2020 Bodegas Rezabal Txakoli Rosé Basque, Spain
Rezabal Txakoli Rosé is a blend of two native varietals, 80% Hondarabbi Beltza and 20% Hondarabbi Zuri. Both benefit from the constant breezes from the Cantabrian Sea, which bring freshness, salinity, and acidity to the finished wines. Naturally fizzy, Txakoli from the Getariako zone (outside of Bilbao, Spain) is traditionally poured from a great height into the glass!
The Basque Country Pintxo culture that is known as “Txikiteo” involves the ritual of going out for pintxos (small plates of hors d'oeuvres) and Txakoli in places such as Bilbao and San Sebastián. Revelers enjoy a small serving of Txakoli and one or two pintxos in a bar before moving on to the next place. Nothing beats a good pintxo crawl that lasts a whole evening!
2020 Bastide de la Ciselette Bandol Rosé Provence, France
The vineyards of Bandol lie in a natural amphitheater where the vines are planted over approximately 1,600 hectares and descend in magnificent terraces towards the sea. Perched above the Mediterranean, between Marseille and Toulon, Bandol favors the sea-and-sun-loving mourvèdre. It's no wonder then, that Bandol AOC is the only appellation where mourvèdre must constitute the majority of the blend.
Robert de Salvo’s family has maintained vineyards in the heart of Bandol for five generations, primarily selling the harvest to the local cooperative; Robert is the first of his family to develop a winery on the estate. Together with winemaker Romain Bournaud, he farms 15 hectares of vineyards and has quickly established a reputation for excellent wines.
Robert and Romain employ organic/biodynamic practices so that each vintage can more purely express itself in the finished wines, which are perfect blends of rusticity and polish. The rosé, a blend of 70% mouevèdre, 25% grenache, and 5% cinsault has a classic Bandol profile, displaying a darker, brambly mineral quality.
2020 Bisson Ciliegiolo Rosé Liguria, Italy
Enoteca Bisson was born in 1978 when Pierluigi Lugano fell in love with the wines of the Ligurian coastline. He began as a trader in small lots of bulk wine, later became a wine merchant, and finally a winemaker in his own right. It takes a heroic effort to cultivate vines on the steep slopes of the Ligurian coastline high above the Mediterranean Sea. Mechanization is out of the question; everything must be done by hand. Only truly passionate winegrowers are willing to carry on the traditions that have come down through the generations since the ancient Greeks first planted vines here.
Ciliegiolo is a traditional yet relatively obscure red grape varietal. Lugano vinifies it dry to showcase its flavors of red cherry, wild berries, and pomegranate. He works hand in hand with local growers from pruning to harvest, then carefully vinifies the different lots of grapes. He is a serious student of enology and is an expert on the local grape varieties. His passion extends to the preservation of local traditions and this is reflected in the distinctive character and personality of his wines.