Downton Abbey: Pairing Wines with Television Shows

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.

Downton Abbey Wines

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 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.

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  1. Loved this! Thought you’d want to know, though, that the yellow text under “Which television shows would you pair with wine?” is completely unreadable, to some of us anyway.

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