Crushing on Red and White Blends from The Dreaming Tree


When you think of Dave Matthews, you probably think of “Crush” or “Everyday” and, like, the ’90s. A couple of decades later, the names “Crush” and “Everyday” apply—but as wines rather than as songs.

Musician Dave Matthews, with Sonoma County vintner Steve Reeder, continues to expand The Dreaming Tree collection of wines, which was named for a song on the Dave Matthews Band album, “Before These Crowded Streets.” Included in the approachable collection, the 2009 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($35); the 2011 North Coast Crush Red-Blend ($15); the 2011 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon ($15); the 2011 Central Coast Chardonnay ($15); and the 2012 Central Coast Everyday White-Blend ($15).

Quest‘s favorites are (of course) the blends, which make for the perfect host or hostess gift—no matter how discerning the palate:

The “Crush” red-blend, which combines the varieties of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah, pairs well with Spanish or Vietnamese fare—or anything, really! “For Crush, Dave and I hand-selected a special blend of our favorite varieties to create a red wine that pulls you in with notes of smoky berry and a pop of raspberry jam. Around the dinner table or out on the patio, it’s a wine you’re going to want to share with your favorite people,” says Reeder. (Click here to purchase.)

The “Everyday” white-blend offers floral and honeysuckle notes with fruity, zesty flavors, combining the varieties of Gewürtztraminer, Riesling, Albariño, and Viognier. “Blended from select aromatic varietals that thrive in the central coast vineyards of Monterey County, Everyday is perfect as a sipping wine and it also goes well with spicy foods,” says Reeder. (Click here to purchase.)

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