Need a claret for your Downton Abbey-themed watching party?

While we are still in the dog days of Summer and the endless string of 100+ degree weather, it’s never too early to begin planning your Downton Abbey-themed event for this Autumn in the UK or for January 2014 in the States….

Wines That Rock, the company responsible for Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot and Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet, have announced that it will release Downton Abbey-branded wines in partnership with Dulong Grand Vins de Bordeaux.

Dulong Grand Vins de Bordeaux makes red, white and rosé Bordeaux blends on a grand scale, with a production capacity of 25,000 hectolitres. “Dulong has been in the same family for five generations and has over 130 years of experience, so these are wines the Crawley family would have been proud to serve at Downton,” said Bill Zysblat, co-owner of Wines That Rock.

Coincidentally, Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, has just announced that Paul Giamatti, who played the Pinot Noir-loving, Merlot-disparaging character of Miles from Sideways, will be joining the cast for the upcoming 4th series.

The Downton-themed wine selection is nothing new to Wines That Rock, who have produced a number of branded wines aimed at fans, including a Grateful Dead Syrah/Petite Sirah/Zinfandel/Grenache blend, Rolling Stones’ 40 Licks Merlot and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet.
Basil Fawlty pours a Claret

Thankfully, Basil Fawlty won’t be serving at your soiree as it’s quite clear from the ‘Hotel Inspectors’ episode of Fawlty Towers that he doesn’t know a Bordeaux is a Claret.

In: Odds & Sods