The Basque Country, San Sebastian and Txakoli

September 2017

Whether you search out scenery, culture, history, arts, adventure, food, drink or beach life on holiday, San Sebastian has it all.  For those who haven’t been, stop reading this article, get on the tablet, ipad or phone and get your tickets booked now.

The Basque Country in general is often an unexplored and forgotten region, especially compared to some of the more fashionable package holiday resorts on the Spanish south coast or the islands.  This is actually one of the things that appeals most as there is a certain decorum and class to everything.  For the food and drink lovers, it’s an abundant paradise of pleasure with San Sebastian taking centre stage.

With more Michelin starred restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the world and thousands of other incredible eateries serving the famous pintxos to thousands upon thousands of standing customers a day, San Sebastian makes for a glorious gateway to gluttony.

It’s not just the variety of pinxtos that astounds, as the selection of liquid gems available to quench the thirst, pair with food and intoxicate the senses is equally sublime.

One unforgettable quaff is the Txakoli. Made with the Hondarribi Zuri grape, Txakoli is an effervescent, slightly sparkling, dry white wine with gorgeous fresh citrus and granny smith apple hits.  The subtle soft bubbles refresh and cleanse the palate preparing the way perfectly for the next seafood pinxtos.

Morgenrot started to import Txakoli Agerre (11% ABV) early in 2016 and it has quickly made a name for itself in the UK on-trade, especially in being part of All Bar One’s eclectic wine range.   Produced by third generation winemaker Emilio Agerre in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque country, the family-owned winery is located in Getaria, the perfect habitat for the unique Txakoli (Hondarribi Zuri) grape.

The annual harvest takes place in early October and lasts for approximately fifteen days with around 12,000 cases being produced each year. Native yeasts are used and fermentation takes place in whole clusters to allow for more dynamic flavours to be unearthed.

With the sparkling category as a whole becoming more diverse whether it is prosecco, cava, champagne or new countries and regions entering the market, Txakoli is one to watch and our Agerre is an incredible example of the style at its best.

For those unable to get to San Sebastian but interested in putting the Agerre Txakoli to the test, visit our ProjectHOME trade tasting event, which takes place from 10-8pm at Manchester’s art and culture hub – HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN.  The event will also feature:

  • The latest launch from Sweden’s infamous Pang Pang brewery
  •  A ‘Best of Northern Spain’ tasting featuring wine, beer and Sidra
  • A ‘Spanish Craft Beer’ showcase including a selection of the coolest breweries from Spain, Basque and Catalonia.
  • A #Pourfection session to test people’s perfect serve skills with Germany’s Krombacher brewery plus a special low alcohol tasting

For more information on the ProjectHOME event or to RSVP a place, please email enquiry@morgenrot.co.uk or call 0845 070 4310.  You can follow us on twitter to be updated with the latest news @Morgenrot_Group #ProjectHOME

 

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