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Wine-ter is coming!

Are you the kind of person who wears Mother of Dragon t-shirts around the office? Do you like to braid your hair like the Stark daughters? Have you found yourself parading around in leather more than usual? Have a case of the Jon Snows? Stay up at night pondering who will at last be sitting atop the Iron Throne? Yeah, us too.

With “Game of Thrones” episode 4 airing tonight, and only a few episodes left in the entire series, we thought it was time you knew about an amazing wine that you can drink while watching the show. A sort of TV pairing, if you will. Bob Cabral, a top-notch real life California vintner (Winemaker of the Year in 2011 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine) actually created Game of Thrones wines.


Yes, we couldn’t believe it either. But it’s true. As good things in life usually are. As a fan of Game of Thrones, Bob was challenged to craft wines to match the strength the characters and the terrain of their kingdoms. Bob’s meticulousness and patience has yielded wine that embody the spirit of the series.

We give our thanks to the Miami Herald for reviewing the below GOT wines. Pair up a few bottles for the final few shows, especially if you’re having your crew over. You can buy the bottles directly from

2016 Chardonnay ($19.99): There’s a little oak in this blend of Chardonnay (90 percent) and Riesling (10 percent), but not much. It’s refined but not fussy, with distinct peach and honey flavors. It’s the sort of wine you drink when you’re hanging out in Dorne working on your tan and having inordinate amounts of sexual congress or lounging around King’s Landing, hiding out while your various enemies attempt to storm the Red Keep. Keep it far from the wildfire stash.

2015 Red Blend ($19.99): A dry but robust blend of Malbec, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah that you can pair with just about anything (the tasting notes suggest blackbird pie, to which we say a hearty hell naw — try just about anything else instead). You’ll taste dark fruit — berries, cherries — and there’s a finish of vanilla. Tyrion Lannister definitely drinks this wine to excess, and you might, too. Beware. It’s that good. We almost had to resort to trial by combat to decide who got to take home the leftovers.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99): They are not drinking this wine on Pyke, that’s for sure. This wine is for royalty. A deep, rich red, Cabral’s Cabernet is delicious, the tannins as smooth as Littlefinger’s lies. Tasting notes suggest black currant and briar, but we are not sure what “briar” tastes like. Probably better than Walder Frey’s last meal. This, then, is truly the wine one savors when one ascends the Iron Throne. But drink fast. You may not be there long.

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