Urki Txakoli 2008
If there were ever a wine that could make you hungry when you weren't already, it would be this. Super high-toned, bone dry, and lightly spritzy, this great small production Txakoli from Spain's Basque country is an explosion of seaspray, saline minerality, and jolting flavors of lemon and lime. Perfect to quaff by the pool, while you're cooking, or to while away a warm afternoon.
This precious Spanish gem is a high acidity and low alcohol wine from the Getariako Txakolina protected Designation of Origin on the northern Atlantic coast. It’s a slightly more sophisticated sister to the Portuguese Vinho Verde. Txakoli is traditionally served as an aperitif with tapas. It’s also well suited for a splendid picnic with chilled shrimp, raw oysters or grilled fish. Make sure to have an ample supply because it will go fast. Look: The first Pale yellow ray of sunshine on a hot July day, with tiny bubbles sporadically streaming to the top. Smell: Soft jasmine and stone scents mingle with lemon zest and cut apple. Taste: A bite of fresh, crisp green apple, backed by dusty limestone minerality. It’s light and bouncy with a long lemon zest finish. Read my full review: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/07/wine-for-4th-of-july-picnics-red-white-and-rose/