¡Txotx! Basque Weekend

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¡Txotx! Basque Weekend
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In the North of Spain, just above the Cantabrian Mountains and Ebro River is the fiercely autonomous and alluring Basque Country. In the years since Franco's regime, the region has asserted its cultural heritage, and grown as a world-renown capital for gastronomy. The wines from the Basque region fall into two categories: the refreshing and saline white wines called “txakoli” (chah-co-lee) and the spicy reds from the Rioja Alavesa.

But the Basque region’s real treasure is its cider. Briny and delicately fizzy, it is unlike any cider you’ve ever tried before. The cider season traditionally begins on the 19th of January. On this day, cider houses (known in Euskal as Sagardotegis) open up their fermentation barrel rooms to the public and host large celebrations, pouring the freshly made cider directly out of the casks. The low carbonation of the cider requires a long, aerating pour: guests will hold their glass at least an arm’s length away and let the cider splash into the glass. When an owner is about to tap a barrel, he shouts “¡Txotx!” (pronounced “Choach”) to alert his Sagardotegi guests. This battle cry has become synonymous with the festivities, and Txotx is one of the signature events of the Pais Vasco.

To kick off the weekend, on Thursday Camerata will host a Porrón pouring competition*. Throughout the event, the bar will offer traditional Basque pintxos alongside some badass sidras and txakolis.

The festivities will continue into the weekend and expand to Public Services and 13º Celsius: all three bars will be featuring sidra, txakoli and wines from Rioja Alavesa. We look forward to seeing you soon!


The Porrón pouring competition will be hosted by Camerata at 10PM on Thursday, January 19th. Residential coffee expert David Buehrer, Master Sommelier candidate Brandon Kerne, and food critic Phaedra Cook will serve as the judging panel. Contestants will be scored based on the challenge/creativity of the pour and on their execution. People can apply solo (pouring into a cup or their own mouth) or as a two-person team. The sign up fee is $15. As a contestant, you are entitled to a 50% discount on Isastegi at Camerata for the next two weeks as you practice.
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By: Camerata at Paulie's

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