You Shall Drink Lord of the Rings Wine for the Holidays

Four wines to rule them all.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 22, 2017

Image: Lot18

It may be the holidays, but Lord of the Rings fans might just have even more reason to celebrate.

On Monday, winemaker Lot18 announced a collaboration with Warner Brothers that brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life, in all of its celebratory excess. Four wines to rule them all, each portraying a major character in the film adaptation of the fantasy series. Thankfully, Gollum was not one of them.

The wines can be had for $18 to $25 per bottle, or can be purchased in packs. A four-pack with one of each costs $75, and a case with three bottles of each costs $210.

Fans of the wizard Gandalf (or just fans of Sir Ian McKellan—that guy’s a boss) will be delighted to find a 2016 Gandalf Monterey County Pinot Noir ($20), which features sage advice in the form of “black raspberry, alpine strawberry and forest floor flavors. Now that tastes like Middle-earth.

Sorry Bilbo Baggins, only one Hobbit gets a wine, and that would be Frodo. The 2016 Frodo Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel ($20) is undoubtedly bold and brash, just like our short hero. Tasting notes describe this one as “reliable,” with flavors of blackberry, fig and spiced plum.

Beautiful and blonde, Galadriel would of course get a white wine to match her luscious locks. The 2016 Galadriel Bordeaux Blanc ($18) is a graceful blend with “grapefruit, lemon and lemongrass flavors,” with a “hint of dusty minerality” going down. We get a feeling that Legolas would slurp this one up.

Last, but certainly not least, is the powerful 2015 Aragorn Appellation Lussac-St. Émilion Contrôlée ($25)—a Bordeaux blend fit for the King Aragorn himself. Lot 18 describes it as an “intensely expressive wine” that “displays black-fruit flavors and polished tannins.” Save this one for a victory feast.

The wines are limited in quantity; only 6,000 bottles of each have been produced. So don’t delay, for these bottles are precious indeed! Go on a quest now to find them.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns