thirstyGIRL: The Dreaming Tree Wine Review and Food Pairings

The Dreaming Tree Wine Review Confession Girl

”If it tastes good to you, then it’s good wine” Dave Matthews wine philosophy.

What can possibly go wrong when you combine Russian River, a world renowned wine maker, and Dave Matthews? Exactly nothing, just a pretty remarkable wine called, The Dreaming Tree.

I have some pretty fond memories that involve Dave Mathews Band, from meeting the love of my life to enjoying concerts with my Santa Barbara girls. So, it would be pretty appropriate that I would gravitate to this wine. Plus there’s a great story behind the wine.

The collaboration between Dave and Steve, and their wine making is about using sustainable farming practices, labels that are made with 100% recycled paper, and using bottles that are quarter pound lighter than normal. Pretty cool in my book!

Now let’s get to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Wine Maker’s Notes
“When you’re working with Dave, you want to make sure whatever you’re doing has soul. The rhythm of our North Coast Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon highlights classic aromas of blackberry, cherry and herbal notes wrapped by toasted vanilla. It’s an easy-drinking wine with a lot of character.”—Steve Reeder

The Dreaming Tree
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Other
Alcohol: 13.7%
Location: North Coast

My Tasting Notes:
Dave and Steve’s creation is a great blend of fruity aromas and spicy sweetness. I loved the flavor that runs throughout the cycle of this wine – from the aroma all the way to the finish. A lovely taste of ripe cherry lingers with every sip of The Dreaming Tree, but its not overwhelming or too sweet. It’s balanced with a great peppery hint that makes this wine supple with flavor. The wine reminds me more of a sweeter Zinfandel, which to me is just perfect!

This is a great cab that can be served to the snootiest of friends, to the newbies of wine! I hope you add The Dreaming Tree to your wine ‘must haves’. Please let me know what you think.


$15 per bottle


Wine Food Pairings by Confession Girl

This week I paired Dave and Steve’s Cab, The Dreaming Tree (song link), with a simple recipe. I made rib-eye steaks with a dry rub, grilled portobello mushroom reduced in balsamic vinegar, and a green salad tossed with dried cranberries.

K.Lo Confession Girl

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Photos: The Dreaming Tree, A Family Feast, Food Network

Karen is one of the founders at Confession Girl, loves drinking wine, craft beer, reading and running. Studied nutrition and sport injury at University of Santa Barbara, but decided to follow a passion in creative. Follow me on Twitter @confessiongirl2

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