Here at POPSUGAR, we do the really tough work so that you don't have to, like taste test wine. (Yep, it's really difficult, and you should definitely feel bad for us.) Naturally, we're big fans of fandom-inspired booze, so when the long-anticipated Game of Thrones wine collection landed on our desks, we were quick to make like the Lannisters and pour ourselves a goblet or three. You know, for the sake of the job.
So read on to hear what POPSUGAR staffers had to say about the two varietals and one blend from the Westeros-approved line. Then saddle up your dragon — or just visit the winery's website — and grab a bottle in time for the next season premiere of the fan-favorite show.
With notes of blackcurrant, Tahitian vanilla, and cocoa, this smooth red ($50) was a favorite among POPSUGAR editors. In reviews, one called it "smooth, not sweet," and another proclaimed: "Dry — I love it!"
Featuring stone fruit, white blossom, citrus, spice, and honey notes, this acidic Central Coast white ($20) pleased several POPSUGAR staffers. The general consensus, as one reviewer put it, is that the white is "pretty damn good."
The last wine of the bunch, a red blend ($20) of Syrah, Tempranillo, and Petite Sirah, features notes of black fruit, vanilla, and spice. Our reviewers described it as "rather perfumey" and "very sweet for a red," but that certainly didn't stop them from giving a solid rating.