Game of Thrones fans have eagerly been awaiting the seventh season of their beloved fantasy television show. Yesterday, Thronies could toast to the premiere with a glass of Game of Thrones wine.
Based on the series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is known for its complex, and at times violent, depiction of a battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. The characters also drink a lot of wine.
To please the palate of Game of Thrones (GoT) fans, television network HBO partnered with Vintage Wines Estates to create three GoT-themed wines: a Chardonnay, red blend and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The new wines are made by Bob Cabral, award-winning winemaker of Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma and formally of Williams Seylem in Healdsburg. Cabral is a big fan of Game of Thrones and jumped on the opportunity to create the show’s namesake “real world” wines. He found inspiration in the show’s different houses, creating three distinct wines with labels representing each house and its symbol (or sigil).
The Golden Lion of the House of Lannister is represented with a 2016 Chardonnay from the Central Coast ($19.99). House of Targaryen is celebrated with Cabral’s 2014 Paso Robles Red Blend ($19.99). It’s a blend of Syrah, Tempranillo, and Petite Sirah. The boldest of the wines, the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, represents the House of Stark ($49.99), with a direwolf on the label.
Game of Thrones wines are currently available at the Flight Deck (308 Center St., Healdsburg, (707) 921-2893) and Costentio Winery (7415 Saint Helena Hwy, Napa, (800) 764-1220). The wines are also available online at gameofthroneswines.com.