Oh, they’re everywhere these days: Sting, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Nascar guys, golfers, you name it.
And TV shows are getting in on the action, too. Downton Abbey — the hit British TV drama set in post-Edwardian England — now has an official wine. Well, two. (The show just wrapped up its fourth season; a fifth is in the works.)
The Downton Abbey wine collection is made by fifth-generation winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong, of Dulong Grand Vins, a family-owned winery in Bordeaux, France.
The 2012 claret (Of course it’s called a claret! It’s an English TV show!) is from Entre-Deux-Mers, and is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Pair with hard cheese, stews or red meats. I haven’t tried it but it’s so young — 2012 vintage, according to the site. I’d definitely decant it for a while. Or stick it in the cellar if you prefer.
And the white — a 2012 Bordeaux Blanc — is a blend of Muscadelle and Semillon grapes. If you get a chance to try it, expect notes of tangerine and apricots; it’ll pair with goat cheese dishes, shellfish or fish dishes, or simply enjoy chilled by itself as an aperitif.
The wines were announced a couple of months ago, but I only heard about them recently. Alas, as far as I know, neither wine is widely available. Nor do they come with a butler to serve them for you…although that would be a rather novel addition to the otherwise saturated celeb wine market. Track them down in your travels, and let me know what you think, or contact the creators by clicking here.