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With hints of baking spice and plum, this wine is jammy...just like the DMB Band.

The DMB has its fans and detractors: you either champion

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If You Missed Dave Matthews At The Gorge, You Can Still Try His Wine At Elliott Bay Brewing Co.

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With hints of baking spice and plum, this wine is jammy...just like the DMB Band.

The DMB has its fans and detractors: you either champion his lush, croony rock or find it inherently douchey. But Dave Matthews' light tour schedule these days indicates he may be leaning away from music and toward his other pastime: winemaking.

The jam band frontman stands among the likes of Maynard James Keenan and Les Claypool as rocker-turned-vintner, and after the DMB's recent three-date show at the Gorge, it seemed particularly timely to imbibe on a bottle of Dreaming Tree Wine when one was suggested to me and my boyfriend upon a recent visit to Burien's Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub.

It was a fine blend, but what really captured my attention was the winery's attention to sustainability, toting these high points on their website:

  • Lightweight bottles manufactured with clean-burning natural gas
  • 100% recycled paper labels
  • Black ink printing--no bleaching, reduced toxins and heavy metals
  • Natural corks from sustainable farms

If Matthews' music hasn't already attracted fans to his new venture--the singer also owns another winery, Virginia-based Blenheim Vineyards--the "sustainable" angle is a great way to bring the product to the eco-minded market, and one in keeping with his commitment to projects like Farm Aid (where he'll perform again later this month). Try some at the Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub.

For more on my thoughts on rock 'n' roll and wine, check out my review on the Wine Rocks fundraiser here: Less Rock, More Cork.

 
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