2010 The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay: Crisp, light and flavorful
jan. 25, 2012: sauteed chicken seasoned with a rub in canola oil demands a light white wine. and schnucks on north green river happened to have just the type of white wine i was looking for. as basic a food combination as that sounds, this chardonnay from the central coast of california, believe it or not, has a rock and roll connection. dave matthews of the dave matthews band created this wine with noted winemaker steve reeder, and this 2010 vintage turned out well, i think. i was worried that dave's efforts to create a wine would turn out overly buttery. but the opposite, if anything, happened: this was a chardonnay thick with passion fruit and tropical flavors ... light, and very pleasant, by my count. greg, though, thought it was a bit sour, and that it was young, without being overly flavorful. true, i bought this wine because of its association with dave matthews; but i'd buy it again, no questions asked, even if i didn't know dave had anything to do with it. 13.5 percent alcohol. less than $20.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.