Felix Meana
 
July 1, 2021 | Felix Meana

It’s summer, it’s hot, and we’re all drinking Txakoli!

A signature of the Basque Country’s winemaking style, Txakoli or Txakolina is characteristically high in acid, and low in alcohol - making it refreshing and easy-drinking during the hot summer months. Ametzoi owns twenty hectares of estate vineyards, in a desirable position facing the Bay of Biscay. Views of the Ameztoi vineyards around Getaria are dramatic, with green landscapes meeting steep cliffs descending into the ocean. All of these wines pair well with seafood - clams, whole grilled fish, squid - we recommend a seafood extravaganza!

When we talk about txakoli there are a few things to know - the Basque winemaking style leaves a little trapped CO2 - so drink it young! Don’t worry about wine glasses here - try a high-sided stemless glass. Try getting a little height on the pour - bubbles are a good thing here. Make sure to chill the white and rose to cold, and put a slight chill on the red. Have a porron on hand? This is the perfect wine to put in a porron!

Lastly, here you have Ameztoi Txakolina, Rubentis and Simatum - a white, a rose, and a red. The white Txakoli employs Hondarribi Zuri, a white grape that represents about 90% of production in the area. It’s the typical varietal of Txakoli. Rubentis is a 50/50 blend of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, a red grape that is unrelated to the Zuri varietal and tastes quite different. The last wine, Simatum, is 100% Hondarribi Beltza, “Beltza” meaning “black” in Basque. All three are refreshing, light and perfect for this time of year.