As you are gearing up for holiday parties, we’ve found some wines that are sure to be a hit with your crowd. Even better, these selections are a natural conversation starter because they combine the worlds of wine and music.
You can tell your friends how musician Dave Matthews is now in the wine business. He teamed up with award-winning winemaker Steve Reeder to create The Dreaming Tree wine collection, named after his song ‘The Dreaming Tree” from the 1998 album “Before These Crowded Streets.” “These are wines you’re going to want to share with your favorite people,” says Reeder.
The newest addition to their offerings is one we especially like. It’s the newly-released 2012 Central Coast Everyday white blend. It joins new vintages of 2011 Central Coast Chardonnay, 2011 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 North Coast Crush, and 2009 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The pricing ranges from $15 to $35.
Matthews and Reeder concentrated on producing wines that have serious soul along with being affordable enough to appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers.
“There’s this kind of funny snobbery around wine that makes it seem exclusive, but it’s not true. Wine is for everyone and it’s fantastic stuff,” says Matthews.
Along with attention to wine quality, they are motivated to be equally environmentally conscious. The natural cork is sustainably grown and recyclable. The label is made with 100% recycled Kraft brown paper and the bottles, which are a quarter pound lighter than the average, are sealed with an eco-friendly sealant.