My wife is a huge fan of the PBS series, Downton Abbey. While I’ve been in the room with her while she watched it, I’ve never really paid attention to it. Since I am usually on my laptop tweeting, or setting my fantasy football lineup, I would be hard pressed to name a single character in the show, much less expound on the plot.
I never thought of pairing a particular wine with a television show, but after sampling a couple of bottles of Downton Abbey wines, I can see myself one day binge watching the series while sipping on these Bordeaux blends.
The Downton Abbey Wine Collection features two blends: a “Blanc” white wine and a “Claret” red wine. Both retail for about $15 per bottle.
The Blanc is a blend of Muscadelle and Semillion from the northern Bordeaux region. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks and has a crisp, citrusy taste with hints of apricots and peaches. I enjoyed this bottle of Blanc with goat cheese and crackers but next time I’m pairing it with some crab legs or grilled seafood.
The Claret is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec from the eastern part of the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France. The blend produces a medium-bodied wine with a flavor of blackberries, raspberries, and spice, with some faint floral tones. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the Claret with lamb chops, I think it would pair well with just about any critter you care to throw on the grill. Visit www.DowntonAbbeyWine.com for more information.
Which television shows would you pair with wine?
Disclosure: I’m not a sommelier or even a wine snob. I’m just a regular guy who loves wine. I frequently participate in food and wine chats on Twitter where I share what I like and I learn from others what they like. From time to time winemakers and marketers will send me wine to review. If I like it, I’ll tweet about it and possibly even write a blog post about it. If I don’t, you’ll never see it mentioned. I am not paid to review wines. Wine is my only compensation.