I was recently sent wine samples from The Dreaming Tree, a new wine collaboration between winemaker Steve Reeder and musician Dave Matthews. Steve has been involved with wine and beer making his whole life, having worked for Kendall Jackson, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean and Simi. Now, I'm normally weary of wines made with celebrities, as they can be cheesy and uninspiring, but these wines are worth more than a second glance. Also, Dave also owns a winery in Virginia (Blenheim Winery), and actively participates with his wines.
I tried two of their wines: the first was the 2012 "Everyday". It's a Central Coast Monterey County white blend of 42% Gewurztraminer, 33% Riesling, 14% Albariño, 11% Viognier. Looking at the varietals, one might think it's sweet, but it is actually a dry wine with loads of sweet fruit flavor like cantelope and honeyed peaches, and great citrusy meyer lemon. It paired well with my spicy Thai noodles. It's a good wine to try, but wouldn't be my everyday white. (WG 84)
Next I tried the 2010 "Crush". It's a North Coast red blend of 78% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 6% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Full of fresh concentrated berry fruit, plums, light tannins and easy drinking. I thoroughly enjoyed this red and highly recommend it (WG 89).
Both wines are at a great price point ($15) and another great feature of these wines, especially for a Green guy like me, are the practices involved: sustainable farming, no pesticides, recycled paper labels, lightweight bottles, sustainably grown corks. Take a chance: Don't drink the water and Crash into these wines!