It was a party that would make F. Scott Fitzgerald proud.

DAOU Vineyards & Winery celebrated its third annual membership party in December 2016 with a bang. This year’s soiree was themed after Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby. The wine flowed, and with a charcuterie spread to die for, party guests took in the ethereal sights of the hills of Paso Robles at sunset. Following dinner and a memorable speech from Georges Daou, the festivities extended long into the night.

We had one task for the party; drive the McLaren 570s from Los Angeles to our destination – Paso Robles. This 2-seater is blazing fast and goes from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds. The bright orange color was definitely a show stopper as we took the tech savvy car up the coast. We even stopped alongside Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach and took some incredible pictures.

Guests were dashing and dressed to impress in traditional 1920s garb – men wore tuxedos, bow ties and a variety of hats. Women arrived in beaded flapper dresses with flowers in their hair and dripping in diamonds. The drink of choice was the Daou Vineyards Soul of a Lion, a vintage 2013 Cabernet.

The 2013 DAOU Estate Soul of a Lion shows a beautiful depth of color. The black velvety core leads to aromas of early spring violets, crushed blueberries, and shaved chocolate. The palate is seductively balanced by the unique tartness of black raspberries and concentrated oral complexity of crème de cassis. Nuanced vanilla bean, cedar forest floor, and spiced tobacco round out the spectrum flavors. Integrated tannins, bright acidity, and moderate alcohol naturally extend into a seamless finish that lingers on the senses. Made from maturing vines, this wine showcases the best of DAOU Mountain terroir.

With a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the best, DAOU submitted its excellent selection for its party-goers to taste. Located in the Adelaida region of Paso Robles, California the vineyard was founded in 2007 by brothers – Daniel and Georges Daou. 

During the party, they had several Rolls-Royce and McLaren parked around their vineyard. Guests posed in front of all of the cars throughout the party. 

The red carpet entrance rivaled the entrance of the Academy Awards. Guests were greeted by burlesque dancers flaunting the Roaring 20s attire.

DAOU Vineyards imported this tree from abroad. It’s several hundred years old and illuminated the winery. Next year, James Bond will be the theme of their annual membership party.

To experience the magnificence of DAOU, reservations can be made online and are strongly recommended.

For those interested in information on how to join Club DAOU and attend next year’s event, details can be found here.


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