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Price: About $22. Look for it at The Cellar, Co-op Wines Spirits Beer, 5 Vines Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits, Heritage Wine and Spirits, Highlander Wine and Spirits and Wine and Beyond at Sage Hill Crossing.

Drink: In the next few years. Enjoy it with shellfish, chicken tagine, a mild curry or pork. Screwcap; 13 per cent alc./vol.



Txakoli White

Txakoli de Alava, Basque Region, Spain

This wine, from the Basque region at Spain’s northern boundary, grabbed my attention the first time I tried it. Dry, with vibrant acidity and a touch of spritz from added carbon dioxide, it’s extremely refreshing.

Pronounced Chacoli, the zesty wine is made from two native grapes I had never heard of — Ondarrabi Zuri (90 per cent) and Ondarrabi Zuri Zerratie. Hand-harvested from organically grown vineyards, the wine is fermented in stainless steel before being bottled.

Extremely fresh with bright acid, look for flavours of lemon, lime, grapefruit, beeswax and a bit of pie crust. This is made for a warm day on the patio. It is definitely worth trying.

Price: About $23. Look for it at Bricks Wine Company, Highlander Wine and Spirits, Market Wines, Metro Vino, Oak and Vine, Vine Arts Wine and Spirits and Vine Styles.

Drink: Now. Enjoy it with shellfish, sushi or roast chicken. It would also be a great aperitif. Cork; 12.5 per cent alc./vol.

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