Friday Feature – Txakoli!

Hello and Happy Friday!

One of the most exciting times of the year is almost here – time to introduce the new vintages of Ameztoi Txakoli and Ameztoi “Rubentis!”

This will change your life in two ways!

  • You will soon have access to the two best and most delicious Txakoli on the planet!
  • Save the date! Txakoholika 2012 is set for Saturday, May 19th, 2012!  The is the 4th annual collaboration with Abe Conlon & Adrienne Lo of X-Marx and yours truly, Craig Perman of Perman Wine Selections.  Details and sign-up to come in the next week.

Without further ado, here is all you need to know about what you MUST be drinking this Spring and Summer!

Have a great weekend,





The Basque region in Spain is home to one of the world’s most singular wines.  A low-alcohol, lightly spritzy, and highly refreshing white wine made from the local varietals Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza.


Ameztoi is in my opinion, the premier producer of Txakolina.  Ignacio Ameztoi is the seventh generation winemaker at Ameztoi and is a true tactician, a winemaker that preserves the essence of the grapes and the vineyard that it comes from.  Overlooking the Atlantic, it is easy to understand why this white wine is packed with refreshing citrus notes, hints at sea spray and vibrant acidity.

The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tank and bottled with natural residual carbonic, hence that oh-so-refreshing spritz!

The first time I tasted Ameztoi Txakoli, was the beginning of my addiction to it.  This is the eigth vintage that I’ve worked with the wine, and having tasted many other producers of the style, it is simply the best.

On trips to San Sebastian, I’ve enjoyed Ameztoi in some of the finest Pintxos bars in the city, including La Cuchara de San Telmo.  I love Ameztoi Txakoli as an aperitif, but it really is one of the most versatile and enjoyable food wines known to man!  Believe me, you will want to buy this by the case! Do not miss this most unique creature!





This is by far one of the most exceedingly popular wines year-in-and-year-out at my store.  Pink Txakoli should be declared an international treasure!

Ameztoi is the only Txakoli producer that I know that produces a Rosé.  Others will try to copy, but there is only one original.

50% of each Hondaribi Zuri and Hondaribi Beltza form a super-old-block of vines, some dating back more to more than 150 years.  Like its brother, it is fermented in stainless steel and bottled with the natural spritz.

While similar to its white counterpart, the inclusion of the red varietal, Hondaribi Belta and its maceration on the skin, give this a vibrant red fruit aromas, like smelling and biting into ripe wild strawberries.

There are many wines on earth that are more complex, but very few that are more delicious or that incite a sense of sheer joy.

Both of these wines are limited, but the “Rubentis” has a cult following and sells out quickly every year.  Luckily I’ve been such a big supporter that I get one of the larger allocations in Chicago.

Please speak up now if you would like me to reserve you some, because this won’t be around for the warmest part of summer, which is when you will really be craving it!


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