If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past couple months watching HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon. Palace intrigue, royal scandals, dragons, what’s not to like? Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a year or two for the next season, but in the meantime we can speculate on one of the biggest unanswered questions of the series: What is every character’s favorite type of wine? Frankly, its insane that this wasn’t cleared up in episode 1. If you like House of the Dragon and also like wine, this post is required reading:
King Viserys: Chardonnay
Viserys spends most of season 1 dying slowly of leprosy. Based on this, we can deduce that his wine preference would be sweet, chilled, and high in alcohol, so as to best distract him from his constant agony. The showrunners should have included a moment where he accepts a chilled wine glass from his brother, Daemon, during his climactic throne room scene in episode 8. Missed opportunity!
Prince Daemon: Syrah
Prince Daemon is House of the Dragon’s bad boy, and his wine choice should reflect his dark, enigmatic character. Syrah’s dark, full bodied flavor fits him perfectly. It’s a shame no one on set thought to add a few bottles of Syrah to Daemon’s saddle, so he could have a glass while riding his serpentine dragon, Caraxes.
Princess Rhaenyra: Zinfandel
Whether she’s getting double-crossed by her best friend, getting groomed by her uncle, or having her inheritance stolen from her by her half-brother, Rhaenyra could really use a break. The last episode ended on her grief stricken face upon learning of her son’s death. I would have let the cameras run a little longer, to show Rhaenyra instantly relax after a calming sip of zinfandel. To the House of the Dragon team: I am giving these ideas away for free!
Alicent Hightower: Sauvignon blanc
Alicent causes a lot of problems in House of the Dragon, like when she married her best friend’s dad. Maybe audiences would find her character more sympathetic if they knew that she likes to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with dinner. Perhaps after toasting Rhaenyra and her family, she could sip her wine and say “This sauvignon blanc is delicious. My favorite!”
Corlys Velaryon: Pinot Noir
Corlys, also known as the Sea Snake, is one of the wealthiest men in Westeros. Known for his overseas adventures, it only makes sense that Corlys would love a nice pinot noir. Maybe in the earlier episodes, during the war with the Crabfeeder, Corlys could have killed an enemy and taken a bottle of the red wine off his corpse. It wouldn’t have taken that long to show!
Rhaenys Velaryon: Rosé
Rhaenys, also known as the Queen that Never Was, was once a major contender for the throne before being outvoted in favor of her cousin Viserys. She’s a tough woman, but she has a soft side. There would be no better way to show this soft side than to have her constantly sipping a light, fruity rosé. Maybe a Provence style blend! If House of the Dragon is looking for a wine supplier, maybe they should give us a call!
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