A unique white wine from Spain has been recently making an impact in the states. Called Txakoli, (pronounced “choc-o-li”), this delightful wine has recently begun making an appearance on wine menus and in wine stores around the U.S. The wine became popular in the 1980’s, though it actually originated in Spain hundreds of years ago, around the 18th century.
Drinking Txakoli or txakolina within about a year of bottling is recommended and when served, it is traditionally poured from a height. This is done in order to decrease some of the effervescence, causing it to be soft and light on the palate. Found most often in the Basque region, this white wine is dry with a low alcohol content and high acidity.
After much research, Gigi Trattoria found an affordable but delicious Txakolina from a vineyard right outside of San Sebastian. Mokoroa Getariako Txakolina is fresh and balanced with notes of peach, apple and fresh grass. The Mokoroa Tolosa family began producing high quality txakoli just four years ago on their 7 hectares of land.
The Getariako varietal of txakoli is grown using a trellis system. The vines are grown at a greater height above the ground with the foliage forming a continuous canopy. This not only results in a wonderful wine but an aesthetically pleasing landscape.
Since txakoli is becoming so popular in the US, it is difficult to find many good quality txakolis that are moderately priced. At Gigi Trattoria we’re proud to offer the Mokoroa Getariako Txakolina for only $30 a bottle. The price is even more reasonable on a Wednesday when all of our bottle wines are 30% off. Come on in for a taste of the Basque region!
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