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Wine, Would You Say?

Nov 4, 2011
Wine, Would You Say?
Rocker Dave Matthews promotes sustainability with Virginia farm and winery

davematthewsWe want to personally thank Dave Matthews for devoting part of his rock fortune to organic farming. With Blenheim Vineyards, a family winery specializing in artisan merlot and chardonnay, the front man for the Dave Matthews Band is helping to elevate the status of Virginia wine.

Matthews’ brother, Peter, was the original vineyard manager of the four-acre property outside Charlottesville, where Dave used to bartend in his early-20s. Dave acquired the property in 1999 and put long-time friend, Brad McCarthy, in charge of winemaking. Their mutual friend, Kirsty Harmon, who trained at Domaine Faiveley in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France, took over in 2008, and has since added multiple reds to Bleinheim’s portfolio. The current line-up includes a 2010 syrah and 2009 cabernet sauvignon.

As Matthews told Food & Wine magazine, by participating in Farm-Aid, the non-profit concert that raises awareness about family farms, he experienced a deeper awakening to the importance of food. “What I learned from Farm-Aid was the unhealthy way that big farms work; this mass farming; this poisoning of the land. So I started looking for good foods.”

And good, affordable wines. The majority of Bleinheim’s wines are priced under $21.

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