It’s the Tenth Anniversary of Txakolifest

By Sarah Mausert

Help Mattie Beason celebrate Txakoli, a wine produced in Spain’s Basque country, on Sunday, May 21st from noon until four at the Rickhouse, in Durham.  Beason, of Black Twig Cider House and Mattie B’s Public House, started Txakolifest in 2008, and the festival has grown every year.  This year’s proceeds will be donated to an immigrant legal defense fund through a partnership with Robert Brown Immigration Law.

Txakoli, which is pronounced “chock-oh-lee,” is a refreshing, low alcohol, slightly sparkling wine made in the Basque region of Spain.  Usually it is a white wine, although rosés and reds are also made.  Txakoli has been around for centuries, but was traditionally made and consumed at home and only started gaining popularity in the late 80’s.  You can drink txakoli from a porron to enhance the wine’s pétillance and increase the fun factor.  There will be over a dozen wines to taste this year.


The festival also highlights the Triangle food scene.  The list of restaurants includes some of my favorites:

Alley 26

Blu Seafood & Bar

Bona Fide Sandwich Co.


Juju Durham

Mateo bar de tapas

St. James Seafood and Oyster Bar

Nana’s Restaurant


Oval Park Grille

Pizzeria Toro


The Boiler Room

The Restaurant at the Durham


Black Twig Cider House will also be featuring Basque cider from their txotx.


General admission tickets are $75 and include a tasting glass and entry starting at 1PM.  VIP tickets are $100 and include a tasting glass, a Txakolifest t-shirt, and early entry at 12PM.  You can buy tickets at  You can find more details at  Read an interview with Mattie Beason about txakoli at


Author: Sarah was born a yankee, but has been a Durhamite for ten years now.  She enjoys red wine, bourbon, her dogs, Captain and Morgan, and her cats, Johnny and Walker.


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