Gearing up for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones”? Fans of the hit HBO series will want to fill their flagons with the show’s official wine, which has a Central Coast connection.
Game of Thrones Wines were crafted by Healdsburg winemaker Bob Cabral in cooperation with HBO and Vintage Wine Estates in Santa Rosa. The Sonoma County company’s brands include Clayhouse Wines in Paso Robles; its affiliates also produce wines from locally grown grapes.
Cabral, a Fresno State University graduate, is director of winemaking at Three Sticks Winery in Sonoma.
Three Game of Thrones wines are available via GameofThronesWines.com and select retailers:
The 2015 red blend, made in part with grapes from Clayhouse’s Red Cedar Vineyard, combines eight varietals, including syrah, tempranillo and petite sirah. According to the website, it has “dark black cherry, brambly blackberry, vanilla and cocoa aromas,” plus “soft, juicy black fruit flavors.”
A Central Coast chardonnay from 2016 boasts “a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey,” and a 2014 cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley features “smooth tannins with a touch of cocoa,” the site said.
The chardonnay and red blend cost $19.99 a bottle, while the cabernet sauvignon retails for $49.99.
“Game of Thrones,” which boasts several official beers, isn’t the first TV show to have its own wine line. Last year, “Outlander” fans went wild for a Paso Robles grenache-based blend inspired by the Starz period drama.
Season 7 of “Game of Thrones,” based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling books, premieres July 16.
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