Hondarribi Beltza (HON-DA-ree-BEE belt-ZA)

Beltza means “black” in Basque. Used to make the somewhat rare, light, lively, crisp red Txakoli (shah-co-LEE) of Spain’s Basque reqion. Like cabernet sauvignon and carmenere, hondarribi beltza is one of the decendents of cabernet franc. Despite its name, it is not related to hondarribi zuri (white hondarribi).

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