If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, then you’ll remember that Tyrion Lannister famously once said: “Everything’s better with some wine in the belly”. I’m inclined to agree. A glass of red wine and a good meal? Count me in. I can’t think of anything better right now.
However, the merchandising team over at Game of Thrones have decided to take Tyrion’s words to heart, and have released three officially-licensed Game of Thrones wines, in collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates. HBO collaborated with the Santa Rosa winery to create a chardonnay, a cabernet sauvignon and a red wine.
The folk at PopSugar had the chance to try these wines out before they hit the shelves, and the verdict is in: they’re pretty decent. The cabernet sauvignon had a positive reaction: “Notes of blackcurrant, Tahitian vanilla, and cocoa, this smooth red was a favorite among POPSUGAR editors. In reviews, one called it ‘smooth, not sweet,’ and another proclaimed: ‘Dry — I love it!'”
The chardonnay also went down well with the PopSugar office: “Featuring stone fruit, white blossom, citrus, spice, and honey notes, this acidic Central Coast white pleased several POPSUGAR staffers. The general consensus, as one reviewer put it, is that the white is ‘pretty damn good.'”
The PopSugar team also enjoyed the red blend, saying that the “red blend of Syrah, Tempranillo, and Petite Sirah, features notes of black fruit, vanilla, and spice. Our reviewers described it as ‘rather perfumey’ and ‘very sweet for a red,’ but that certainly didn’t stop them from giving a solid rating.”
The prices are reasonable, too. The chardonnay and red blend cost $20 per bottle, and the cabernet sauvignon comes in at $50. Not bad if you’re looking to drink like the kings and queens of Westeros.
HBO director of licensing and retail Jeff Peters told Entertainment Weekly about the release back in November 2016: “Given the prominent role of wine on Game of Thrones and our previous success in the beverage category, an officially licensed wine for the show feels like a natural extension for our fans. Game of Thrones wines most definitely will add to the fan experience as the battle for the Iron Throne heats up heading into the final seasons.” It’s exciting to see these wines finally make their way out of Westeros and into my wine cupboard.