We are off to the Basque country on Saturday so there will not be any entries here whilst we are away. We have some [link2post id=”1354″]great restaurants booked[/link2post], but drinking might not be as good as the food. The local white wine, Txakolí, is pretty basic and the nearest ‘serious’ wine region is Rioja. I can count the number of Riojas I have enjoyed on the thumbs of both my hands; all of the rest I have hated. The extended ageing in American oak of very ripe fruit usually makes them dried-out and lifeless. I hope that some of the serious restaurants we will be visiting will have some non-local wines. Of course, anything I try will be reported here on our return.