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Wine Tasting: Joao Marques of Portugal's Luis Pato

  • Providore Fine Foods 2340 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)
Photo:  Douro Vino

Photo: Douro Vino

The Pato family has been producing wine at Quinta do Ribeirinho since, at least, the eighteen century. João Pato started to bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in Bairrada region after its demarcation. His son, Luis Pato, inherited this nonconformist and pioneer spirit and in 1980 produced his first wine, a pure Baga of exceptional quality that is still sought by appreciators as a treasure.

Luis Pato (which is Portuguese for "duck") is the best-known producer in the Bairrada region. He’s widely regarded as the modernizer who brought a struggling region back to life, but his wines have a traditional side to them, and he’s also a champion of the local red grape, Baga. Baga has a reputation for making rather stern red wines, but Pato has shown that Baga deserves more respect than it’s often given. It also makes sparkling white wines which match perfectly with the gastronomic specialty of this region – the famous suckling pig, leitão. Now that the regulations in Bairrada have changed, allowing growers in the region to use other varieties, you could say that Pato is a neo-traditionalist.

Earlier Event: May 11
Beer Tasting: Mazama Brewing
Later Event: May 17
Pastaworks Vino Club Tasting