Ok, I know what you’re thinking: Big move to pair just ONE wine with Game of Thrones! But don’t think of it that way. With every pairing, the wine I choose is emblematic of the book but not the definitive wine; there are many wines I can think of that would work for GoT. This one, though, is more spot-on than any I’ve ever tasted.
This medium-bodied dark red wine is from Sardinia, a grape is called Monica, like Friends. It was brought there in the 13th century by the Spanish and now only grows on the Italian island, which is known for aking terrific wines with lesser-known native grapes. When I first tried it, I immediately thought of a desert. It’s super dry and decently tannic with no acid, earthy and full in the mouth like a mouthful of tart plum; kind of sexy, too, in a sultry/hot way. Khaleesi, I thought. This is the kind of wine a queen would have by herself, just hanging out. Not a fancy court dinner wine, but a chillin’, ruling the kingdom, sip-after-sex-with-your-lover wine. I saw Dany having this in Meeren or when camping with her Khalasar. Plus, that retro ‘70s label reminded me of some of her earlier, flowy outfits.
It also really reminded me of what Dornish wine might be: Made in a southern, Mediterranean-like climate, ripened by the hot sun, not too heavy & easy to have a large carafe of. Sardinia has been kinda fought over for centuries, first a Spanish territory and then Italian, but mostly it’s own place. That reminded me of Dorne, too, the way it was it’s own kingdom, and kind of still kind of is, ignoring what happens in the other 6 kingdoms for a lot of the books/show. This producer, Cardedu, is in Ogliastra “a land of turquoise shimmer and ragged-dry cliffs” (Dorne again!) & makes natural, native Sardinian wines.
Of course, this wine wouldn’t be right for Winterfell; you’d need something dark & rich for that. But I could see Cersei sippin’ it, too—it’s a queenly wine, after all.