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Back with more Rose! It is still hot out and it will be hot for a while...So why not drink more Rose!
This week we are getting a little wine geeky again. I have talked about California Rose and Provence Rose, today I am talking about Rose from Basque Country. This is an area between the southwest of France and northeast Spain. It is rich in history and is very well known for its love of food and drink. It is also home to many amazing wine producers.
In the Basque Country, they produce a wine called Txakolina (pronounced chah-kuh-leena). This is typically a slightly sparkling, very dry white wine with high acidity and lower alcohol. There are many producers of Txakolina, however, today I am talking about the producer that invented Txakolina Rose!
Ameztoi is a renowned producer in the Getariako Txakolina. Ignacio Ameztoi is the fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of making txakolina in the province of Getaria, and he has played a key role in the advancement of the region in the last decade. Ameztoi is also created as being the first to produce a Rose Txakolina wine.
This Rose is made from two local and indigenous grape varieties, 50% Hondarrabi Zuri and 50% Hondarrabi Beltza. They come from vines planted from 1918 to 2008! Similar to its white wine counterparts, this Rose is also high in acidity and low in alcohol. It has a very light and delicate effervescence to it as well that helps keep it extremely refreshing and vibrant. This Rose is amazing to sip on its own, but with the higher acidity, it is also the perfect wine to pair with any of our classic summertime fare. Seafood forms the traditional backbone of Basque cuisine, complemented by cured meats and fresh vegetables. All of these would also be the perfect pairing with this Rose. When it comes to pairing food with wine, it is always a good rule of thumb to pair a wine with the classic food that a region is known for. Wine producers have been making wine in their region for centuries for locals to drink with their local foods, so why not carry that tradition on while enjoying their wine here!
Hopefully you continue to try more and more Rose this summer. Ameztoi continues to show the diversity of Rose. I have featured three different Rose so far this summer, and each is uniquely different. It just goes to show that you cannot try just one wine and write of the entire category if you do not like that particular one. Keep trying different styles from different regions until you find one that you enjoy! Although it looks almost impossible to pronounce the name of this wine, do not let that stop you from the enjoyment of this amazing Rose. The Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis Rosé is a wine to try this summer!
- Patrick Mulrooney