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September 2018

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12  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2018 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT DAOU Vineyards & Winery Welcomes Master Sommelier Fred Dame Brianna Pastrana Joins Silverado Vineyards as Event Manager S ilverado Vineyards has appointed Brianna Pastrana as the winery's new Event Manager. Pastrana will oversee the winery's special events program, which hosts gatherings ranging from large group tastings and private events to collaborative affairs with other wine-focused organizations, including The Stags Leap District Winegrowers and Music in the Vineyards. hosts D AOU Vineyards & Winery has announced that Master Sommelier Fred Dame, one of the most renowned and revered sommeliers in the world, is joining the family-owned company as Global Wine Ambassador. Dame will work with founders Georges and Daniel Daou to continue transforming the Adelaida District of Paso Robles into the global wine industry's next frontier for fine Bordeaux varieties while enhancing awareness of DAOU's exceptional wines. Dame, the first American to serve as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers and complete the Master Sommelier examination in a single year, is one of the wine and restaurant industry's most acclaimed advisors. His decision to join DAOU, an award-winning winery established on DAOU Mountain in 2007, was driven by the opportunity to help blaze a trail in an emerging region with a distinctive terroir and family-focused approach to winemaking. The addition of Dame will further the Daou brothers' commitment to DAOU Mountain and the region itself. "I couldn't think of a better final chapter of my career than the opportunity to work alongside the Daou brothers," said Dame. "Georges and Daniel have a passionate commitment to excel- lence that sets them apart, and it has been demonstrated year over year with the purity and ascent of their wines. When you combine their extraordinary vision and culture with the ideal conditions and developing potential of the mountain, you can imagine my delight in becoming part of this extraordinary winery and its quest to produce the ultimate wines in terms of grace, structure, and complexity." Georges Daou, Fred Dame, MS, and Daniel Daou.

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