Outlander Wine Available! Be Like Claire, Drink Lots

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A couple of weeks ago, I brought you the news that a new licensee, Lot 18, would bring us official Outlander wine (as opposed to the non-show-affiliated Outlander wine that you’ve all found at Aldi stores). Today, the wines were introduced, and you can actually order them! But move fast – they’re limited! From today’s press release:

With only 2500 of each specially created bottle, these delicious wines are available exclusively at Lot18.com/Outlander while supplies last.  Just in time for the holidays, shipments will begin on November 7. The individually selected wines were carefully crafted by the team at Lot18 to highlight their shared characteristics with the beloved characters Claire Fraser, Jamie Fraser, Claire Randall, and Frank Randall. The inspiration behind the wines and Lot18’s recommended wine pairings follow.

Claire Fraser- 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($30)

Persistent, adaptable, beguiling. These are the traits that have served Claire Fraser well as the Sassenach marooned in an era long past. She’s learned to survive – and thrive – based on her resources, and drawing upon the same qualities are the grapes for this elegant Pinot Noir, a variety that wine lovers around the world obsess over. At times feminine and delicate, yet in other instances earthy and robust, Pinot Noir can be an elusive seductress with undeniable class and versatility. In any case, it’s a variety that demands to be noticed and taken seriously. Indulge in the ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavors, with hints of cola and underbrush. Savor the silky texture as it unfurls on your palate. Enjoy with flavorful duck, quail or pork dishes for a transcendent pairing. This is a wine that will transport you to another time and place – and leave you longing for more.

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Jamie Fraser- 2014 Paso Robles Red Blend ($30)

Raise a glass of this crowd-pleasing Paso Robles red blend to Jamie Fraser, a natural leader whose strength and charm know no bounds. Fearless, yet compassionate, and perpetually bound by honor and duty, he is a worthy match for the bewitching outlander who suddenly appears in his life, changing it forever. Grenache, the unsung hero of many famous Southern Rhône red blends, is the main grape found in this Rhône-inspired wine, and like Jamie, the varietal speaks many languages, flourishing in warm regions around the world, from France to California. It’s often meant to serve as a humble backbone, yet always manages to stand out as being genuinely special. Ripe and juicy, with excellent natural acidity and clean, red-fruit flavors, this wine is worthy of toasting a true Scottish warrior and scholar, and will be a delight with grilled or roasted lamb. Sláinte, Jamie Fraser!

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Claire Randall- NV Vin Blanc French White Wine Blend ($20)

Even before she was transported to another era, Claire Randall was a woman ahead of her time. Demonstrating independence and resourcefulness as a wartime nurse, she has always spoken her mind and defied the status quo. Similarly unique is this incredibly balanced French white blend of Viognier and Pinot Gris that’s feminine and elegant, yet shows plenty of substance and power. This unusual wine is something that’s greater than the sum of its parts: The Viognier brings a vibrant dash of floral and spice, while the Pinot Gris, a varietal not typically found in this region, lends it richness and intrigue – qualities also found in Claire, who traveled to exotic locales during her nomadic upbringing and developed a strong sense of curiosity and adventure as a result. While delicious on its own, this white would also be a wonderful foil for scallops and other fresh seafood. It’s a transcendent creation that can’t help but stand out from the rest.

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Frank Randall- 2015 Vin de Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)

As an academic and historian, Frank Randall studied the past – but even he could not have foreseen the impact history would have on his life. A devoted husband who bears tragic and perplexing loss with dignity, Frank’s fortitude is celebrated with this dense and brooding blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon was developed by French wine growers in the 17th century, when they crossed Cabernet Franc with Sauvignon Blanc, and the resulting grape is thick-skinned and dependable – characteristics that Frank bears as well. This particular wine features black currant, plum and dark cherry flavors along with violet and dried herb notes, all balanced by a streak of acidity and a firm structure. Filet mignon would make a delicious partner for the powerful tannins of this wine. Much like Frank himself, this red is refined yet reliable – and it will go the distance, no matter the circumstance.

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The first 100 orders of any Outlander wine at Lot18.com will receive a free set of Outlander wine charms with purchase. Fear not for customers arriving a little later to the site, they’ll receive a special OutlanderStore.com code to receive a discount on all merchandise. The wine charms, created by Toy Vault, come in two different sets of six, “Characters” and “Love” themed, retailing for $19.95 each.

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Order your individual bottles OR a set of all four bottles (at a discount) here.

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Erin Conrad