarded as the best area to grow the native Hondarrabi Zuri (white) and Hondarrabi Beltza (red) grapes, so Ignacio lucked out having a choice vineyard to work with. But his imagination is what created the Txakoli revolution. He decided to make the first pink wine in the region by blending the white and red wines together. Normally, rosé is made by pressing red grapes quickly off their skins to avoid imparting too much color. But instead taking a base of white wine and adding just enough red to it to introduce color and flavor, especially with the unique characteristic of Hondarrabi Beltza, the results are stunning.
The new 2019 vintage of Rubentis is quite dry, and at first I wasn’t loving it. But as bottle after bottle in our fridge has gone empty, I’ve realized that the hints of strawberry and red currant fruit are starting to come out and also that it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, I tend to reach for a bottle of cold Txakoli whenever possible. If you’re like me, you should grab a case. You won’t have many chances to do that this year as supplies are limited due to world wide events and obviously less restaurants to enjoy this wine at right now. We all hope that will change soon. But in the meantime, get some Rubentis in your fridge and look forward to happier days ahead.
Order a FULL CASE of RUBENTIS – we have just 4 cases available for those who want to stockpile this pink pleasure.
If you want a full case of either of the white wines, they are in decent supply so just let us know by email and we will create a special order for you to fulfill your request.
ALSO AVAILABLE – Viola white wines – now in 6-packs:
Pinot Bianco – our own creation that’s a little more textured than Txakoli, is packed with snappy green apple and hints of ginger and has an almost perceptible tingle of spritz on the finish also. We’re offering half cases of Pinot Bianco at a special price so your fridge doesn’t have to look so empty.
Collina d’Allegre – our ‘orange’ wine of the moment, skin-macerated Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Moscato Giallo all from a field blend grown at the Allegre Vineyard in Hood River. There are just a few cases left, so if you love it, snag a six-pack and lay some away, as we believe this multi-layered white is going to age beautifully.
Delivery in the Portland Metro area is free and we will coordinate with you a date in the coming week to get you your wine. If you’re not in our delivery zone, you can have a case of wine shipped to you if you live on the West Coast. If you have any ordering questions, please email us at [email protected].