“Mr. Carson, pour the claret.”
Now homes without a butler will be able to serve Downton Abbey-branded wines, named for the award-winning television drama. Wines That Rock (“The Official Wine of Rock ‘N Roll”) will produce a selection of Bordeaux clarets and whites. The company already produces Grateful Dead Wine, Rolling Stones’ Forty Licks Merlot, and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon, among other brands.
The agency behind the deal is Knockout Licensing, which handles Downton Abbey licensing for the United States and Canada. According to a press release, the wines will “recreate the rich Bordeaux wines imported by the British aristocracy from France in the early 1900s.” It will be made in collaboration with Dulong Grands Vins de Bordeaux, which has been in the winemaking business for 130 years.
Fictional beverages abound (Romulan Ale, anyone?), but only a few have made the transition into the real world, like The Simpsons’ Duff Beer, distributed only outside of the U.S. The television show ‘Breaking Bad’ recently got its own brand of beer called Heisenberg’s Dark, named after the lead character’s drug-dealing alias.
No release date has been announced for the Downton Abbey wines, but fans of the television series can look forward to a fourth season of the Crawley family saga in 2014.
What’s your favorite fiction-based beverage?