WHAT TO DRINK WITH THE GAME OF THRONES SEASON FINALE
There’s a lot we don’t yet know about Game of Thrones - like will Jon finally ride a dragon, will Cersei ever actually die, and is Bran possibly the Knight King? All things we’re yearning to know but will only find out in due time. What we do know for certain, is that the good (and bad) people of Westeros sure do love a drink. They love to drink ale and beer, they love to drink wine and ‘shade of the evening’, they even love to drink the blood of their own enemies. So, it would only be right that we match our finale enthusiasm with some top drops fit for an Iron Throne King or Queen. Minus the blood punch, here’s some sips to tip back while watching the Game of Thrones season 7 finale this coming Monday.
Wine is coming
One would imagine with all the doom and gloom around the kingdoms, our favourite wine loving characters (insert Tyrion here) would pick up where they left off - with more wine. Arbor Gold and Dornish Sour Red isn’t so readily available to us, but we’ve found a few that are.
Marsanne Viognier fit for a king: Arbor Gold, said to be the finest wine in all the Seven Kingdoms - only drunk by the ruling class and the rich. So, what could replace this other worldly wine? Enter the Marsanne Viognier from the Gimblett Gravels - even it’s name sounds like it should come in a flagon or goblet made of gold. Unique, exotic, grapes from France - can you get more Cersei than this wine? Be sure to toast to the opening credits with this.
Chardonnay or Pinot Gris at the Local Inn: If you’re not in the market to mortgage your house for an ‘Arbor Gold’ style white, and feel you’re more of a ‘local inn’ ‘drink with the people’ style of GOT character - a Chardonnay or Pinot Gris will also do the trick. Sip on this whenever Daenerys rolls out her full title or Little Finger’s found scheming in a corner.
A Maester’s Merlot: Merlot, it’s our modern day medicine, good to heal what ails you and even better to replace the popular Dornish Sour Red, said to be a moorish, delicious and well loved by the Tyrells (if there’s anything left of them). There’s nothing like the rich mouthfeel of a Merlot aged for 9 months in French Oak barrels to get you feeling like a ruler of Seven Kingdoms.
Into Battle with Pinot Noir
Merchants, middle class and particularly soldiers like Bronn also need to whet their whistle after a few beheadings, so they lean for the Sweet reds from the reach or in this case we go with Pinot Noir. Goes great with a chump of meat or after a swill of ale.
A Long Night with Ales & Beers
From the Wildings, to the Red Keep, to the Nights Watch and every other Inn in between, here’s what beer to drink in relation to where you might be based in the whole of Westeros.
Porters & Stouts for The North: The icy weather of The North beckons winter inspired beers and dark ales. We’re backing the London Porter and Old Stout for their ability to pair with smoked meats. We think Jon Snow would happily knock back a few of these in between battering those big brown eyes.
Amber & Golden Ales for Kings Landing: We imagine there to be ample amounts of breweries in Kings Landing, if not only by the request of newcomer Euron Greyjoy - we imagine that guy loves a beer. We’re picking Amber & Golden ales as well as Saisons to knock back at the Red Keep.
Pale Ales for The Stormlands: Home of the hops and where the Baratheons were from, the Stormlands would no doubt be fans of Pale ales or red ales - shoot for the Daredevil Red IPA with it’s subtle hoppiness or the Vandal Pale Ale.
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." – Cersei Lannister
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