Basque rose offers something different

WINE OF THE WEEK: 2011 Ameztoi Rose Getariako Txakolina 'Rubentis'; from Spain's Pais Vasco region; costs about $20; serve with spicy food, anchovies, tapas, paella and grilled fish.

This rose from the Spanish Basque country is something different. Grown on the hillside vineyards above the small fishing town of Getaria, the Ameztoi "Rubentis" is essentially a pink Txakolina made with a blend of white and red grapes.

Ever so slightly petillant, it has the minerality and a bright citrusy quality that makes it ideal with spicy foods. Open a bottle with fiery Thai or Indian dishes. Try it with ceviche, anything with anchovies or sardines.

It's also great with tapas, paella and grilled fish. And perfect for that moment when you're kicking back before dinner.


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