Six Plates, a ridiculously cool local restaurant and wine bar that just so happens to be owned by three friends of mine that I know through two completely separate channels (Matt Beason and I lived on the same street in Durham when I was 5), is have an event entitled the "Txakoli Fest" tomorrow. Here's a little snippet on it (including how to pronounce Txakoli):
“TXAKOLI FEST” AT SIX PLATES ON JULY 19
(Durham, NC) – Six Plates Wine Bar announces Txakoli Fest, a special event taking place on Saturday, July 19. Doors open at noon.
The event will feature six types of txakoli (pronounced “chah-ko-lee”), which is produced in the Basque country of Spain. Why base a festival around this specific type of wine? “Txakoli is a great summer wine that people in the United States are just beginning to understand,” says Beason. “The festival is a way to enjoy a summer day and expose our customers to something new.” All of the wines will come from Chapel Hill-based De Maison Selections, the premiere importer of txakoli in the country.
Because white txakoli, in particular, has a clean, slightly effervescent taste that pairs well with oysters, head chef Ted Domville will offer six versions of oysters on the half-shell along with a variety of accoutrements.
Local musicians will provide live music throughout the day. Guests will also be able to purchase a mini “porron,” a traditional Spanish drinking instrument that several people can share. “It’s kind of like a more sophisticated version of a beer bong for wine lovers,” says Beason.
There will be some really good live music throughout the day, including (and here's the truly shameless part) yours truly as part of Mark Cool's backup set, the "Folk Stars."