Girls’ Night In with The Dreaming Tree Wines

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This past week, I had my friend Jacki over for a little al fresco dining and girl talk. In anticipation for our girls’ night in, I picked up a couple bottles of wine, choosing The Dreaming Tree Crush, a red wine blend, and a nice, light Sauvignon Blanc. Nothing is better than girl talk over wine (and good eats!) on a balmy summer evening. Continue reading for more, including a light and super yummy grilled chicken cobb salad that pairs perfectly with these wines>>

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Cool story, musician Dave Matthews (yes, THAT Dave Matthews) is actually one of the founders of The Dreaming Tree wines. He sought to blend his artistry and passion for wine with co-founder Sean McKenzie to create quality, yet accessible wines out of California wine country.

While the wines are absolutely delicious, I’m also impressed with The Dreaming Tree’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible winemaking practices. In fact, their beautiful labels are made with 100% recycled kraft brown paper and the bottles are actually made with less glass than typical bottles, making them a quarter pound lighter. The Dreaming Tree has also donated over $1,000,000 to environmental organizations, such as The Wilderness Society and Living Lands & Waters. A total win-win in my book!

Grilled Cobb Salad with The Dreaming Tree Wines | A Good Hue

Jacki is a newb wine drinker (she attended her first wine tasting this year!) and is still discovering what she likes. While wine tasting, I noticed that she gravitated to whites so I knew the light, fruity notes of the sauvignon blanc would be perfect for her. It’s crisp tasting with slight hints of tropical flavors. Very nice!

Myself, I love a good red and the Crush did not disappoint. This red includes a blend of merlot, zinfandel, petite syrah and tannat. The flavor is robust yet smooth and easy to drink. For summer, I think this wine would pair beautifully with grilled and BBQ foods.

Grilled Cobb Salad with The Dreaming Tree Wines | A Good Hue

I’m not a wine snob by any means, but I do appreciate a quality tasting wine and these were both impressive. I love tasting and drinking different wines and will definitely be picking these up again. I bought my The Dreaming Tree wines at my local grocery store, but you can also find it at drug or mass stores as well. See where you can find their wine here.

Grilled Cobb Salad with The Dreaming Tree Wines | A Good Hue

To accompany The Dreaming Tree Crush and Sauvignon Blanc wines I thought a light, yet filling grilled cobb salad (recipe below) would be a perfect pairing… and it goes well with both wines. My gal pals and I are into eating healthier (well you know, trying to) and this salad is simply wonderful for a warm summer evening. The salad features a red wine and garlic vinaigrette as a nod to the beautiful Dreaming Tree Crush red wine blend. Yum, yum!  

Here’s a fun tip; when building your cobb salad just remember the acronym EAT COBB: Eggs Avocado Tomato Chicken Onion Bleu cheese Bacon. Genius, right? I wish I could take credit for this acronym! This particular cobb salad doesn’t contain bacon (sorry, bacon lovers!) but has grilled corn added instead.I also grilled a few pieces of romaine ever so slightly, just to impart that great summer grilled flavor throughout. The red wine and garlic vinaigrette is light, tart and just a tad sweet, which marries beautifully with The Dreaming Tree wines.

Grilled Cobb Salad with The Dreaming Tree Wines | A Good Hue

Summer Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
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3959 calories
90 g
1003 g
300 g
213 g
153 g
2213 g
10842 g
26 g
0 g
130 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3959
Calories from Fat 2631
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 300g
Saturated Fat 153g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 113g
Cholesterol 1003mg
Sodium 10842mg
Total Carbohydrates 90g
Dietary Fiber 26g
Sugars 26g
Protein 213g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 Chicken Breast, grilled and sliced or cubed
  2. 6 cups Romaine Lettuce, slightly grilled
  3. Red Wine & Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe below)
  4. 1 Corn on the cob, grilled & removed from cob
  5. 1 Avocado, sliced
  6. 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs, sliced
  7. 11/2 cup Bleu Cheese
  8. 1 Persian Cucumber, Sliced
  9. 2 stalks Green Onion, diced
  10. 1 Tomatoes, diced
  11. ----------------------
Red Wine & Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing
  1. 3 tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 2 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  4. 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  5. 1 tsp, Agave Sweetener
  6. 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  7. Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken breast and place onto a heated and greased grill or grill pan. Cook for several minutes on one side, then flip over to continue cooking until done on the other side. Remove from grill and set aside. Once cooled, cut into strips or bite-sized pieces.
  2. Next, add the corn on the cob to the grill and char slightly for a few minutes, rotating from side to side. I had pre-boiled my corn beforehand so it would be fully cooked prior to grilling. Once grilled, remove from grill and set aside to cool. Using a knife, hold the cob upright and cut the kernels off the cob and into a bowl or plate.
  3. Add your heads of romaine lettuce to the grill, just long enough to get grill marks, rotating from side to side. Remove and set aside. Once cooled, chop into bite-sized pieces.
  4. To assemble the the salad, first start by layering the chopped lettuce into a serving bowl or platter. Drizzle some of the dressing over the lettuce. Next, add your chicken down the center of the salad over the lettuce. Follow by adding stripes of remaining ingredients over the lettuce- grilled corn, hard-boiled egg, avocado, grilled corn, bleu cheese, tomato, cucumber and green onion. Drizzle with dressing and serve. If not serving immediately, cover and chill salad, waiting to add dressing until serving.
  5. For the Red Wine & Garlic Vinaigrette dressing, add all ingredients to a mason jar. Tighten lid and shake until well mixed. Place in refrigerator to cool and shake well again before using.
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Be sure to grab The Dreaming Tree wines for your next girls’ night or summer get-together. Tell me, are you a red or white wine drinker? Share your answer in the comments below!

Please drink responsibly.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #SeedOfAGreatSummer #CollectiveBias


18 thoughts on “Girls’ Night In with The Dreaming Tree Wines

  1. Stefanie

    this looks sooo good! I haven’t had lunch yet and now I’m starving lol. But even better is that wine – after this baby pops I am definitely giving it a try! thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Sockwun

    That’s amazing that they’re an environmentally conscious company. We need more of those! Also, that acronym is great, lol.

    Sockwun |

  3. Sara

    Nothing says Summer like a tasty glass of red on the patio with a fresh salad! This Cobb looks delish – I’m def saving so I can make it for dinner this week!

  4. Stephanie

    I knew Dave Matthews had a winery – Bleheim – because it’s an hour away from where I live and I’ve visited a few times. But I didn’t know that he had wines that were sold in-stores. Now I gotta be on the lookout for The Dreaming Tree! The Crush sounds divine. And that cobb salad looks delish!

  5. Laura

    I’ll have to give their sauvignon blanc a try!! And that salad looks so pretty too. I’ll have to try swapping for grilled salmon or shrimp.

    xo, Laura


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