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Laura Downing, Caroline Downing Gahm

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is excited to present the very popular Savor the Symphony, an evening with a silent auction and a seated wine dinner. The event this year will be held on Thursday, April 13 at The Ritz-Carlton, bringing together Symphony patrons and business leaders. 

Mother and daughter duo Laura Downing and Caroline Downing Gahm are the event chairs. The elegant night will begin at 6:30 with a cocktail reception. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on individual bottles of wine, preview the auction packages and to purchase wine through the Wine Pull. Guests will then be seated at 7:15 p.m. for a lavish three-course wine-paired dinner. Wine from Coquerel Family Wine Estates will be available for tasting during the reception. 

Underwriting is available at $20,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $3,500. Individual underwriting tickets are $500, individual tickets are $350 and a limited number of Young Professional Tickets will be available for $225. For further information, visit

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs which include Kim Noltemy Young Musicians, Young Strings and the Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert Series.  These programs impact over 35,000 area students and are vital as they promote brain development and high school graduation rates, opening doors to a brighter future. 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $22 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.  

Clay & Brenda Cockerell
As serious wine lovers for more than three decades, Clay and Brenda have traveled extensively throughout the great appellations of Europe and sampled everything from simple, honest regional bottlings to some of the world’s most celebrated wines. 

Years ago, while visiting the Napa Valley, they decided the time was right to make their own wines. Coquerel was born. (The name Coquerel is an archaic French derivation of the family name - Cockerell.) 

In 2005, they purchased a vineyard in Calistoga planted to old-vine, dry-farmed Sauvignon Blanc. In 2008 they acquired the adjacent site that was planted to a handful of traditional varieties rarely found in modern-day Napa. Since then Clay and Brenda have revamped, replanted and upgraded the property to luxury-class winegrowing standards. For more information: 

Winemaker Christine Barbe
Christine was born and raised in Bordeaux France. She studied biochemistry and received her doctorate degree in Enology and Viticulture from the Bordeaux Institute of Enology. Her knowledge of sauvignon blanc is extensive as she made wine at Chateau Carbonnieux and La Louviere in Pessac-Leognan. Christine worked with the renowned Denis Dubourdieu and learned firsthand how to taste sauvignon blanc grapes as they ripen and how to harvest them to maximize the aroma and flavor of the wine.

In 1996 Christine moved to California where she engaged in winemaking and viticulture research for Robert Mondavi, Gallo and Trinchero. Christine also produces wonderful wine under her personal label Toquade. 

Christine oversees the winemaking and viticultural programs and practices at our estate vineyard in Calistoga. In the spirit of the traditional French vigneron, a life she knows well from her years in Bordeaux, Christine manages all aspects of the farming, harvesting, vinification and bottling to ensure the highest quality, most expressive wines possible. 

Coquerel Family Wine Estates

The estate “Walnut Wash” vineyard sits in the afternoon shadows of the Mayacamas Mountains at the north end of Napa Valley in the Calistoga AVA. The site is warm and protected and features a mix of deep clay and stony soils. There are currently seven acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo. In 2014 they added four acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Under the guidance of winemaker Christine Barbe, the vineyard is intensely farmed for low yields and high quality.



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