French in origin – evolved from Old French soir, meaning “evening” or “night,” and used today to describe an intimate party where guests are invited to listen to, play, or dance to music. During last week’s 3rd annual Family Estate Soirée, members and guests partook in all three for a gathering of friends and family to celebrate the premier release of the Family Estate Selection of wines: the 2012 DAOU Estate Soul of a Lion and the 2012 DAOU Estate Mayote.
guests were greeted at the doorway with a warm smile and a pouring of Chemin de Fleurs. Familiar faces circulated the room as members and guests made new friends and reunited with old ones. A bountiful display of cheeses and micro-tarts entertained delighted palates while various hors d’oeuvres, created by Resident Chef Giancalo Perez-Scolari, flowed from the kitchen.
The evening commenced with a speech from Georges and Daniel Daou in a reflection of their journey. The success of the past eight years has been a validation of an endeavor to produce purity and grace in a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, the culmination of which is found in the DAOU Estate Collection of wines. Named in memory of their parents, Marie and Joseph Daou, the Estate Soul of a Lion and Estate Mayote are crafted from the best producing vineyard blocks on DAOU Mountain and extensively aged in custom crafted, and rarely sourced, new French oak barrels. These wines elicit excitement in their unique character while remaining elegant and true to the classical complexity of the varietal.
The evening included a heartfelt video slideshow of Joseph and Marie Daou: the early years of their marriage, the children growing up in Lebanon, and immigration to France and the United States. It was a touching tribute to a family who is united in their values of faith and love for each other. With a glass of Estate Soul of a Lion, we raised a toast to honor the past while looking forward to a future filled with great wines and lasting friendships.
all eyes and ears were captured by the stunning vocals of Lebanese-American singer Danielle Rizk. Accompanied by a keyboard, Danielle entertained us with a revue of jazz and cabaret standards as we sipped through the entire collection of DAOU wines.
It was a beautiful evening filled with laughter and great conversations as we came together to celebrate the release of the Family Estate Collection of wines.