Dave Matthews and the Dreaming Tree Wines
Buy a bottle of wine between April 15 and April 22 to plant a tree
Most Virginians know that Dave Matthews not only makes great music, but he also produces quality wine. We know him for the Dave Matthews Band – DMB – and Blenheim Vineyards, a few miles southeast of Charlottesville. What you may not know is that he also partnered with a New Zealand winemaker, Sean McKenzie, to create wines at a California vineyard dubbed “The Dreaming Tree” after the DMB song.
Varietals include chardonnay (aged in a combination of oak and stainless steel), sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. The winery’s Crush Red Blend marries merlot, zinfandel, petite sirah and tannat to provide notes of smoky berry, raspberry jam and dark fruits.
Though the lyrics to “The Dreaming Tree” capture reversals of fortune, Matthews’ California winery works literally to combat environmental reversals – with, appropriately a focus on trees. Labels are made with 100 percent recycled paper; bottles are a quarter-pound lighter to cut down on fuel used in shipping; the winery is certified sustainable; and The Dreaming Tree has donated more than one million dollars to environmental organizations.
This year, the winery offers another way to support the environment. For every bottle of The Dreaming Tree wine sold between April 15 and Earth Day on April 22, conservation organization Living Lands and Waters will plant one tree.
The Dreaming Tree wines are available in Virginia retail stores and through The Dreaming Tree Wines website.