It’s not that I needed more of an excuse to spend money on alcohol, but my devotion for fandoms has given me one. I buy my Fifty Shades wine, but that’s going to have to go on the back burner for a bit because The Outlander Wine Collection from Lot18 in partnership with Sony Pictures Television, is available for pre-order.
And I need a lot of it.
There are only 2500 of each specially created bottle and we’re going to need one of each one. The inspiration behind the wines and Lot18’s recommended wine pairings are below.
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 – and thrive – 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, it’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 – and leave you longing for more.
Our guess on when to drink it: When you’ve run into that jackass member of your husband in a different century. You drink it when you
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 Rhône red blends, is the main grape found in this Rhône-inspired wine, and like Jamie, the varietal speaks many languages, flourishing in warm regions around the world, from France to California. It’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. Sláinte, Jamie Fraser!
Our guess on when you need to drink it: When you are stuck in a boring dead end relationship and need to fantasize about a hot man in a kilt. Or fake your way through sex with the one you settled on.
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 that’s feminine and elegant, yet shows plenty of substance and power. This unusual wine is something that’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 – 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. It’s a transcendent creation that can’t help but stand out from the rest.
Our guess on when you need to drink it: When you are getting through living on the side of history that you don’t want to be on.
Frank Randall- 2015 Vin de Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon
As an academic and historian, Frank Randall studied the past – 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, Frank’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 – 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 – and it will go the distance, no matter the circumstance.
Our guess on when you need to drink it: When your significant other would rather jump through some magical stones than be on your stones.
And if you are one of the lucky ones – “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, they’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, “Characters” and “Love” themed.”