Dragon Housethe highly publicized prequel to game of thronesarrives on HBO and HBO Max on August 21. The series is based on author George RR Martin’s book, Fire & Blood. It takes place 200 years before the events of game of thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen.
That’s good news for GOT fans, but even those who don’t watch the show can enjoy House of the Dragon wines, a new line vinified and bottled by Seven Kingdoms Cellars, a division of Vintage Wine Estates based in California.
The wines on offer include a pinot noir from Oregon, a cabernet sauvignon from California and a red blend from the Lodi appellation in California. The brand uses a different winemaker for each grape variety and growing region to create wines that represent each appellation.
This partnership is another collaboration between Vintage Wine Estates and Warner Bros., who have also partnered on a range of game of thrones wines that were launched in the spring of 2019 before the start of the last season. Here’s what you’ll drink if you choose to pair the new House of the Dragon series with a bottle of red.
House of the Dragon 2021 Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir is a good example of Oregon’s signature grape, and under the direction of winemaker David O’Reilly, it comes equally from four different wine regions – Applegate Valley, Illinois Valley, Rogue Valley and Willamette Valley – and crafted in a fruit-driven style.
The grapes were fermented in a combination of small open-air fermenters and stainless steel fermentation tanks, with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy. It was pressed during the final days of fermentation and aged in a combination of small French oak barrels and larger stainless steel tanks for eight months.
The garnet-colored wine has aromas of tart red cherry and cranberry, followed by subtle earthy and savory notes. The palate is medium-bodied, with silky textures and bright red fruit that shows a slightly darker profile than the nose. It’s 13.5% ABV.
House of the Dragon 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Nancy Walker tapped into several California wine regions to source the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a rich and complex final blend. The wine is aged for nine to 12 months in French oak barrels and is refined for an additional three months in bourbon barrels. This last step gives a bolder and more intense character.
The 14.4% ABV wine is dense and jammy, with notes of cherry tobacco and creamy vanilla leading to a long, enveloping finish.
House of the Dragon 2020 Red Wine
Located directly east of San Francisco on the edge of the Sacramento River Delta, the Lodi appellation is known for its Mediterranean climate, distinctive sandy soils and old heritage vines.
To make this red blend, winemaker Tami McKay relied on the classics: it’s a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Verdot and 8% Malbec. It is aged in medium-toast French oak barrels for nine months to smooth out any rough edges and bottled at 13.9% ABV.
The wine is velvety and dark in color, with aromas of cocoa, cranberry and cassis. Rich maple, dark red fruits, toffee and creamy toffee follow, coating the palate, before finishing with layers of dark berries and coffee.
Wines of the House of the Dragon are available online and at select outlets across the country. Pinot Noir, Red Blend, and Cabernet Sauvignon are priced reasonably at $20, so you can try one or choose the whole range.