'Game of Thrones' Wine Is Coming
On HBO’s Game of Thrones, characters guzzle copious amount of wine (presumably to wash away all the traumatic memories of betrayal and bloodshed). If you’ve ever dreamed of sipping and scheming with Tyrion, or getting sauced with Cersei, Entertainment Weekly reports that you can soon do so vicariously from the comfort of your own couch, with a new GOT-inspired wine line.
Vintage Wine Estates, a winery in Santa Rosa, California, has partnered with HBO to produce three types of Game of Thrones-branded wine: a “proprietary red blend” and a chardonnay (both $20), along with a cabernet sauvignon ($40). No official release date has been announced, but the New York Daily News reports that the wine will hit stores nationwide in spring 2017, just in time to uncork it for the show’s seventh season premiere in the summer.
This isn’t the hit TV series' first foray into the alcoholic beverage business. Beer-loving fans have enjoyed GOT-themed brews since the show’s second season, produced by Cooperstown, New York-based brewery Ommegang. Since you’re more likely to see the show’s characters downing a tall goblet of vino in any given scene, it seemed only right to add wine to the mix, HBO executives said.
“Given the prominent role of wine on Game of Thronesand our previous success in the beverage category, an officially licensed wine for the show feels like a natural extension for our fans,” Jeff Peters, HBO’s director of licensing and retail, said in a statement quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
The GOT-themed wines won't be available until 2017, but you can get a sneak peek at their mythical-looking labels below.
I know what I'm drinking for the next few months. https://t.co/j7flIOiNUC
— PGP (@PostGradProblem) November 26, 2016
[h/t Entertainment Weekly]