Txakolina, Ameztoi
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Txakolina, Ameztoi - 2023

Item # 12280 750mL

Drinking this Basque wine is a lot easier than saying the names of the grapes in it: Hondarribi Zurri and Hondarribi Beltza. Dry and light-bodied with mineral-driven fruit and aromas of grapefruit and lemon, it is a great match with seafood.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Ameztoi (ah-mehs-toy) produces wine from vineyards high on the seaside cliffs overlooking the Bay of Biscay in Spanish Basque country. Bright, lively, and low alcohol, this wine works exceptionally well with shellfish in all preparations while sitting on a yacht off the coast of San Sebastian. I found joy in this wine in another location: my Brooklyn apartment. Fish tacos were on the menu and I was looking for something light on the palate. This slightly effervescent Txakolina (chah-koh-leena) was the perfect replacement for an ice-cold beer. The fresh and tart flavors of lime, lime peel, and green pear meld with underlying notes of fresh tarragon. The richness of the fried fish was mediated by the light sparkle, while the freshness of the salsa complements this wine's racy acidity.




Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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