PORTUGAL : BAIRRADA
Baga, Touriga Nacional (8%)
MED-BODIED, BLACK CHERRY, RASPBERRY, PLUM, MINERAL, VIOLET, EARTH, USED OAK
Maria Pato (daughter of famous Portuguese winemaker Luis Pato) created the Duckman project in memory of her late grandfather, João (aka the OG Pato; 'pato' = 'duck' in Portuguese). By working exclusively with indigenous varietals and practicing minimal intervention in the cellar, Pato's terroir-driven wines carry a hyper-specific sense of place, and are easily some of the best to come out of Bairrada of late.
Of the ducks, the 'Baaaga Duck' is our current favorite - perfumed and elegant, it has ripe dark fruit, soft tannin, and enough acid to make it a great food wine.
WINEMAKING : Low-intervention / Natural : hand-harvested from 40 year old vines; spontaneous fermentation occurs in plastic lagar and stainless steel; aged for 2 years in old oak barrels (650L); unfined and unfiltered
FARMING : Certified Sustainable
PAIRING : Grilled Branzino with Rosemary
ITALY : PROSECCO : TREVISIO
LIGHT-BODIED, DRY, CRISP, WILD APPLE, FLORAL, HONEY, NO OAK
Tullia is another of our all-time favorite dry-yet-fruity affordable bubbles! Straw yellow in color, with an intensely fruity and fresh bouquet reminiscent of spear wood flowers, wisteria, wild apple, and mountain honey, plus a fine and persistent perlage... honestly, what’s not to love about it?
FOOD PAIRING: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
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FRANCE : LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON
MEDIUM BODIED, ROUND, EASY, WHITE FRUIT, NO OAK
USA : CALIFORNIA
DRY, MEDIUM BODIED, DARK FRUIT, SMOOTH
ARGENTINA : MENDOZA