On Jan. 5, millions of people will tune into PBS Masterpiece to watch the premiere of Season 4 of “Downton Abbey
.” If the new season is as heart-wrenching as the last, it might be best watched with a bottle of wine nearby.
It’s fortunate, then, that U.S. drinkers will be able to pop the cork on a bottle from the The Downton Abbey Wine Collection
starting in November. The collection will feature a Blanc, a blend of Muscadelle and Semillion, for white wine drinkers and a Claret, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, for those who prefer red wine.
The wines are made in the Bordeaux region of France. The makers wanted “the same vines, soil and region used to produce the wines from the Downton era.” They wanted to create wines that the Crawley family, the fictional family that “Downton Abbey” revolves around, would have served at their table.
If you watch “Downton Abbey,” you’ll know that wine plays a big part of the meals that are served in the home. Dinner is always accompanied by wine that the butler, Mr. Carson, carefully selects for the family each evening.
The wines are available for pre-sale from Wine.com
and will ship after Nov. 5, leaving plenty of time to reach people by the Jan. 5 premiere date.
If I get my hands on a bottle of this wine, I’ll let you know if I'll be stocking up on it for premiere or for any future episodes where I'm left in shock after an unexpected twist. I certainly could have used a bottle nearby when Cora broke down after …. (If you’ve seen Season 3, you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to. If you haven’t, it would absolutely be best if you didn’t know what’s coming.)
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