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Wine of the Week: DAOU Vineyards of Paso Robles with a Master Sommelier

Dwight Casimere | 7/9/2020, noon
One of the crippling effects of the current pandemic has been the closing of many tasting rooms and the near ...

One of the crippling effects of the current pandemic has been the closing of many tasting rooms and the near collapse of the wine tourism industry. To counter its effects, wineries have been reaching out to their loyal fans and connoisseurs through the Internet by holding virtual tasting events on Zoom. Participants sign up online and purchase the wines from their local wine shop or designated distributor or directly from the winery. The wines are then shipped to the participants in time for the online tasting event. At the appointed hour, the wine enthusiasts pop the corks on their purchases (usually a half-hour is recommended to allow enough time for the wines to breathe), they sign onto the Zoom link and enter a password, and they can taste along with the winemaker or a wine expert.

DAOU Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles is featuring Celebrity Master Sommelier Fred Dame in a special tasting of their acclaimed wines; DAOU Reserve Chardonnay ($46), DAOU Central Coast Pinot Noir ($24.99), DAOU Bodyguard Red Blend ($50), and DAOU Soul of a Lion ($169.99, VIP Tasting Package).

The tasting experience was hosted by Hinsdale Wine Shop, which offered the tasting package and virtual wine tasting experience.

Fred Dame, MS, is the first American to serve as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide. He is one of the wine industry's most acclaimed consultants.

DAOU Vineyards and Winery is a family-owned estate located in the heart of the Adelaida District in the heart of the rugged coastal mountain range west of Paso Robles, California. Brothers Daniel and Georges Daou established the winery in 2007. Its wines have won virtually every major award in the industry, and are regaled as one of the premiere, high-end wines of the industry. Predominantly comprised of Bordeaux varietals, the wine is known for its richness, complexity and prodigious color. DAOU wines are a testament to the unparalleled terroir of the region and are symbolic of the passion of Daou family. Wine aficionados everywhere prize them. For more information, daouvineyards.com or hinsdalewineshop.com.