Daniel J. Daou, Winemaker & Proprietor, Daou Vineyards & Winery Paso Robles, CA Thursday, March 6, 6-7:30 pm Free for current students, $15 for alumni, $40 for the general public. Winemaking is far more than just a job for Daniel. It's a highly contagious passion, particularly for Cabernet Sauvignon, that is reflected in his wines. Although his prime motivation is passion, his background as an engineer informs his every decision as a winemaker. Daniel goes to extraordinary lengths, such as employing methods only used in producing first-growth Bordeaux, to ensure that his wines are balanced with nonintrusive tannins to pro-vide structure for the full bodied fruit while the wine matures, first in the barrel and later in the bottle. In the vineyard, he walks a fine line by letting the grapes struggle, yet never crossing over to the point where the vines would shut down. Often, friends and fans of his wines describe Daniel as a man both charismatic and passionate, yet always ready to lis-ten to others. He is seen as a committed member of the community whose drive and resources will take Paso Robles to a whole new level. For Daniel, putting his cherished family name on the bottle means everything. What's inside the bot-tle must warrant that privilege, so every day he thinks about how to ensure the level of excellence he expects from his wines. In recent news, DAOU Vineyards & Winery has been named The Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine's 2013 Winery of the Year. Additionally, the original Hoffman Mountain Ranch winery has been fully restored and is set to open it's doors to the public in 2014.
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