Not ones to do as we’re told and have what we’re given, at binTwo we like to dig a little deeper, scratch the surface of the quirky and more compelling varietals that are becoming so accessible to us wine crusaders. So we’ve been having ourselves a mini-fiesta and enjoying immensely the recent offerings from Northern Spain, more precisely the heart and soul of the Basque Region.
If tapas is high on your agenda for glamping season or you’re festival bound, let’s set you up with some seriously good whites to complement the bohemian vibe of camper living, a tent-side tasting? I’ve chosen four whites that really have impressed me the most recently, all have earned their place on the shelves of binTwo not only for their funk-factor but for the superior quality of the wines and ‘behind the label’ heritage that runs right through them.
The first will really set the scene, if you haven’t discovered Txacoli Ameztoi (pronounced cha-colly) then enjoy the drama. Think salty and fizzy, in the absence of a traditional Txacoli pourer then
place thumb over 70% of the bottle and pour from height – drink straight away whilst fizzing in the glass – think alcaseltzer (but nicer, much nicer!) Visit any bodega amongst the Cantabrian Mountains and experience it Basque-stylie.
The next sits up there in my top five whites (having reluctantly bumped a rather yummy Pinot Gris from Alsace to 6th place) Terras Gauda O Rosal 2010, fat, textured, dry, mineral, lengthy and sublimely refreshing. Predominately Albarino (that stylish new kid on the block) this wonderful mouth filling white pairs flawlessly with cured meats and hard cheeses – we enjoyed it with nutty Manchego, it’s a tough job!
Pazo de Monterrey 2010 is fast becoming a mantra at binTwo and certainly one of our go-to wines. Once tried it’s uber-cool style of minerality combined with soft herby tones is a real tonic after more zesty sauvignons we often tend to settle for. It’s made from 100% Godello, definitely look out for this grape variety, it’s kind of like a grown-up Albarino, a little more refined.
And so finally to a new arrival from the Cuevas family in Rioja Baja, a super wine that has left us reeling, Vetiver Rioja Blanco 2009. Made from 100% Viura and aged in America oak for 4 months, it offers up soft subtle floral notes, white pepper and fleshy tropical fruits. The fine natural acidity ensures a perfect pairing for white fish and homegrown summer salads.
Festival tickets? Check, Tapas? Check, picnic blanket? Check, eski? Check – one of binTwo’s stunning Spanish whites? Check!! Your summer kit list is complete. Take time to get to know these wines, even if it’s with a hunk of cheese and good film their versatility to take you anywhere and ability to inspire really works, cheers.