Crushing on the Dreaming Tree

Is there anything smoother than Dave Matthews on a warm summer evening? How about wine from Dave Matthews on a warm summer evening? Yep, the musical master is lending his golden touch to wine with the creation of Dreaming Tree Wines.

I found The Dreaming Tree Crush (North Coast red blend, 2009) on sale at Safeway for about $9, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Winemaker Steve Reeder paired up with Matthews to make wine as accessible as music, something everyone can enjoy on any night of the week. As Reeder describes it: “I make wines for people to drink. I don’t make wines for people to put in their cellar.” (Dreaming Tree website)

Indeed, the Crush blend is about as drinkable as you’ll ever find – it’s like crushed velvet, as smooth as the real thing without the restrictive weight. Hell, I tasted it with a veggie stir-fry tonight, and I think I’ll pair it with hamburgers tomorrow.

The tannins are present without being oppressive. There are hints of coffee and tobacco (love!) but you won’t feel the need to rinse with water after a swig. Crush is a wine you’d want to take on a picnic and savor while lying in the grass under a big willow tree, listening to the rustle of leaves in the breeze and the trickle of a stream nearby. You might watch the clouds pass overhead while you unwittingly hum “Satellite.”

Your memories of that day will be of the breeze and the clouds and the absence of time, and you’ll remember that delicious red wine that paired as perfectly with your deli sandwich as it did with your chocolate-chip cookies. So you’ll pick up another bottle for the Friday night dinner with friends, and probably another bottle to sip with your partner by the fire pit on your patio.

The wine will become a welcome guest in your home, but never the centerpiece. It’s not meant to steal the show, but its presence would be missed should you forget to invite it.

And The Dreaming Tree has a certain personality trait that ensures it a permanent place in my wine rack: sustainability. This line of three wines – Crush (red blend), Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon – is produced with sustainable practices, from the lightweight glass to the recycled paper for its labels and its sustainable natural corks. And the winery even partnered with The Wilderness Society, working to conserve public lands.

So what are you waiting for? Go grab your most broken-in Levis, round up some friends to meet you at the beach, and bring  a bottle of Crush to complement your spread of artisan cheeses. And enjoy the night.

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