Dave may not want you to drink the water (best version ever, by the way), but he really wants you to drink his wine. In an attempt to seek out new flavors and complexities yet break away from the “exclusivity” wine tends to have attached with it, Dave Matthews sought out to make a line of affordable varietals that he enjoyed most. He also really likes his booz, and if you’ve ever been to a Dave show, you probably know that he’s had a decent amount before hand.
Dreaming Tree Wines…
by Dave Matthews, is a collection conceptualized and vinified in cohorts with acclaimed Sonoma County winemaker Steve Reeder. Steve heads up winemaking operations at Simi Winery in Healdsburg, CA. “I make wines for people to drink, I don’t make wines for people to put in their cellar,” says Steve. This angle is particularly evident in the Dreaming Tree Chardonnay, appropriately dubbed “Everyday” (also one of Dave’s biggest songs). All of the varietals found within bottles of Dreaming Tree wine are grown in either the Central or North Coast of California.
Meet the Dreaming Tree Wines team and learn how “Everyday” came to be.
In addition to developing wines with drinkablity in mind, these approachable, affordable and fun varieties are produced with the environment in mind. The bottles are manufactured using clean-burning natural gas and made with 50% less glass than traditional wine bottles. Dreaming Tree corks not only have different Dave Matthews lyrics on them, but they’re recyclable. The labels are made from 100% recycled paper and printed with black ink – meaning less toxins, fewer heavy metals and no bleaching. Dave also has some previous experience with the “juice” prior to the launch of the Dreaming Tree brand. He owns and designed Blenheim Vineyards in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Dreaming Tree Wines hosts four bottles currently. A North Coast red wine blend called “Crush,” a Central Coast Chardonnay, a North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and a Central Coast white wine dubbed “Everyday.” Each bottle sells for $15 at dreamingtreewines.com, though I’ve been able to find it as low as $13 at various retailers like Target.
Dreaming Tree Chardonnay – 2012 Central Coast (most recent vintage)
Growing Regions: 100% Central Coast
Aging: 9 months in oak and stainless steel tanks
RS: 4 g/L
Dreaming Tree “Crush” Red Wine Blend – 2013 North Coast (most recent vintage)
Varietals: 54% Merlot, 20% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 8% Other
Growing Region: North Coast (40% Napa & Sonoma)
Aging: 16 months in oak
Tasting Notes: Fruity floral and dry with a velvety texture. Packed with strawberry, plum and vanilla notes. “Crush” is well balanced with soft tannins and refreshing acid.
Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon – 2011 North Coast (most recent vintage)
Varietals: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Other
Growing Regions: North Coast (65% Sonoma County)
Aging: 18 months in oak
Dreaming Tree “Everyday” White Wine – 2013 Central Coast (most recent vintage)
Varietals: 39% Riesling, 37% Gewürtztraminer, 14% Viognier, 10% Albariño
Growing Region: Central Coast
Aging: Stainless steel
Acidity: 6.3 g/L
RS: 9.1 g/L