On 13 November we held the second edition of the Txakolina Bizkaiko Txakolina (Txakoli of Biscay) Laboral Kutxa Forum at the Carlton Hotel in Bilbao. It is a professional meeting created with the dual objective of divulging the history of Bizkaiko Txakolina (Txakoli of Biscay) and analysing its present and future and which was inaugurated last year with great success.

The Forum was moderated by Iñaki Suárez, Euskadi (Basque Country) delegate of the Sommelier Association Union and consisted of three lectures:

Mr. José Luis Lejonagoitia, founder of the Bacchus wine tasting group and former member of the AOC Bizkaiko Txakolina (Txakoli of Biscay) Wine Tasting Committee, spoke on “La Cofradía de San Gregorio Nacianceno de Propietarios de Viñas de la Anteiglesia de Begoña” (“The Brotherhood of St. Gregory of Nazienzen of Vineyard Owners of the Municipal District of Begoña”), a historical exhibition on the production, marketing and consumption of txakoli in Bilbao.

Next up, Mr. Antonio Palacios, Associate Professor of Sensory Analysis of the University of La Rioja and Manager of Laboratorios Ecell Ibérica (Ecell Ibérica Laboratories), who presented his paper on “Sensometry as a science for the investigation of consumer preferences in wine”, in which he explained to those attending the diverse market analysis methods with the objective of producing the wine that the final consumer demands.

And finally, Mr. Ferrán Centelles, Bulli Sommelier (2000 – 2011), Advanced CMS, WSET Diploma, Bullifoundation Beverage Manager, delegate in Spain for Jancis Robinson, Regional President at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), author of:  “¿Qué vino con este pato?”(What wine to serve with this duck?”) (Winner of the International Gourmand Award in the Food & Wine category), gave a presentation called “Madurando a Contracorriente” (“Ripening against the Tide”), during which he led a comparative tasting of three txakolis of Biscay and three “extreme wines” from the Tokaji (Hungary); Burgendland (Austria); and Savenniers (France) Denominations of Origin (Appellation D’origine Contrôlée).