Daniel Daou, Owner, DAOU Winery

02/21/2010 18:44

Daniel Daou, the man behind DAOU Vineyards in Paso Robles, California, recently shared his thoughts on wine, along with some of his own personal history.

The Daou Vineyard practices strict yield management - "saignees" - its wines average only 120 gallons per ton. The premium vineyard sits on 100 acres at 2,200 feet in the Adelaida Mountains. The winery is relatively new, opened in 2007 by Daniel and his brother Georges. It focused on Bordeaux style varieties in addition to Zinfandel and Rhone blends.



Got Tannins.com Blog Interview Questions
What was the first memory you have of wine?
With my dad when I was 13 years old while growing up in France.
What was the first wine that you considered to be good wine?
Leoville Las Cases 1986.
Do you think it's the taste of a good wine or the experience while drinking the wine that makes it good?  Why?
Wine is an experience but the complexity and character of the wine enhances the whole experience and brings out a philosophical component that is hard to explain.
How big is your cellar?
5,000 bottles.
What is your favorite varietal (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)? Why?
Cabernet Sauvignon Blends (i.e. Bordeaux/Meritage). I find it to be the most complex and can develop more complexity with age.
What is your favorite region for wine (i.e. Napa Valley, Margaret River, Montelcino)
Paso Robles.
What is your favorite vineyard or brand?
Do you have a favorite bottle? (varietal, region, year)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 2007
Other than that - Leoville Las Cases 1986 - Bordeaux.
What wine are you saving for a special day?
Dominus 1994
Where do you buy the majority of your wine? (Retailer, Direct, etc. Feel free to name the store you shop at or the site you buy from)
Amazing Grapes in Orange County and through relationships at retail stores.
Have you ever had an organic wine?  Did you like it?
Yes. Not bad...
What is the most you've ever spent on a bottle of wine?
What was your favorite wine experience (or one of your top experiences)?
There are so many... It would be hard to choose... Drinking wine at the end of the day during harvest can be really unforgettable.
Do you have an embarrassing or funny experience to share?
What one wine do you recommend for our readers to try?
DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.
What is an up-and-coming wine (or winery) you think is a good value right now?
DAOU Vineyards.
For more on the Daou Vineyard, check out this YouTube video: