Landscape, good gastronomy and its own wine

vickylass By vickylass, 12th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Basque Country is part of green and wet Spain. It may be disappointing for those seeking sun and sandy beaches, but on the contrary, a traveller will be compensated with good gastronomy and this wine.

Landscape, good gastronomy and its own wine

“Chacolín” in Spanish or “Txacolin” in the Basque language is quite a rough wine that almost no one will have on its own, but it goes very well with food, especially fish dishes.
It's grown in the Basque Country and other northern regions of Spain and in parts of Chile. It's made with green grapes and this why it tastes a bit sour. It's made with grapes of the type of “hondarribi zuri”, “hondarribi beltza”, which are quite limited crops and the “numematsa” type of grapes that is grown in the Biscay area.
It's got 10º to 12º degrees, which means is fairly strong and it's widely consumed in the towns of Guetaria and Zarauz on the Basque coastline.


This is a small island off the coast of Zarauz in the Basque Country. One may head to it taking a train or a bus from the main cities to Zarauz and then, a boat to this tiny island that resembles a mouse if one watches it from a distance.
As the Basque Country is part of what is known as green Spain, the weather will be unpredictable, tending to rain and overcast days, but a place that tour operators haven't taken by storm nor it'll be a packed with tourists, but they do have their tourist businesses and I'd say that those who visit it, are the ones who want to eat well, drink still better and enjoy stunning landscape with all hues of green.
They don't have these never ending beaches as in the south, but these are small and rocky coves bathed by this inlet of the ocean called Cantabrigian sea.
One won't forget an umbrella and a raincoat, which may be bit disappointing, but one will be well compensated with a grilled red beam and this wine that it's a bit sour, but it goes well with food.

© Copyright. Vicky Pino. November 12th 2015.


Basque Country, Fish, Island, Weather, Wine

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Nov 2015 (#)

I love the chaos as we call them, I had three Basque families as my neighbors and learned a lot of their wines, pity I cant find it in America

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