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Drink: Dreaming Tree Crush Wine

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, nothing is more romantic with dinner than a glass of your favorite red wine. Whether it’s rich and fruity, deep and earthy or somewhere in between, red wine is an icon of sophistication and class.

So, when none other than Dave Matthews decided he was going to start his own wine brand with Sonoma County winemaker Sean McKenzie, heads were understandably scratched. What kind of good time idea did Dave have here? Would he really be able to take his global front man persona and use it to sell affordable blends?

As it turns out, rock stars have a pretty easy time moving merchandise (just ask KISS). The wine took off as a hit shortly after conception because of its flawless marriage of quality and price.

Crush is one of the more popular varieties, and after a sip, it’s obvious why. The company website describes the wine as having “raspberry jam and vanilla oak characters on the nose, it has juicy mixed berry flavors and full-but-soft and approachable tannins.”

In layman’s terms, the wine is perfect for the everyday experience. It won’t be your finest bottle in the cupboard, broken out only for weddings and graduations. But, stocking your pantry with a few bottles of this will mean all your guests (or just yourself, no judgment) will be pleased. It’s a dry variety that tends to sit on the tongue for a bit, imparting that oaky flavor that so many wine drinkers enjoy.

This particular blend is a healthy 13.8 percent ABV and costs $15 per bottle on the website, but it won’t ship to the Louisiana bayou, so check your nearest grocery store.

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