So here we are, it’s 2012 and we’re here in the heart of wine country, otherwise known as paradise but more officially known as Paso Robles. This is the first blog post for DAOU Vineyards so I thought some introductions would be in order.
My name is Matt, I’ve lived here in Paso Robles for about nine years and I’m a wine club member at DAOU; having a wine club member write the blog will offer some interesting perspective over time. My wife, Annie and I also have a local wine blog and do our share of visiting and supporting local wineries and events. It truly is a magical time in Paso Robles!
I first met Daniel Daou about four years ago at a wine event but did not go for an official tasting until six months ago or so, prior to the new tasting facility being open. I was not only impressed with how hands- on Daniel is but how engaging he was to chat with…and to top it off, the wines were very impressive. His passion for wine and winemaking are evident!
Daniel’s partner in crime is his brother Georges Daou, who I look forward to spending some time with to get to know him better. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know more of the DAOU team as I’ve gone tasting there, and they really are a very welcoming group of people.
The elephant in the room is the property…at roughly 2,200 feet it is the highest wine tasting room in Paso Robles which has indescribable views. It’s one of those places you really just have to see to believe (or check out the videos here on the website). The newly opened tasting room is a piece of art as well, it is large but comfortable. The last time I was there I sat on the couch by the fire and felt as though I was in someone’s living room. The outdoor area has not been warm enough to go outside and enjoy yet, but I am looking forward to spending time out there and appreciating those amazing and endless views I mentioned before.
The goal with this blog is to be to post a couple of times per month so you’re not being buried with articles to read but I want to offer interesting glimpses into Paso Robles and the DAOU experience. After all, that is what Paso Robles is all about: the experience, which is why I think DAOU fits in so well here. They understand the importance of all of that and it shows in the final product and in the people.
I look forward to seeing and hearing from you…Cheers!