Txakoli, however, we found just once. It's fairly tough to find anywhere outside of its Basque homeland of Bilbao and San Sebastian's Pintxo bars.
Here at home, it's not much easier to find.
I recently introduced some friends to the delights of this light (10.5% abv) and spritzy white in Jason Atherton's Japanese Farrington restaurant Sosharu. An interesting wine list indeed.
There, the lightness was a perfect follow to the several pre dinner cocktails we had imbibed and, the wine's natural saline notes are a great match for the umami and complexity of the Japanese sharing plates.
Alaia Txakoli - Marks and Spencer
M&S may be suffering in lingerie and ladieswear but their wine department goes from strength to strength, with a value and variety proposition almost unsurpassed on the UK high street (so long as you take advantage of the frequent multibuy discount offers - currently 20% off any 3 and 25% off any 6.)
This Alaia (£10) is a relatively simple white; dry, lightly spritzy, with bags of green apple. Great as an aperitif (its lower alcohol won't leave you falling asleep in your main course), with seafood, salads or sushi, or simply, a Sunday jigsaw puzzle while dreaming of brighter days.