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Doniene Gorrondona Bizkaiko Txakolina '19

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Doniene Gorrondona Bizkaiko Txakolina '19

Ah, Basque wine. It’s hard to not be nostalgic about parties and warmer weather writing about this one. I’m currently dreaming about a summer night porch hang pre-pandemic when everything was just a little bit simpler… a group of friends having a little too much fun pouring Txakoli wine into each others mouths from a porrón ($19.99 available by special request from your wine paraphernalia purveyor Craig Perman) on the top steps, laughing so much that more of it really ended up on our shirts.

Party wine exists sans parties. Remember parties? Well you can now, because we got have some ’19 Txakoli that will make you feel like you are perched on a handmade stool in a cramped spanish tapas bar with a group of your friends…

Doniene Gorrondona is situated on the steep cliffs above the Bay of Biscay in the seaside village of Bakio, near Bilbao in the Spanish Basque Country. It was one of three original pioneers in the revival of txakolina production near Bilbao, with the creation of the Bizkaiko Txakolina DO in 1994. Prior to that, the txakolina discipline was nearly lost in the area, with many vineyards given over to the construction of seaside homes. Their goal has always been to rejuvenate the tradition of txakolina and honor its contribution to the gastronomic and cultural history of their village with the indigenous hondarrabi zuri and hondarrabi beltza grapes. Unlike some of their neighbors, they eschew the use of international varietals, believing in the traditional local grapes of their ancestors.

I have been a long time fan of these wines, and this vintage is every bit the taut, saline forward, herby delight I expect. Here’s the real deal though- even though I am reminiscing about summer- this wine is awesome with comforting wintry dinners too. I’m thinking creole bbq shrimp over yellow grits. Plus, I heard Rodrigo y Gabriella has a new jazz album out… so I think I just planned your Friday night for you.




Producer Doniene Gorrondona
Vintage 2019
Format 750ml


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