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Dreaming Tree... That's a song title, right? Actually, it’s the product of Dave Matthews’ musical mind, along with winemaker Steve Reeder’s wine talents. When Matthews was performing at Robert Mondavi Winery, Steve Reeder was there and conversing with representatives from Constellation wine brand. Ideas centering around the perfect union of wine, food, and music were flowing, and someone asked Reeder’s opinion about working with Dave Matthews to create wine. After a little research, Reeder called Matthews “a true artist,” in the sense of the multi-talented artists of the Renaissance, adding that Matthews also has a small Virginia winery, as well as a farm. In short, Reeder was delighted to initiate a collaboration. Reeder sent Matthews some Simi wines to sip, and Matthews reported back what he liked, and why he liked it. After some trial blends, the duo of “Dreaming Tree” has produced three new wines. These include a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a red blend. Sold at around $15 a bottle, the wines are “Wine Institute certified sustainable” meaning that their bottles are lightweight and eco-friendly. Reeder commented that Dave is concerned about being socially responsible, and that this type of packaging is the “right” thing to do “for the right reasons.” Reeder also commented that just as Dave Matthews loves music, so does he love wine!