Second to my love of all things horror, I have a mighty fondness for wine (because I’m a boozy idiot who happens to live in a great region for it). So, naturally, I’m pretty excited that Lot 18 have teamed up with AMC for a special line of limited edition wines to celebrate the latest season of The Walking Dead.
They currently have three different hand-crafted blends with uniquely designed labels, perfect for pairing with a life-or-death post-apocalyptic battle. Enjoy the finer things as you watch civilization crumble to hordes of blood-thirsty walkers and tortured survivors. Treat yourself.
The wines highlight the character traits of three fan favorites: community leader Rick Grimes, aloof warrior Daryl Dixon, and villainous Negan (your problematic fave). Of course, they’re all red wines, because otherwise it just wouldn’t be bloody enough. Read on for the flavor profiles!
Rick Grimes – 2016 California Petite Sirah
Whether he’s fighting off a herd of walkers or rallying communities to defend against the Saviors, Rick Grimes is undoubtedly the leader of the group, just as this Petite Sirah would command the attention of anyone who tastes it. Like Rick, this red is a true crowd pleaser – bold, dark and balanced, exhibiting a notable tension between the bright acidity and firm, tannic structure. You’ll realize with just one sip that his is a wine that’ll never let you down.
Daryl Dixon – 2016 California Cabernet Sauvignon
Resourceful, fearless and capable of handling both the dead and the living, Daryl Dixon is a loner man of few words, but his loyalty to the group is immediately apparent to anyone he encounters. This California Cabernet Sauvignon is similarly reliable, showing depth and an attractive core of ripe black fruits, intermingled with savory nuances of coffee bean and dried herbs. Like Daryl’s crossbow, this is a wine you can count on to always hit the mark.
Negan – California Bourbon Barrel Red Blend
Negan is the man we all love to hate, but you have to respect his uncompromising style. This red blend is also brawny and bold, creating devotees with its robust, extracted flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel. A portion of the wine was bourbon barrel aged for three months. Composed of 73% Merlots, 18% Zinfandel and 9% Petite Sirah, this is a wine that packs a punch harder than Lucille’s, compelling you through the apocalypse and beyond.
My liquor cabinet is ready.
You can read more about the collection (and order online) at Lot 18. Each bottle retails at $22, or you can buy a full 12-bottle case for $208. Again, these wines are limited edition, so be sure to stock up if you’re keen to shamble through the holidays like a festively motivated zombie.
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