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Basque Wines: Ongi Etorri, Txakoli!


The three provinces of the Basque Autonomous Community, along with Navarre, comprise the Spanish side of the Basque country. World renowned for its beauty, the diversity of the landscape and its cuisine, the Basque country also produces some of the finest wines in Spain. In honor of Jaialdi, the celebration of all things Basque that attracts visitors from around the world to Boise, here are three wines from that wonderful community.

2014 Senorio de Astobiza Txakoli, $18.99

Astobiza's Txakoli (chock-oh-lee) is the official wine of the football club Athletic Bilbao. The vineyards of this tiny region hug the Atlantic coast in the province of Alava. Something like a Vinho Verde, it offers crisp fruit flavors, saline minerality and an oh-so-refreshing finish that's just the thing on a hot summer day.

2014 Solar de Randez Rosado, $14.99

This family estate sits just outside the town of Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa, the Basque region of Rioja. Their rosé is 100 percent garnacha and pours a pale, salmon pink. Bright rhubarb and gooseberry aromas are backed by a touch of clover. The ripe citrus flavors are balanced by a racy hit of acidity, while a hint of mineral comes through on the crisp finish.

2013 Gardacho Garnacha, $16.99

This garnacha is composed of grapes from 50-year-old vineyards situated on the slopes of the Pyrenees in Navarre. It offers deep, dark aromas of black cherry and berry. Tart cherry fruit flavors lead off, followed by a ripe berry middle, finishing with a food friendly hit of acidity. A lighter-bodied red perfect for summer sipping.