The only constant in this world is change: the dramatic shifts we're experiencing with weather and climate are profoundly influencing the wine industry, and on top of that wine drinkers are more and more curious about wines that are organic, vegan, and safe for the environment. February's wines check all those boxes.
Our "First Dibs" bottle this month is the dazzling and organic Paloma Rosé Secco from La Cantina Pizzolato in Veneto. This bubbly, naturally fermented Prosecco shows notes of ripe peach, almond, apple and bright lemon. It is available to club members for $15.
Bodegas Iranzo Spartico Red Blend 2018
Wine For Chariot Racing
Spain's Bodegas Iranzo is no stranger to history: their Cañada Honda vineyard was granted to them by King Pedro I, ostensibly making them the oldest documented vineyard estate in Spain, and the first to produce estate-bottled wines. Since 1994, they have produced exclusively organic grapes, with natural fertilizers (a nice way of saying sheep manure), and vegan filtration.
Their Spartico is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo; there is no oak aging or added sulfites, so this is a red wine best consumed young. This silky, balanced and fruit-forward blend would pair nicely with Tapas, blue cheese or chorizo.
Bodegas Iranzo Azul de Bobal 2016
The "Bull's Head" Grape
The vigorous and underrated Bobal grape has a home in Valencia's Utiel-Requena, where it comprises roughly 80% of the vine plantings. A broad diurnal range produces both fruit and acidity, and the grapes are fermented in stainless steel before aging for 6 months in French and American oak.
This wine benefits from 30 minutes of decanting, which will help invite aromas of blackberry and blueberry, along with some cacao and spice. Pop this bottle next time you're eating something like cured ham, sweet BBQ chicken, or roasted vegetables.