We might as well be in the heart of Spanish Basque country for the variety of Txakoli you can find scouring local wine shops. I haven't come across a dud yet. Here's what I found on the shelves last week:
2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina. A classic — stony, bone-dry, slightly pétillant, scented with lime. From $18 to $22. Available at BestWinesOnline, (888) 817-8880, Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, Wine Exchange in Orange, (800) 769-4639, the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111.
2011 Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina. Wonderful presence and definition. Crisp, with bracing acidity, lots of lime zest. From $20 to $25. Available at Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 794-7026, and Glendale, (818) 242-0683, Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles; and Wine Exchange in Orange.
2012 Arregi Getariako Txakolina. Very focused, refreshing and crisp. About $17. Available at K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, the Wine Club in Santa Ana and the Wine House in West Los Angeles.
2012 Zudugarai Getariako Txakolina "Amats". 100% Hondarrabi Zuri, a classic Txakoli for summer drinking, zippy and citrus-scented. About $13. A direct import by K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood.
—S. Irene Virbila
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