New Press - Washington Post calls Txakoli Malda 2018 Exceptional!

Oct 02, 2020

In an article entitled "Frozen pizza deserves a wine pairing, too, and this $9 Italian red is our pick", the Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre highlighted a delicious malda from Bodegas Zudugarai that is sure to be a crowd pleaser:

Txakoli Malda 2018
2.5 stars (Excellent/Exceptional)
Spain, $21

Txakoli (pronounced “chah-kuh-lee”) hails from the Basque region of northern Spain. Made from the hondarribi zuri grape, these wines tend to be uncomfortably acidic, a surprise uppercut to the palate that can send you reeling. But they’re delicious and fascinating as long as you aren’t expecting a simple sip. Don’t drink them too cold — refrigerator temperature only emphasizes the acidity — and pair them with food, which softens the acidity and brings out fruit flavors of citrus and kiwi. What type of food? Anything vibrant or spicy. These wines can take it. The Txakoli Malda benefits from being a 2018 — the time in bottle softens the wine just a bit and gives it an appealing roundness on the palate. ABV: 11 percent.

Imported by Grapes of Spain, distributed by Elite: Available in the District at Rodman’s, Uptown Market. Available in Maryland at Bo Brooks Lighthouse Liquors in Baltimore; Butchers Alley in Bethesda; Dawson’s Market and El Botanero in Rockville; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and in Gaithersburg; Kensington Station Wine & Co. in Kensington; Ronnie’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Forest Hill; Viniferous in Frederick.

Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Prices are approximate. Check to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

Picture credits: Dave McIntyre, the Washington Post.