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Oh, Game of Thrones. With only one season left the vast majority of the western world is preparing to mourn this powerhouse of a series. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried (mostly cried, lets be honest), we’ve cringed, and now we face the toughest challenge of all… the end. Well, fear not! There now exists a way for us to handle our grief in true Westerosi style. Wine. Specifically Game of Thrones themed wine. Yup, you too can drink and know things like Tyrion, or observe that unhappy wives make wine merchants rich like Cersei. Lets just hope you don’t choose to use it as a vehicle for poison like… well, a lot of people on this show.
Alright, so now that we know that we can get wine drunk in time with our favorite characters, lets get down to brass tacks. First, it’s important to know that this is OFFICIAL GoT wine. The label boasts HBO’s logo as well as a note stating that all of the wine is vinted and bottled by Seven Kingdoms Wines in Hopland, CA. So yeah, this is not a knock off. There are currently three varieties of wine to choose from. The Paso Robles and Chardonnay are $25 per bottle and the Cabernet Sauvignon is $50 per bottle. All bottles are 750mL, which is a standard sized bottle of wine. Alternately, you can save a little money and buy one of the mixed boxes. There are a few choices if you decide to go this route. My favorite comes with two bottles of each type of wine (three for drinking and three for saving if you, like me, think that these would be worth saving for posterity) and a free GoT corkscrew.
The first is a 2015 Paso Robles, which is a red blend. Its described by the vineyard as “Dark black cherry, brambly blackberry, vanilla and cocoa aromas. Soft, juicy black fruit flavors combine in the mouth with hints of leather and spice. Tannins are round and chewy with a rich, juicy mouthfeel that ends with a warm and spicy toasty, vanilla-laced finish.” The second is a 2016 Central Coast Chardonnay, which is a white wine. It’s described by the vineyard as having “Enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.” Lastly, and coming in at twice the price of the other two, is a 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a red wine. It is described as having “A delicious nose of blackcurrant, briar and Tahitian vanilla all interwoven through extended aging in the finest French oak barrels. A long and intensely pleasurable finish on the palate, delivers the caress of smooth tannins with a touch of cocoa.”
I went ahead, took one for the team, and tasted the Paso Robles. I know, huge sacrifice, I’m a real hero. At first I was genuinely afraid that these wines were just a huge marketing ploy and was 100% ready to gulp down some crappy themed wine. I am happy to report, that I was very wrong. I mean, lets face facts, at $25 a bottle you aren't neccessarily going to get top shelf wine. But compared to other wine of a similar price range, I personally feel that it held its own and definitely exceeds some of it’s peers. I tend to be kind of picky about wine and especially about reds. I found the Paso Robles to be sweet but not TOO sweet, a little dry but not VERY dry, a nice solid middle of the road wine. I’m definitely not a sommelier, so do with that assessment what you will. I did taste test this bottle with a friend who came to the same conclusion as I did, it’s a shockingly pleasant red that is neither too sweet nor too dry.