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game of rhones

Game of Thrones is back, and I think it may be giving Scandal a run for its money in the grape department. And although we never really know what Olivia Pope is drinking, I’m not even going to try to figure out what’s in Game‘s medieval goblets.

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So let’s just pretend it’s all Rhone varietals, based on this awesome event I heard about!

GORGame of Rhones is a wine showdown that takes place in Australia. They describe it as “a combative celebration of the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley in France. Think Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne to name a mere few.” Oh I will think about those grapes, and I will be happy because I love them all.

The Rhone Valley is split into two parts: the north, which is all Syrah (called Shiraz in Australia) for red wine and Viognier for the white which is often added to the Syrah to give some delicateness; and the south which is blend land: my favorite is Chateauneuf du Pape which allows 13 grapes to be in the blend but is usually mostly Greneache, Syrah and Mourvedre (lovingly referred to as “GSM”). But on their own, the white varietals like Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier are refreshingly light and incredible for spring.

This is the second year they’re doing Game of Rhones. They have a huge tasting with over 40 producers and 100 wines, mostly from Australia but also New Zealand, France’s Rhone Valley (the original), the US, and others. Everyone goes around tasting all the wines amid people dressed in suits of armor, suckling pig, and a Torture Room for blind tasting (HA – blinding is torture because you think you’re going to do ok but inevitably you suck at it).

“Is there one wine to rule them all? What grape variety will it be?” After a ton of tasting, everyone then votes for their favorite via iPad (which feels about as un-medieval as you can get). I’m all for anything that gets people drinking more Rhone varietals which are awesome. Plus, it gives a whole new meaning to Red Wedding. 



One thought on “game of rhones

  1. Reblogged this on The Glass & Standard and commented:
    I’m like genuinely amazed that this is a thing. But thinking about all the weird/amazing shit fantasy and wine freaks can do on their own- I’m not so surprised that this is what can happen together.

    And on another note- I totally agree with the Rhone varieties being the wine du jour on the show du jour. Big, brash, meaty and and spicy- what better wine would suit the never ending super sexy blood bath than a big bold red?

    And on that note- I’ll hunker down with my Geoff Merrill Jacko’s Shiraz whilst I get ready for the red wedding of the year.

    xx G&S

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