Celebrate the 7th Season with Game of Thrones Wine

Celebrate the 7th Season with Game of Thrones Wine

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A custom wine cellar worthy of the finest collections and specialty labels.

If you are among the hordes of television-watchers who have discovered the binge-worthy Game of Thrones series, good news! You can toast the upcoming 7th season with Game of Thrones wines. There are three bottles to choose from. This makes so much sense, considering that characters on the HBO series are frequently guzzling large goblets of wine. HBO partnered with Vintage Wine Estates of California to bring about this exciting opportunity. After all, how often does pop culture step into the real world to create an all new vintage? This is the type of occasion custom wine cellars are built for. No matter what wines you collect, they need to be stored in the right environment with a proper wine cooling unit such as WhisperKOOL.

Game of Thrones Wine

Three premium wines are being sold under the official Game of Thrones label. You can chose from a Central Coast chardonnay, a Paso Robles red blend, and a cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley. The price tags are $29.95, $29.95, and $74.95 respectively. These specialty wines will be on sale online and at LCBO stores.

It’s not just the link to the show that makes these wines appealing. The winemaker who produced them is none other than Bob Cabral. He concocted the first 100-point pinot noir out of California. In addition, Cabral has more than a hundred 95-point to 100-point wines under his belt. For added intrigue, Cabral is himself a diehard Games of Thrones fan.

2016 Game of Thrones Chardonnay Tasting Notes

This new wine has been given a score of 89. It is a barrel-fermented chardonnay with a rich core of baked apple in butter and bracing lime acidity and subtle notes of smooth vanilla, smoke, and warm oak. It doesn’t take much imagination to think that the nobles of Westeros would choose this wine to go with a brazen feast.

2015 Game of Thrones Red Wine Tasting Notes

The signature wit of Tyrion is captured perfectly in his statement that he drinks and knows things. This red wine would be ideal with a buffet featuring mutton or beef. In this bold blend of tempranillo, zinfandel, malbec, syrah, and petite sirah, aromas and flavors include black cherry, flint, burning embers, red meat, and poached plum.

Even the Labels are Impressive

If you’re a fan of the popular HBO series and a wine connoisseur, these are wines you will want for your custom wine cellar or custom wine cabinet. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we use the top brands of wine cooling units, including WhisperKOOL. Since they control humidity, even the beautiful Game of Thrones wine labels will be nicely preserved in storage.

What’s in a Wine Label? Part 3

Several different wine bottles with different labels.

Unless the wine is identified by brand, there are 5 basic parts to a wine label.

When you go to choose a bottle of wine, in most cases you will have a huge selection. You may even have many hundreds of bottles of wine to choose from. It’s extremely helpful to know about appellation credentials, if you are trying to choose an outstanding wine for your custom wine cellar or wine cabinet. The information on a wine label can tell you everything you need to know about what’s in the bottle, if you are familiar with the information printed there.

5 Parts of a Wine Label

As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, one of two main types of wine labels in stores is labeled by brand name. Wine of a higher quality is designated by appellation credentials. There are details about appellation credentials for the U.S., Spain, Italy, and France between Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part series. And now, finally, below are the five common parts of a wine label designated by appellation credentials:

  1. The producer name is included somewhere on the label, such as at the top or bottom. This is an indication of who made the wine. On some American wine labels, there is an exception. Some have only the name of the wine without specifying the producer. Apothic Red, for example is produced by E&J Gallo.
  2. The region lets you know where the grapes are from that are used to produce the wine. The more specific the region, there is a better chance the wine is of a higher quality. Narrowing the source all the way to a particular site means wine is more refined, in most cases, and the cost is higher.
  3. Appellation or variety of wine used to make the wine is listed. Sometimes no varietal is given. In such cases, you may be able to figure out the wine grape by the appellation listed. A total of 15 nations have appellations that are officially regulated, though the rules vary enormously, as well as what is considered of chief importance when indicating quality.
  4. Vintage is the year the grapes were harvested. Serious wine connoisseurs become acquainted with vintage variations, so that they know which vintages to look for, to stock their custom wine cellar or wine cabinet. Wines that show “NV” for non-vintage or multi-vintage are wines of lower value, since they have the convenience of accessing wine from various vintages to formulate flavor.
  5. Alcohol content or alcohol by volume (ABV) lets you know the alcohol level of wine. High quality wines in some European wine regions are the only ones allowed to have an ABV of 13.5% or above. It’s different in the US, where alcohol content in wine can be as high as 17%.

What’s on your Wine Label?

The ability to make sense of a wine label is a sure sign that someone is a serious wine connoisseur. Would you happen to be one of those someones, who probably has a custom wine cellar or wine cabinet with a range of fine wines? If not, are you motivated yet to begin learning more about appellations?

3 More Reasons to Lock the Wine Cabinet

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Custom cellars from Rosehill WIne Cellars have secure locks.

There are countless reasons to love wine. There’s nothing else quite like it. The aroma, the terroir, food pairings, and wonderful variety are all part of the wine experience. Some say one of the beauties of wine is that you can travel the world through bottles of wine from vineyards across our planet. If you collect wine, you are among a large population of oenophiles. There’s one thing that might be easy to forget about wine, and it’s the importance of keeping it behind lock and key or perhaps combination lock. See Part 1 of this two-part series for reasons to keep your wine cellar, your wine fridge, and/or your wine cabinet securely locked. Here are three more reasons to lock up the wine:


Many people have discovered that alcohol is a great drug. Alcohol content is higher in wine than in beer, making it more attractive to many who abuse alcohol. Those with an alcohol problem often find their lives in the pits, and many resort to getting alcohol any way they can. It could be, on the other hand, that a thief is aware you have a wine collection that’s worth a lot, and that could be the reason they case your house. Your wine cellar or under-the-fridge wine cabinet could become a target for theft. A good security system could protect your collection.

Drunk uncle

Sometimes it’s not so-called friends you need to worry about. You may have a drunk uncle or someone else in your family that has a problem with alcohol abuse. You’ll do your relative a favor by keeping your stash locked away securely.

Wine is an investment

The number one motivation to lock up your wine may be that you don’t someone to steal what you spent your hard-earned money on. Wine collections usually represent a significant sum of money, even if there are no thousand-dollar bottles of wine or other extremely rare wines from vineyards around the world.

Contact us at Rosehill Wine Cellars for a custom wine cellar and for all of the wine accessories you may need. We will fix you up with locking wine cabinets, a secure wine fridge, and a cellar door that will keep out unwelcome visitors.

2 Reasons to Lock the Wine Cellar

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Lock your wine cabinet or lock by the bottle.

Wine drinking is a pleasure and wine collecting a joy, but the fun and games are over when someone who shouldn’t sneaks into your wine cellar. Yours doesn’t have to be a cache of the world’s most expensive wines to be a collection others covet or find to be an irresistible curiosity. A security system comes standard with custom wine cellars from Rosehill Wine Cellars, and every wine cabinet should be secured under lock and key. The following are two good reasons to keep your wine in a locked wine cabinet or a secured wine cellar.

The kids, of course

Some parents have the opinion that allowing children to sip wine or other forms of alcohol when they’re young will prevent alcohol abuse later on. Unfortunately, studies don’t support this argument. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. A child who is allowed to taste alcohol at age 10 is much more likely than other kids to have a drinking problem by age 14.

All of the health experts agree that alcohol and kids don’t mix. Children can’t handle the short-term effects of drinking, and the long-term health risks are serious.

Children are no dummies. They see how much adults enjoy decanting, swirling, smelling, and drinking wine. Parents do well to have a discussion with children, to help them realize the importance of saying “no” to alcohol until they reach the legal age—and then, it’s important to drink responsibly.

Party folks

When you have friends over, there could be someone in the crowd who gets so tipsy they excuse themselves for nabbing a bottle or more for themselves from your wine cabinet. This is just a bad idea, and it’s a good reason to keep up with the bottles you’re storing. You don’t want to reach for that perfect bottle of Cabernet one day and discover that it has been removed. Besides, real friends don’t steal friends’ wine. Be careful who you invite over for a wine and poker party.

There is so much to enjoy about wine, it’s not hard to forget that there are many serious reasons to keep your collection under lock and key. A secured cellar or wine cabinet is the best way to avoid any of these potential problems. Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for a locked wine fridge, locking wine cabinet, or a custom wine cellar with a locked door and a security system.

Food and Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day

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Pair wine with your St. Patrick’s Day meal for a scrumptious celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day is on the anniversary of the day the “Apostle of Ireland” died, March 17. St. Patrick was a 5th Century missionary who is believed to have introduced Christianity to Ireland. He taught about the Holy Trinity using a common clover, which has three leaves. And, of course, drinking green beer is one of the most prominent of St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Another way to celebrate is to pair wine with popular Irish dishes. The type of wine you pull from your wine cellar or wine fridge can be a perfect match for Irish Stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage. As long as your wine has been properly stored, your taste buds are in for a lucky pairing.

Irish Stew Wine Pairings

Traditional Irish Stew contains a healthy amount of beer, such as Guinness Stout. It also has ingredients such as boneless roast beef and Worcestershire sauce. The rich flavors in Irish Stew are enhanced when paired with certain types of wine. Recommendations of wine pairings with Irish Stew include the following.

Tanis Cabernet Franc is a high priced wine for the region, and it is an ideal pairing with Irish Stew. Tasting notes have mentions of tobacco, dark spice, and herbaceous accents as well as vegetal characteristics.

Cuda Ridge Merlot is an “easy drinking” wine. Merlot grapes are somewhat large in relation to the thickness of skins and their pips, which is where tannins come from.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Wine Pairings

Corned Beef and Cabbage has obvious ingredients and is an absolute Irish classic. Pair an ideal wine with this dish, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. A Pinot Noir or a Chardonnay will do perfectly.

Pinot Noir has medium low tannin and medium high acidity. You can store Pinot Noir in your wine cellar or wine cabinet for 2 to 8 years, depending on which style you have chosen. Tasting notes show that fruits in this wine include cranberry, cherry, and raspberry. Other flavors include vanilla, clove, licorice, mushroom, wet leaves, and caramel. The taste of corned beef and cabbage is even better when enjoyed with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Chardonnay that is very ripe has tropical flavors, with fruits such as pineapple, mango, and guava. The flavors of lemon and green apple can be detected in a barely ripe Chardonnay. Select Chardonnay to go with corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day; of course, serve all to a group of close friends.

On St. Patrick’s Day and year around, the delights of pairing wine with the right foods is something to celebrate. For wine that can age to perfection, storage in your wine cellar or wine cabinet will ultimately make you feel as lucky as if you found an 4-leaf Irish clover.