The Inaugural SAHM Taste and Play was a blast! Five SAHMs, ten kiddos, one fabulous sister, and Dave Matthews. Well, his wine and music. That is as close as we will probably ever get to Mr. Fabulous. And, as usual, he did not disappoint.
We tasted both the Dreaming Tree Crush and the Cabernet Sauvignon. We started with the Crush and, I’ll admit, I think I have one. A good nose, not overpowering. Bright and juicy. I accidentally saw the description on the bottle when I was looking for a blend. It is hard to get their words out of your head when tasting, but I tried. I got a really good berry flavor with a touch of smoky warmth. Dry, but not too dry to drink alone. Really balanced, really easy drinking. Although not overly complex, it was a darn tasty glass of wine. As it said on the website, it is not a bottle to be saved, but to be enjoyed with friends. Couldn’t agree more.
The Cab was tasty, too. Now for me, if I am drinking a Cab, I want it really big and complex to be pared with food. This was not big and complex, but it is young, too. I think that you are only going to get just so big at this price point (under $15) so take it for what it is. One guest liked it better than the Crush. Try them both and see what you think.
Now, I want to know what you think about Dreaming Tree? Don’t be afraid. Just tell us in your own words. You can’t be ”wrong” if it is your opinion, right? I think they would both make great Monday wines. As Nikki commented on the last post, and Mr. Matthews sings, “What Would you Say?”
A few days ago, a friend (we’ll call her “Mama K)” posted on my Facebook page about wanting to taste the Dreaming Tree wines. If you missed the post, Dreaming Tree is the collaborative effort of Mr. Dave “Yummy” Matthews and Sonoma winemaker, Steve Reeder. Mama K said that if his wine was anywhere near as good as his music, we were in for a treat. A few days later, I found a bottle and we set up a playdate.
Then we got to brainstorming. What if we had a few moms join us, then we could all discuss the wine? Even better, what if several SAHMs and friends, near and far, joined us and wrote their own reviews? And thus was born, The SAHMmelier Play and Taste Party.
Dreaming Tree Crush is currently on sale at Target for only $9.99 which makes it a perfect candidate for a “Monday Wine.” Plus, it will be easy to grab a bottle when you are out buying diapers or detergent. The website has a full tasting notes page on the wine, but I am going to challenge you to NOT look at it until you have tasted and given your own descriptors. Remember, they don’t have to be “correct.” Just enjoy the discovery! We will post our reviews and encourage you to comment with your thoughts on the wine. Each month we will pick a new wine and announce it a few days before the Taste and Play. If you have a suggestion for a Monday wine , let us know.
Now, don’t worry. We are all responsible moms and will only be tasting. There won’t be time for more than a sip or two amongst the bedlam of little ones anyway. But, it will be a great social escape at the end of a long day. So, how about it? Want to play?