At Txikiteo, we believe that every bottle of wine holds many stories: the story of the winemaker or the grower, or even the distributor; the story—at the most reductive level—of the weather, the soil, the vine itself. Ultimately, each bottle is the story of the person who drinks it, and with whom and why. And wine being what it is—a product poised between everyday or aspirational luxury, with a history as ancient and globally dispersed as civilization itself—these complex stories speak to everyone. But how does everyone get a chance to experience the fruits of a craft like this and so come to know a bottle’s story on a genuine and personal level?
Answering that question is both passion and mission for Txikiteo beverage coordinator Stuart Mitton. Txikiteo’s wine list reflects what Mitton calls an “overall ethos” crafted around wineries that have their own unique story, run by people whose focus is being a winery before being a business (“presence before profit,” as Mitton puts it—a business model much like Txikiteo’s own). The list includes classics that are the cornerstones of any wine list (traditional wines from Spain, France, and Italy), but chooses also to feature bottles that even the most adventurous wine-lover may never have heard of.
These are wines made by farmers themselves; with small plots of land, young, innovative wine-makers are producing natural and terroir expressive wines through impressively sustainable, organic, biodynamic viticulture. An example from the list is Viña González Bastías from Chile. The winery is so remote, the resolute wine-hunter must take a train to the end of the tracks and from there ferry across the river in a canoe, before finally hiking into the vineyard.
These are the wines that Mitton wants to introduce to Boise through a truly Txikiteo experience.
“Everything tastes better when you understand more about it,” says Mitton. We look forward to featuring in writing our selections and their stories. And, since the best way to understand a wine is to have a glass, follow along for invitations to one-of-a-kind tastings and pairings only to be had at Txikiteo. These will be opportunities to enjoy the wine, take a deep dive into its story, and create your own around a delicious bottle and convivial conversation—about wine and other ʼologies and ʼisms—with friends old and new.
Events will be held monthly, so watch this space for updates and expect stories about the wines and the people who make them. A tasting is in the works for December or January, featuring the wines of the Canary Islands—yes, the Canary Islands—and expect pricing and pairings to allow people to explore less conventional choices. “Helping people understand the value of the wine they drink is what I do. Wine is folk and should be accessible to folks,” according to Mitton.
Welcome, folks. We’ll see you following along here, and around the fire-pits at Txikiteo. ⧫