By the time Series 4 of Downton Abbey premieres in America next January, you may be able to sit down and watch the adventures of the Crawley clan with a glass of wine inspired by the show itself. Yes, really.
According to Licensing.biz, Knockout Licensing has teamed with Wines that Rock to create a range of wines inspired by the megahit costume drama. The firm – which already makes Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones wines (apparently that is also a thing?) – will recreate a collection of “vintage” wines meant to emulate the French blends which would have been served by the British aristocracy in the early 1900s.
"We are working with The Dulong Grands Vins De Bordeaux vineyards, which have been in the same family for five generations," Bill Zysblat, co-owner of Wines That Rock, said in a statement. "They have over 130 years of experience in creating the world's best wines so these are wines the Crawley family would have been proud to serve at Downton."
The wine will even be created from grapes in same area that the Crawleys might have imported their own stock from. “Bordeaux Clarets and Bordeaux Blancs bearing the Downton Abbey name will come from grapes grown on the same vines and from the same soil as those from wines in the era depicted in Downton Abbey,” says the press release.
The wine does not have an official release date and will be sold in individual bottles as well as packaged gift sets. While there is no sign that we’ll get what we all really secretly want – which obviously is a bottle with Dame Maggie Smith’s face judging us from the label and pithy quotes from the Dowager Countess emblazoned on the cork – Downton wine should certainly perk up everyone’s viewing parties this January.
Would you drink Downton-branded wine? Or is there something else you’d rather see with the Downton Abbey name on it?