Looking for something super refreshing for a hot day? Want to really blow someone’s mind who still thinks of rosé as blandly sweet pink swill, like Franzia blush? Try rose Txakolina, a lightly sparkling rosé from Spain’s Basque region. I tried this one from Gañeta and tried to mentally transport myself to a tapas bar in Spain while I took out the recycling and cleaned the kitchen. It kind of worked, and the rosé definitely helped.
Bottle: 4/5 – Classic label, distinctive bottle shape. Nice!
Color: 4/5 – Like the inside of a perfectly ripe pink grapefruit.
Chugability: 4.5/5 – This style of wine is known for being very tart and having a slight effervescence to it, and it delivered on those two qualities. If you loved Sour Patch Kids as a child, you’ll love this wine. It’s not fully sparkling like Champagne or Prosecco, it just has a slight prickle to it, that, unlike our gassy Margerum rose from a few days ago, is intentional!
Price to Quality Ratio: 4/5 – At $17, it’s not cheap, but it’s distinctive and well-made.
Overall Score: 16.5/20. My roommate told me this was ‘easy to drink,’ and she’s someone who isn’t afraid to describe wine using choice phrases like, ‘it tastes like you threw up in your mouth a little,’ so this is high praise from her. Watch out, Robert Parker!
In all seriousness, I value the opinions of my non-wine-dork friends and family more than I do other industry professionals, because they are my customers, and because they are not biased by whatever is considered cool or sophisticated to like.
Goes With: The traditional pairing with a wine like this would be seafood or tapas, but I’d want to eat a big BLT with lots of homemade mayonnaise with this. God, my food pairings lately. Is it any wonder I’ve really been thin in my adult life?!
For more info on Txakolina and how they pour this bad boy in Spain, allow me to refer you to one of my favorite Internet wine personalities, Whitney Adams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCafIIl8TQQ