Foja Tonda is the local name for a very local grape. Casetta, as the grape is known in Italian, is only grown in one place, by one family. The Albino Armani
family is single-handedly responsible for saving this grape, indigenous to the Adige Valley where the province of Trentino meets the province of Veneto. It’s a classic northern Italian wine, high-ish in acid with soft tannins and floral notes adding accents to slightly dried berry fruits. It’s a lovely wine, and it's always a treat to know you’re drinking a piece of history. While Foja Tonda may only be available from one producer, it can trace it’s lineage back to the end of the last ice age.
Txakoli is certainly produced by more than one family, and in a range, albeit narrow, of styles. But it’s fun all around, starting with the name. “Cha co li,” as it’s pronounced, is at it’s best when produced in a very slightly spritzy style that emphases the wine's fresh, mineral-toned fruit and cleansing character. If I‘m having seafood tapas in the summer -- and who isn’t? -- a bottle of chilled Txakoli is one of my go-to wines. The fact that most are relatively low in alcohol is an added bonus if you’re like me, and are enjoying that tapas under a setting sun!