Yeah, we made a wine inspired by Txakoli - and in classic Unico style, it's something no one has asked for. We've been toying around with this idea of Funkworks for a little while now, and we've been dipping our toes into it over the last few years. It's why you've seen a few projects like our Greco, our Yuzu Vermouth and our Mando Liqueur been kicking around - we love experimenting, and doing things that we've never done before, pushing our own boundaries and creating truly unique vinous expressions.
So we decided to make a new home for them: Funkworks.
A place where we can make our wine look utterly unique and it doesn't even have to look like a Unico Zelo wine, every single part of the product is free for us to run wild with our creativity, from design to winemaking.
So the first of hopefully what will be many projects under the Funkworks banner is Txak Atak. For those of you uninitiated with Txakoli - and are probably perplexed as to how it's actually pronounced. First of: It's 'cha-koh-lee', and it's one of the most fun wines to drink on the planet. Surprisingly, Txakoli isn't even a variety of vitis vinifera, it's actually just the style! So of course, if we were going to make something like it, it was going to be with Fiano due to its innate insane levels natural acidity
If you're like us, we're lovers of masochistic levels of acidity. Face inverting levels of acid.
That's why it was a completely natural fit for a Txakoli inspired wine. It's a decent chunk lower in alcohol - generally hovering around 10% - and when it's poured from a height, slightly fizzy! How fun!
However, there are a few rules to drinking Txakoli:
One: Serve as cold as you possibly can. Like stupidly cold, that's where you get maximum refreshment.
Two: Keep your fancy wine glasses away. Absolutely not allowed. Leave the Zalto's in the cupboard, cause we're in tumbler territory.
The tradition of txakoli is tumblers only - think of it more of an aperitif than actual wine, even though it's still definitely wine.
And finally: Don't pair this with a meal, this is snack wine. Anything salty, brine and even a little bit fatty will be perfect.
Stuff like olives and anchovies - basically get inspired by classic Pintxos dishes (Man there X's everywhere like the language is a treasure map - did you know there are 3 different pronunciations of X in Spanish?). If you follow those not-really-that-strict rules, you've just created the ideal drinking experience for Txakoli. Just try and have a bad time. It's what inspired us to make our own loose interpretation of it, because that kind of experience of wine enjoyment pretty much aligns with everything Unico, and we're stoked on how it came out. Plus any excuse for us to drink even more Fiano. Enjoy it Guys! We sure do...