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My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode.
2009 Dreaming Tree “Crush” red blend, North Coast, California $15
A collaboration between Sonoma winemaker Steve Reeder and musician Dave Matthews, Dreaming Tree is a new label that focuses on drinkability, sustainability, and affordability. Crush is a Merlot-based red blend that's as smooth to drink as it is listening to Dave Matthews sing.
2010 Dreaming Tree Chardonnay, Central Coast, California $15
Just like Dave’s group -- where each instrument marries with the others to make the whole band work -- the toasty oak notes of this Chardonnay complement its tropical fruit flavors and racy acidity. This is a succulent white that will please just about any palate.
2009 Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $18
One of Aussie’s hottest young winemakers, Ben Glaetzer, crafts the Heartland wines to capture the essence of South Australia’s Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast regions. This red is structured and full-bodied but with a sassy sense of fun, too. It’s one to drink now with burgers and steak and simply enjoy.