Wine

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Cersei Lannister drinking a cup of wine - by Matt Olson ©

Wine is comparable to real life wine. It is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented fruit juice, mainly from grapes. Wine is a very popular beverage. There are many vintages of wine in Westeros and beyond. Some vintages are vastly superior to others.

Vintages of wine

Westeros:

  • Arbor gold
  • Strongwine
  • sweet reds from the Reach
  • sour reds from Dorne
  • strongwine from Dorne: as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance

Essos and beyond:

References in the books

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • It is said that across the Jade Sea they make a golden vintage so fine that one sip makes all other wines taste like vinegar. [3]
  • Claw Isle’s castle is reputedly stocked with more wines that a man could drink in a 100 years.[4]
  • Prince Aegon Targaryen tells Tyrion that child he was swapped with was some tanner's son sold to Lord Varys for a jug of Arbor gold. The babe’s father had other sons but had never tasted Arbor gold.[5]
  • Wine is often stored in skins and casks.
  • It is sometimes watered down, for children or at certain times of day.
  • Boiling wine is sometimes poured into wounds to disinfect them.
  • During her wedding ceremony to Khal Drogo Daenerys Targaryen sits in her wedding silks with no one to talk to, nursing a cup of honeyed wine, talking silently to herself.
  • As they are breaking their fast in the Queen's Ballroom, the morning of King Joffrey Baratheon’s wedding, Sansa notices that Tyrion scarce touches his food, though he drinks several cups of wine.
  • Xaro Xhoan Daxos tries to entreat Daenerys to journey around Yi Ti to search for the dreaming city of poets, to sip the wine of wisdom from a dead man’s skull.
  • During his brief stay at Illyrio Mopatis’s mance in Pentos Tyrion notes that there is enough wine in the mance cellar to keep him drunk for a hundred years. The cellar includes a cask of strongwine marked as the private stock of Lord Runceford Redwyne, the grandfather of the present Lord of the Arbor - the taste of it is languorous and heady on the tongue, the colour purple so dark it looks almost black in the dim-lit cellar.
  • Illyrio tells Tyrion that when he and Varys were young men in Pentos the older thieves were fools who thought no further than turning a night’s plunder into wine. [6]
  • While journeying in Illyrio’s litter Tyrion drinks blackberry wine so sweet that it draws more flies then honey.
  • Daenerys nibbles on flatbread, olives, figs and cheese and sips from a cup of watered wine during her audience in the hall of the Great Pyramid. The wine leaves a tart metallic aftertaste in her mouth. [8]
  • The Pureborn are notorious for offering poisoned wine to those they consider dangerous[3]
  • In the brothel in Selhorys Tyrion opts for the slave-whore with tight red curls upon her head. He says to the proprietor “I’ll have a flagon too. Red wine with red flesh.” [5]
  • Seamen are the worst gossips in the world when the wine is flowing.

Quotes

The world is full of wine.[11]

Tyrion Lannister


I mean to sail to Westeros and drink the wine of vengeance from the skull of the Usurper.[3]

- Daenerys Targaryen


You see the wonders than can be worked with lies and Arbor gold? [12]

- Lord Petyr Baelish, to Sansa Stark

External Links

The Wine Grapes of Westeros

References and Notes