Dreaming Tree Cabernet from Dave Matthews and Steve Reeder
Well, I've finally gotten around to trying the 2009 Dreaming Tree Cabernet, the flagship red from this collaboration between Dave Matthews and Simi winemaker Steve Reeder. I'm sure Matthews had little to do with this project aside from lending his name and willingness to encourage his eight-piece rhythm section to swig bottles onstage. The good news is that Reeder is a very accomplished winemaker, so he's able to effectively cobble together some perfectly drinkable blends for this value-priced line. These are hard-workin' $10 wines that are soft, fairly generic and relaxing, much like Dave Matthews' music. Kick off those Birkenstocks, unleash your ponytail, and imagine you're on an airplane, about to have the best glass of wine you've ever had in the coach section.
My friends call me Tim Skyscraper, mostly because they can't pronounce my real last name. When I was 21, I scored a job in a wine and spirits shop, started writing and never stopped.
More recently, I have contributed articles about wine to the San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Wine News, Tasting Panel, The Wave, Cooking Pleasures, Wines & Vines, Vineyard and Winery Management and other wine and spirits publications.
I spend a lot of time thinking about food and music. I do not consider myself to be a wine snob, but I plead guilty to being an unbearable snob when it comes to music.