SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Emmy® Award-winning HBO® drama Game of Thrones has long given wine a prominent role in its scenes from the Seven Kingdoms. Now fans and fine wine drinkers can uncork a bottle of Game of Thrones wine on their own, as HBO Global Licensing and Vintage Wine Estates have just released a Chardonnay, a proprietary red blend and a reserve-style Cabernet Sauvignon that would bring a smile to the lips of any Lannister.
Made by Vintage Wine Estates and acclaimed winemaker Bob Cabral, a fan of the show, the Game of Thrones Chardonnay, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon come from specially selected vineyard lots and are aged in the finest oak barrels. With the Game of Thrones wines, Cabral, who was named Winemaker of the Year in 2011 by Wine Enthusiast and has crafted more than 100 wines scoring 95 points or higher on the 100-point scale, was aiming for wines with layers of complexity and flavor.
“I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and these wines capture the complexity of the drama,” said Cabral. “But the wines also have great pedigree. We source grapes from premier vineyard sites and use the finest winemaking techniques to create wines of incredible richness and texture.”
In battle and to signify status, the noble houses of the Seven Kingdoms carry colorful banners displaying distinctive symbols. A sigil—an animal or object identified with the various houses—provided Cabral inspiration for the wines. House Lannister is represented by a Golden Lion—an accurate symbol for the regal, golden Game of Thrones 2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast ($19.99).
House Targaryen’s sigil is a Three-Headed Dragon, expressed in the multiple varietals which come together in the 2014 Red Blend, Paso Robles ($19.99). This wine is a blend of Syrah, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah, which lend fragrant aromas of black cherry, vanilla and cocoa and give the wine a lush, rich palate.
The sigil for House Stark is the Direwolf. This powerful alpha canine finds expression in the most prized wine of all, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($49.99). The wine captures the essence of the archetype in a complex, balanced wine with classic structure and multiple layers of flavor.
The Chardonnay and Red Blend will be available March 13, and the Cabernet Sauvignon will be available March 20 through the website www.gameofthroneswines.com. The wines will also be available in stores around the country in April.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning series has captured the imagination of fans globally, making it one of the most popular shows on television. Season 7 of the series will debut on HBO this summer.
About Vintage Wine Estates
Vintage Wine Estates is a privately held wine company owned by a group of vintner families with deep roots in the wine business. The families own a collection of winery estates and brands including Clos Pegase Winery, Cosentino Winery, Cameron Hughes, Girard Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Swanson Vineyards, Viansa Sonoma, Windsor Vineyards, Cartlidge & Browne, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Middle Sister, Tall Dark Stranger, Pro-mis-Q-ous, Monogamy, Girl & Dragon, Purple Cowboy, many exclusive wine brands and Splinter Group Spirits. An industry leader across all sales channels and dedicated to providing wine consumers with a range of wines from $10 to $100 dollars and at many price points in between, Vintage Wine Estates produces outstanding wines from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other premium California winegrowing regions. Vintage Wine Estates is a company that respects all the ways wine is purchased: at wineries, retail, by telephone, on television, via the Internet and by mail. www.vintagewineestates.com
About HBO Global Licensing
HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network's award-winning programming. With products created around hit series like Game of Thrones® and True Blood® as well as classic series like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, and Entourage, items include fashion apparel, figures, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, prop and costume replicas, games, books, and beverages, as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at http://store.hbo.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Global Licensing products are also sold internationally across Europe (www.hboshopeu.com), Asia and Australia.