Match of the week | Seafood tapas and Txakoli

Match of the week

Seafood tapas and Txakoli

Despite its almost unpronounceable name Txakoli (pronounced chackoly) is the new kid on the block for anyone who likes a crisp dry white wine.

It comes from Spain’s Basque country and is a clean-as-a-whistle, super-sharp white with a slight spritz that’s brilliant with any kind of seafood.

I had a glass of the 2013 Ameztoi Txakoli at the latest branch of Barrafina in Adelaide Street last week which was particularly good with the deep fried fish dishes such as ortiguillas (sea anemones) and with a delicious fresh-tasting salad of fennel, radishes and pears. They pour it with great ceremony from a bottle held high in the air - a bit like they serve fino sherry in Jerez.

You can buy it from Highbury Vintners for £13 - they also suggest anchovies as a good match which sounds a good call.

I made another Txakoli my match of the week back in September so you can see I'm slightly obsessed with it at the moment. If you're a fan of Muscadet, Picpoul and Vinho Verde you’ll love it.

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Comments: 2 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on November 3 2014 at 23:20

It is exciting, isn't it? Portugal too ...

colin harkness on November 3 2014 at 11:36

I'm predicting that Txacoli will be second in line when it comes to 'the next buzz white from Spain' - close behind Xarel.lo. Spain's wine scene has never been more dynamic!

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