Jamie and Claire Fraser have been known to imbibe wine and other spirits during their epic romance on Starz’s Outlander.
Fans ofÂ the show have been known to drink a dram or two while watching the husband and wife deal with drama that begins and ends with Black Jack Randall.
So it’s only natural the series would spawnÂ a new wine collection. Just in time for the holidays, this limited edition from Lot18 in partnership with Sony Pictures Television, features an assortment of red and white wines (three red and one white, to be exact).
According to a press release, the Outlander Wine Collection consists of “four hand-crafted blends and uniquely designed labels to honor the essence of characters from the bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon, adapted for the screen into the EmmyÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ® nominated series by showrunner Ronald D. Moore.”
Two of the four bottles are Blends. There’s a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon as well. We’re sure eachÂ Claire selectionÂ complements her respective husband’s, right?
Here’s more info on each selection:
Claire Fraser- 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Persistent, adaptable, beguiling. These are the traits that have served Claire Fraser well as the Sassenach marooned in an era long past. She’s learned to survive â€“ and thrive â€“ based on her resources, and drawing upon the same qualities are the grapes for this elegant Pinot Noir, a variety that wine lovers around the world obsess over. At times feminine and delicate, yet in other instances earthy and robust, Pinot Noir can be an elusive seductress with undeniable class and versatility. In any case, itâ€™s a variety that demands to be noticed and taken seriously. Indulge in the ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavors, with hints of cola and underbrush. Savor the silky texture as it unfurls on your palate. Enjoy with flavorful duck, quail or pork dishes for a transcendent pairing. This is a wine that will transport you to another time and place â€“ and leave you longing for more.
Jamie Fraser- 2014 Paso Robles Red Blend
Raise a glass of this crowd-pleasing Paso Robles red blend to Jamie Fraser, a natural leader whose strength and charm know no bounds. Fearless, yet compassionate, and perpetually bound by honor and duty, he is a worthy match for the bewitching outlander who suddenly appears in his life, changing it forever. Grenache, the unsung hero of many famous Southern RhÃ´ne red blends, is the main grape found in this RhÃ´ne-inspired wine, and like Jamie, the varietal speaks many languages, flourishing in warm regions around the world, from France to California. Itâ€™s often meant to serve as a humble backbone, yet always manages to stand out as being genuinely special. Ripe and juicy, with excellent natural acidity and clean, red-fruit flavors, this wine is worthy of toasting a true Scottish warrior and scholar, and will be a delight with grilled or roasted lamb. SlÃ¡inte, Jamie Fraser!
Claire Randall- NV Vin Blanc French White Wine Blend
Even before she was transported to another era, Claire Randall was a woman ahead of her time. Demonstrating independence and resourcefulness as a wartime nurse, she has always spoken her mind and defied the status quo. Similarly unique is this incredibly balanced French white blend of Viognier and Pinot Gris thatâ€™s feminine and elegant, yet shows plenty of substance and power. This unusual wine is something thatâ€™s greater than the sum of its parts: The Viognier brings a vibrant dash of floral and spice, while the Pinot Gris, a varietal not typically found in this region, lends it richness and intrigue â€“ qualities also found in Claire, who traveled to exotic locales during her nomadic upbringing and developed a strong sense of curiosity and adventure as a result. While delicious on its own, this white would also be a wonderful foil for scallops and other fresh seafood. Itâ€™s a transcendent creation that can’t help but stand out from the rest.
Frank Randall- 2015 Vin de Pays dâ€™Oc Cabernet Sauvignon
As an academic and historian, Frank Randall studied the past â€“ but even he could not have foreseen the impact history would have on his life. A devoted husband who bears tragic and perplexing loss with dignity, Frankâ€™s fortitude is celebrated with this dense and brooding blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon was developed by French wine growers in the 17th century, when they crossed Cabernet Franc with Sauvignon Blanc, and the resulting grape is thick-skinned and dependable â€“ characteristics that Frank bears as well. This particular wine features black currant, plum and dark cherry flavors along with violet and dried herb notes, all balanced by a streak of acidity and a firm structure. Filet mignon would make a delicious partner for the powerful tannins of this wine. Much like Frank himself, this red is refined yet reliable â€“ and it will go the distance, no matter the circumstance.
Only 2500 of each bottle exists. The Outlander Wine Collection is available for pre-order now and starts shipping out the week of Nov. 7. Heads up:
The first 100 orders of any Outlander wine at Lot18.com will receive a free set of Outlander wine charms with purchase. Fear not for customers arriving a little later to the site, theyâ€™ll receive a special OutlanderStore.com code to receive a discount on all merchandise. The wine charms, created by Toy Vault, come in two different sets of six, â€œCharactersâ€ and â€œLoveâ€ themed, retailing for $19.95 each.
Who knows, the wine could possibly help you get through the interminable hiatus between the second and third seasons. Something else that should help: details on what to expect in the third season…
Currently in production in Scotland, the third season of Outlander is based on the third of eight books in the Outlander series, entitled Voyager. The storyline picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claireâ€™s heartâ€¦ as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
Outlander returns with the third season in 2017.
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