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Drink Like A Westerosi With Stark Raving Wine: The Perfect Game of Thrones Wine Pairing – Review

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If you watch even just one episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” you will notice at least one thing. LOTS and lots of wine. A staple among the characters of George R.R. Martin’s world, wine seems to seep through every scene. Now, fans (21 years old or over, of course) can drink like their favorite characters with Stark Raving wines.

I watch “Game of Thrones” pretty religiously every week and was excited to get the chance to try out a new wine that would fit perfectly with my Sunday night tradition. The Stark Raving wine line comes in four different and unique wines. A white, a red, a Cabernet, and a malbec. Superficially, I absolutely LOVE the bottle design for these wines. They each feature a vintage steampunk-eaque design that looks cool and enticing. Seeing this at a wine store, I would immediately be interested.

The White Wine

Like Sansa Stark, the white wine is sweet yet bold. It has a fruity and juicy taste that reminds you of those warm summer nights. The white wine is a blend of chardonnay, muscat, malvasia bianco. Like Sansa, the white may seem like a one dimensionally sweet, however, with each sip, the complexity reveals itself more.

This one was my favorite of the Stark Raving wines. I loved the relaxed mixture and overall fruit-infused taste. It is recommended to this wine chilled which gives it an even sweeter and refreshing taste.

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The Red Wine

Like Arya Stark, the red wine is filled with a big and bold personality. If there is anything we know about Arya, it is that she is both strong and fearless and this wine perfectly encapsulates her never giving up attitude. This dark red wine is rich in flavor being a blend of  jammy fruit like dark bing cherries and ripe plums along with  tannat, zin, merlot, cab sauv, and petit sirah.

I personally really enjoyed this wine as the after taste of each sip of filled with a sweet fruit flavor that made me want to go back for more.

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The Cab

This Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect pairing for the Robb Stark of the family. It is both extremely forward and little spicy. It is a mix of ripe berries balanced by medium tannins giving it one of the boldest tastes of all. Whether he is on his quest to conquer the North or dealing with those who oppose him and his new wife, Robb would find a perfect wine companion in this Cabernet.

I found the Cabernet to be one of the strongest of the four wines. It has a very distinct taste and is great for the seasoned wine drinkers like the Lannisters.

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The Malbec

Similarly to Catelyn Stark, the malbec wine is both dark and spicy. While Catelyn is not afraid to do or say what she thinks is right, even when it lands her in jail at the request of her own son. Her feisty personality and dark character flaws finds a natural partnership with the malbec of Stark Raving wines. The medium bodied wine is a mixture of  Dark cherries and smoky bacon creating a unique taste fit for the Starks of Winterfell. There is not doubt that if Ned was alive, he would be enjoying this wine next to the hearth or at dinner with Catelyn.

The malbec has one of the more interesting tastes of all four wines. It took a few sips before I decided I liked it and from there it grew on me. This wine would be perfect for those relaxing evenings watching “Game of Thrones,” with friends or solo.

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Stark Raving Wines is the perfect pairing for “Game of Thrones.” It can bring you closer to the world of Westeros and Essos as you drink alongside your favorite characters, not to mention would make a great addition to any party with friends and family.

“They generously spill wine throughout the show – so it seems natural to join them in celebration as viewers wind down from their weekends on Sunday nights.”

You can learn about where to buy your own bottle of Stark Raving wine by visiting their official website.

*Note: Items were received in partner with the publication of this review. 

Game of Thrones Refresher Course: The Lannisters and The Starks

 

The politics between the two major families of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” can get a little confusing. You can see a breakdown of the major characters from both families below:

:::Note: There might be spoilers ahead if you haven’t finished season 1, or read the novel series by George R.R. Martin.:::

The Lannisters:

  • Tyrion Lannister: A dwarf nicknamed “The Imp”. He is the younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. He was blamed for the death of his mother during childbirth. He described as being the “cunning” brother and often uses his wits and quick thinking to his advantage when in tight situations.  Unlike the rest of his family, he initially does not hold any ill feelings towards the Stark family. That does change when he is wrongly captures and imprisoned by Lady Catelyn. He is later sent to rule as Hand of the King.
    • He is portrayed by Peter Dinklage.
  • Cercei Lannister: Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the wife of King Robert Baratheon. Despite being married to the king, she has carried on a lengthy incestuous affair with her brother Jaime since childhood. She does claim to have loved King Robert once, but due to his never-ending love of Lyanna, she grew to hate him. Her current three children are actually she and Jaime’s.  She wants nothing but her family to be all-powerful.
    • She is portrayed by Lena Headey.
  • Jaime Lannister: A member of the Kingsguard and the Queen’s twin brother. Spent his life having an incestuous relationship with her and fathered all three of her children. He is nicknamed the “Kingslayer” because he killed the previous king, Aerys II, even though he had sworn to protect him. He truly hates the fact that no one feels he deserves his rank and position. Despite the constant animosity between Ned and Jaime, Jaime does respect him. He considered Ned to be a great warrior and his equal. Unlike his father and his sister, Jaime cares a great deal for Tyrion. Going so far as to attack Ned when Tyrion is imprisoned. Jaime later joins his father’s campaign at the Riverlands but is later made a prisoner of the Starks.
    • He is portrayed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • King Joffrey: Eldest son of Cersei and her brother Jaime. Even as a child he is vicious and cruel and will lie and cheat to get what he wants or get out of trouble.  But when someone actually confronts him he is a coward. He does not know that Jaime is his real father. He is made king, against his father’s will. He is a puppet king, taking orders from his mother. His downfall begins when he refuses to honor the promise of sparing Ned’s life and instead has his executed. His kinghood is threatened when Jaime is captures by the Starks and his uncles Renley and Stannis challenge his claim to the Iron Throne.
    • He is portrayed by Jack Gleeson.

 

The Starks:

  • Catelyn Stark: The Lady of Winterfell and wife of Lord Eddard. She had figured out that the Lannisters were to blame for the attempts on her son, Bran’s life. During a chance encounter with Tyrion, she arrests and imprisons him. After Ned is arrested and her eldest son Robb goes to war, she joins her son’s war council. After learning Ned was executed, she vows that the Lannister family will pay for the act with their lives.
    • She is portrayed by Michelle Fairley.
  • Eddard “Ned” Stark: The Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North. Serves as The Hand of the King after Jon Arryn’s death. His sister Lyanna was kidnapped during Robert’s Rebellion. Ned cares little for politics and prefers to rule with honor and law. While investigating the death of Jon Arryn, he uncovers that all of the Queen’s children were fathered by her brother. When he confronts her about it, he gives her a chance to flee before telling the King. Instead she imprisons him and accuses him of trying to steal the throne from Joffrey. After being promised e would serve on the Night’s Watch, Joffrey has him executed.
    • He was portrayed by Sean Bean.
  • Bran Stark: The second son and fourth child of Ned and Catelyn. He called his direwolf Summer. He accidently catches the Queen and Jaime during a romp, and Jaime then shoves him out the window almost killing him, and ultimately crippling his legs.
    • He is portrayed by Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
  • Robb Stark: The eldest son of Ned and Catelyn and the heir to Winterfell. He named his direwolf Grey Wind. Robb becomes involved in the war against the Lannisters after he father is arrested for treason. He called upon his father’s bannerman and his mother’s allies to lead a war effort against the Lannisters and they successfully capture Jaime. After Ned is executed, the North and the Riverlands declare independence from the Seven Kingdoms and proclaim Robb as their new King.
    • He is portrayed by Richard Madden.
  • Sansa Stark: The first daughter and second child of Ned and Catelyn.  She is set to become the future bride of Joffrey. She named her direwolf Lady. Sansa lives in a world of naiveté and fairytales. She is unwilling to see the harsh realties of the world around her especially in regards to the politics and rivalries forming. Her world first begins to shatter when Lady is killed and her father is arrested. She becomes a hostage to the Lannisters in order for them to have a claim to the North. She finally sees the world and Joffrey for what it is after he executes her father despite promising her he would spare him. Sansa plans to kill Joffrey to avenge her father.
    • She is portrayed by Sophie Turner.
  • Arya Stark: The youngest daughter and third child of Ned and Catelyn. A tomboy through and through. She would rather train with weapons than sew or worry about who she will marry. She named her direwolf Nymeria. She takes sword-fighting lessons from her “dance” teacher Syrio who later manages to help her escape the Lannisters. She disguises herself as an orphan boy by a Night’s Watch recruiter, Yoren, in hopes of getting back to Winterfell.
    • She is portrayed by Maisie Williams.
  • Jon Snow: The bastard son of Ned. He joins the Night’s Watch. Ned claimed that his mother was a wet nurse named Wylla. He named his direwolf Ghost because of its albinism and quite nature. He also has the best hair ever seen.
    • He is portrayed by Kit Harington.