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Game of Thrones Wine Is Coming

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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.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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Happy National Tequila Day! While you could celebrate by having a few drinks, you could also skip the hangover by unlocking one of tequila's amazing abilities outside of a glass. Many spirits are useful for activities beyond sipping (vodka, for example, is a great stain and odor remover), but tequila holds some particularly magical powers. Here are just a few of them.

1. SYNTHETIC BAUBLE

In 2008, a team of scientists in Mexico discovered that when the heated vapor from an 80-proof tequila blanco was combined with a silicon or stainless steel substrate, it resulted in the formation of diamond films. These films can be used in commercial applications, such as electrical insulators, or to create one big fake diamond. Who knew that spending $50 on a bottle of Don Julio was such a wise investment?

2. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

Keeping with the science theme: In 2011, researchers at England’s University of Oxford suggested that we may one day be gassing up our cars with tequila. They identified agave, the plant from which tequila is produced, as a potential biofuel source—and a particularly attractive one, as the plant itself is not consumed by humans and can thrive in desert climates.

3. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT

Scientists have long promoted the potential benefits of the agave plant for its ability to help dissolve fats and lower cholesterol. The bad news? These properties get a bit diluted when the plant is distilled into alcohol. Even more so when it's whipped into a sugary margarita.

4. SLEEP AID

Take three or more shots of tequila and you’re bound to pass out. A single shot can have the same effect—just not in that drunken stupor kind of way. Relaxation is one of the positive side effects of tequila drinking; a small amount (1 to 1.5 ounces) before bedtime can reportedly help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

5. COLON CLEANSER

Too much of a good thing may not bring a welcome turn of events for your liver … but your colon will thank you! Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara have identified the blue agave as a potentially helpful source for delivering drugs to the colon in order to treat colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease and even cancer.

6. DIABETES PREVENTATIVE

If Ernest Hemingway had known about the healing properties of tequila, his signature drink might have been a margarita instead of a daiquiri. In 2010, experiments conducted at Mexico’s Polytechnic Institute of Guanajuato revealed that the agave plant (which is high in fructans, a fructose polymer) could stimulate the GLP-1 hormone, aiding in increased insulin production.

7. COLD REMEDY

“Plenty of liquids” is a well-known remedy for getting oneself out from under the weather. But expanding that definition to include a kicked-up shot of tequila makes a day laid out on the couch sound much more appealing. In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended the following concoction to fight off a cold.

.5 ounce of tequila blanco
.5 ounce of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats)
.5 ounce of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C) 

Though some people (including tequila companies) swear by its healing powers, others say it's hogwash.

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