Raise a glass: Txakoli is the latest tipple to try

Raise a glass: Txakoli is the latest tipple to try

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23:52 GMT, 14 November 2012


Txakoli is traditionally poured at shoulder height into the tallest of glasses

Txakoli is traditionally poured at shoulder height into the tallest of glasses

Are you tempted by a tipple you’ll struggle to to pronounce

Txakoli (pronounce it chakolee) is a lightly sparkling wine from Spain’s Basque region.

Traditionally, it is poured at shoulder height into the tallest of glasses, which accentuates the bubbles. No wonder it is scaling new heights in Britain.

It comes from Spain’s tiniest and most sought-after wine-producing area — Chacoli de Guetaria, near the 12th-century fishing village of Guetaria.

Try it now, but don’t stash a bottle in the cellar — this wine must be drunk within a year. Most bottles don’t have a vintage on the label because it’s assumed only the most recent harvest will be on sale.

Already big in New York, it’s gaining in popularity over here, too, especially with people who have discovered it on holiday in Spain.

It has a low alcohol content, but a striking lemony character and subtle tropical hints of guava and pineapple.

Why not enjoy it as an aperitif or serve it as the Spanish do with a plate of delicate seafood

TXAKOLI, 13.99, Waitrose.