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TXOTX: A Celebration of Basque Culture

CLASS: JANUARY 21 at 1:00PM

In the North of Spain, along the vertiginous Cantabrian mountain range, there is a magical place known as the Basque Country. Fiercely independent, El País Vasco has their own language, Euskal, that has enough x’s and z’s to make even a Scrabble champion flinch. In the years since Franco’s regime, the region has experienced an incredible resurgence, and US consumers have been able to explore the fascinating beverages from the region.

The wines from the Basque region fall into two categories: the refreshing and saline white wines called “txakoli” (Chay-coal-ee) and the spicy reds from the Rioja Alavesa. If you think you know Rioja, buckle your seatbelt, you’re in for a surprise!

But the Basque region’s real treasure is its cider. Briny and delicately fizzy, it is unlike any cider you’ve ever tried before. The Basque Cider season traditionally begins on the 19th of January. On this day, cider houses (known in Euskal as Sagardotegis) open up their fermentation barrel rooms to the public and host large celebrations, pouring the freshly made cider directly out of the casks. The low carbonation of the cider requires a long, aerating pour: guests will hold their glass at least an arm’s length away and let the cider splash into the glass. When an owner is about to tap a barrel, he shouts “¡Txotx!” (pronounced “Choach”) to alert his Sagardotegi guests. This battle cry has become synonymous with the festivities, and Txotx is one of the signature events of the Pais Vasco.

In that tradition, we plan to turn Camerata into its very own Sagardotegi. Throughout the weekend of January 20-22, the bar will pour exciting wines and ciders from the Basque region. Join us on Thursday the 19th for a Porrón pouring competition or any day that weekend for a chance to taste through the amazing wines and ciders of the region!

*NOTE: THE SATURDAY SEMINAR HAS SOLD OUT!

Jul
3
Sun
Camerata’s 3rd Anniversary and official #LoireFest Launch with special guest Peter Wasserman!
Jul 3 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 4 @ 2:00 am

Join us for an evening of amazing Loire Valley wines with special guest: importer and ‘Head of antimarketing and sales prevention’ with Becky Wasserman & Co., Peter Wasserman! We’ll eat, drink, celebrate three years of pouring wine at Camerata and launch a month of Texas-wide #LoireFest!

Jul
6
Wed
INDUSTRY #LOIREFEST SEMINAR– with Lyle Railsback from Kermit Lynch
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Free to wine industry professionals– come spend the afternoon tasting wine with the amazing Lyle Railsback from Kermit Lynch, importer of some of the most respected wines in the Loire. We’ll be focusing on regionality and tasting our way through a tremendous line-up. Come early and ready to learn!

HAPPY HOUR #LoireFest tasting with Lyle Railsback from Kermit Lynch
Jul 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Come taste some of the brilliant wines from the Kermit Lynch portfolio! Truly wonderful examples of what the Loire has to offer. Tickets available at the bar on the day of the event!

Jul
19
Tue
INDUSTRY #LOIREFEST SEMINAR with Jon-David Headrick
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Come taste wine with one of the most respected importers of Loire Valley Wines: Jon-David Headrick.

Free to industry professionals, this tasting is NOT to be missed.

HAPPY HOUR #LoireFest tasting with Jon-David Headrick
Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Come spend an hour with Jon-David Headrick, tasting some of the amazing wines that he imports from the Loire Valley! Jon-David works with some brilliant, boutique producers and we’re really looking forward to seeing what he brings down for us to try!

Tickets available at the bar the night of the event

Jul
26
Tue
INDUSTRY #LOIREFEST SEMINAR on Natural Wine
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The term ‘Natural Wine’ gets tossed around lightly and frequently. We are honored to host some of the foremost importers of some Natural Wines from the Loire Valley to help demystify this topic and pour some amazing wines. Official list of importers coming down will be forthcoming!

Event free to the wine industry

HAPPY HOUR #LoireFest tasting of NATURAL WINES
Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The term ‘Natural Wine’ gets tossed around lightly and frequently. We are honored to host some of the foremost importers of some Natural Wines from the Loire Valley to help demystify this topic and pour some amazing wines. Official list of importers coming down will be forthcoming!

Tickets available at the bar the night of the event

Oct
15
Sat
Wines from Islands Class
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Some of the most amazing wines in the world are grown on islands– some tiny, such as the Greek islands that dot the Aegean, others much larger like Corsica or Sardinia! Come spend the afternoon with Master Sommelier David Keck and Advanced Sommelier Lindsay Thomas as we taste some of the best wines that the islands have to offer

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Nov
20
Sun
Camerata’s 3rd Annual Holiday Wine Sale!
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

It’s that time of year again, and Camerata is here to help you stock your wine cellar, cabinet, shelf, under-couch storage, etc.! This year the sale will be held at Paulie’s, so walk around, taste, make your selections and then come next door and relax at the bar. As always, we will have plenty of wine that will be great for your holiday dinners, events and family and friend time. Come start the season with us, we look forward to seeing you!

Feb
21
Tue
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On February 21st, Camerata will be hosting Eric Railsback of Lieu Dit Winery and Matt Murphy of Presqu’ile Winery for a Happy Hour dedicated to the wines from the Central Coast of California. Presqu’ile makes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the northern Santa Maria Valley, while Lieu Dit focuses on Loire Valley varieties such as Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc down in the Santa Ynez Valley. Come join us as we drink great wine and discuss what makes Santa Barbara County one of the most exciting viticultural areas in the USA.