While Virginians are enjoying sights of spring flowers beginning to bloom and the gradual greening of the local landscape, the iconic words “Winter is Coming” are being echoed aloud as the eighth and final season of HBO’s highly successful cult series “Game of Thrones” begins Sunday, April 14th, 2019.
“Game of Thrones” is roughly based on a series of fantasy novels called A Song of Fire and Ice, by author George R. R. Martin, and is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros on the continent of Esso. The series chronicles the violent struggles of the resident noble families as they vie for, or to get free from, the Iron Throne. There are armies, warlords, executions, conspiracies, destruction, dragons and yes, oh yes, our favorite sub-theme of the series—the drinking of wine!
“There's no story so good a drink won't make it better”
Thoros of Myr
In keeping with the sub-theme of the series, Game of Thrones-inspired wine came into fruition in 2017. Vintage Wine Estates and Bob Cabral, a fourth-generation farmer and grape grower based near Escalon California, and former winemaker of Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard, was tasked by HBO with creating wines that embodied the spirit and strength of the “GOT” story and its characters.
The “Game of Thrones” Chardonnay is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Riesling, sourced from the Central Coast Appellation in California. The wine went through partial malolactic fermentation in addition to being barrel-fermented, which gives the wine weight along with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. The wine has aromas of stone fruit and white flowers, accompanied by flavors of peaches, apricots, tangerine, and Meyer lemon with a hint of baking spices and honey.
If you prefer red wine, the “Game of Thrones” Red Wine Blend is made from a blend of six red grape varieties, but is predominantly made from Petit Sirah and Zinfandel, sourced from the Paso Robles Appellation. The wine has rich and juicy flavors of black cherries, blackberries, and vanilla with a long finish.
Whether you are binge-watching the first seven seasons in preparation for this final “Game of Thrones” season, or you are a devoted watcher, or you fall somewhere in the middle, City Vino has the wine to cheer on your favorite “GoT” house. We will be featuring the wines at our Saturday tasting on March 30, 2019. Come, taste, and stock up, “Winter is Coming.”
“Everything’s better with some wine in the belly.”