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AG Pick: Xarmant Txakolina 2010

If you’re looking for a wine to get you ready for warmer weather try the 2010 Xarmant Txakolina. It may be a bit intimidating to spell or pronounce but this white wine is extremely easy to drink.

Xarmant Txakolina comes from the Basque region of Spain, in the northeast part of the country. The Basque is located on the Atlantic Ocean just southwest of the French border.

The wine is produced by Arabako Txakolina, a winery that was founded in 1989 by eight growers from the same family. They came together to revitalize local winemaking that had been abandoned after the phylloxera epidemic wiped out vines in the mid 19th century. In 2003 their efforts were rewarded and the region was granted an official Denominación de Origen status.

The wine’s name means “charming” in French, though it is spelled in the Basque way. When pronounced, Xarmant sounds like “charmant.”

Xarmant is a blend of two grapes that are indigenous to the Basque region: Hondarribi Zuri (80%) and Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia (20%). The wine was fermented in stainless steel which preserves the fresh fruit flavors.

If you like Albariño you’ll like this wine. Light, upbeat and yes, charming, this is a wonderful warm weather wine. Xarmant Txakolina has an aromatic and floral nose, with crisp flavors of pink grapefruit, lime and apple. The finish is dry and refreshing with just a hint of spice.

Serve Xarmant Txakolina with oysters, mussels, white fish, salmon or salads. Or enjoy the wine on its own, as an aperitif or outside on a sunny afternoon.

A bottle of the 2010 Xarmant Txakolina costs $17.

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