Drown Your Sorrow in Game of Thrones wine
Winter is coming…and after that, it’s spring, and time for Game of Thrones season 5 — along with a series of wines themed from Westeros and beyond.
The HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones has inspired everything from T-shirts to board games, figurines and cookbooks. But fans can now drown their sorrows, Cersei-style, with a new set of Game of Thrones-inspired wines. The Wines of Westeros range is made up of 12 different Australian wines, each representing a major house or group from George RR Martin’s book and TV series.
“The reds are all associated with the houses that are headstrong and robust. The whites, on the other hand, are more cunning, perceptive and mysterious,” said Jane Burhop of Common Ventures, the Australian agency behind the wines.
Anyone want to guess if the House Lannister wine is white or red?
The House Baratheon and House Lannister wines are both 2014 Pinot Noirs. If only we’d had a bottle ready for the Red Wedding.
Other reds include a 2014 Merlot for Dothraki, described as a wine that will “fuel your animal instincts and help you woo your Khaleesi.” House Martell is represented by a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Night’s Watch and House Targaryen are both represented as a 2014 Shiraz.
The white wines include a 2014 Chardonnay for House Tyrell, and a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc for the White Walkers and Wildlings over the wall, and House Arryn, House Greyjoy and House Stark.
Whether this becomes a coveted item for the fans or a bottle that is opened with every episode, this wine is made to be drunk with friends and to help soften the blow of the shock and heartache as our favourite characters are slowly killed off.
A bottle of Westeros wine will cost about £11 ($20) and will be available to order by the time the fifth season premieres in 2015. Game of Thrones is not the only pop-culture phenomenon to inspire drinkers: wines have previously been produced for Downton Abbey, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Fifty Shades of Grey.
The final episode of the fourth season of Game of Thrones was watched by 18.6 million in the US and was renewed for a fifth and sixth season in April.