Daou Vineyards and Sally's taking wine dinners to new heights

Sunsets and wine are a favorite pairing at Daou Vineyards & Winery.

A monthly Sunset Series lets visitors to the Paso Robles estate sip the expertly crafted wine while taking in the setting sun from atop the 2,200-foot elevation Daou Mountain.

Next Thursday, San Diegans can get a taste of that experience from the 32nd floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt as part of the Sally’s Fish House & Bar-Daou Vineyards Sunset & Wine Dinner.

The five-course pairing dinner will begin shortly before sunset on the hotel’s Bayview Terrace with a glass of Daou 2018 sauvignon blanc and a goat cheese and strawberry mousse amuse-bouche.

The eating and drinking then moves directly to the waterfront at Sally’s, where Daou regional manager Daniel Brunner will take guests through the next courses and pairings.

Daou is owned by brothers Georges and Daniel Daou — both former Rancho Santa Fe residents with electrical and computer engineering degrees from UC San Diego — who just a little over a decade ago were betting big on Paso Robles.

“Our dream is to build a global brand that will be respected for years to come,” Daniel Daou, the winemaker, told the Union-Tribune in 2008, as the first vines were being planted on their prized 100-acre Adelaida District property.

Today, the Daou portfolio ranges from pricey, limited-production, critically acclaimed wines to mass-market, highly quaff-able bottlings (most from grapes sourced from outside Daou Mountain). The estate wines have earned praised for balancing both power and finesse.

“In only a few years, Daou has established itself as not only one of the most significant producers in Paso Robles, but a winery whose astonishing breadth of successes has justifiably earned it a place among the very best in the state,” according to The Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine.

The creative crew at Sally’s have put together an inviting menu that showcases both the wine and that underrated restaurant’s skill, including: Kauai prawn mascarpone risotto, with the reserve 2017 chardonnay; sous vide pork tenderloin with the 2017 Pessimist blend (syrah, petite sirah, zinfandel and tannat); linguini with braised short rib ragù with 2015 Soul of a Lion (Bordeaux blend); and chocolate and boysenberry cake with 2016 reserve cabernet.

Sunset & Wine Dinner

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7

Where: Sally’s Fish House & Bar, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown San Diego

Tickets: $124, including tax and tip. Three hours complimentary self-parking with validation from Sally's. bit.ly/2tGrdNH

Phone: (619) 358-6740

Online: sallyssandiego.com

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