The series, developed by Lot18 and Sony Pictures Entertainment, includes six varietals that pay homage to Jamie and Claire with gorgeous labels and bold flavors. Each bottle is named after a poignant moment in the novels, ranging from the first time Jamie playfully calls Claire “Sassenach” to his stint in Ardsmuir prison to the Frasers print shop reunion.
Here at the BookBub Blog, we’re huge Outlander fans ourselves, and Lisa and Jo immediately ordered the full collection to see if the Outlander wine was worth the hype. The package had barely crossed our office threshold before we were anxiously ripping it open, oohing and aahing at the stunning bottles inside. As you can see, we’re very excited to have these in our hands:
Twisting off the corks, we wondered, “Will the Jamie wines taste as delicious as we imagine Jamie does? Will we have Scottish accents after consuming all of these? Are our jobs really so awesome that we get to talk about Outlander all the time?” (No, no, and yes, are the answers in order.)
Without further ado, read on to find out what we thought of the 2017 Outlander wine collection!
La Dame Blanche Pays d’Oc Viognier
Description: “She is given the name La Dame Blanche by her husband as a clever ruse, but in truth Claire does possess some of the cunning powers of this mythological figure, using them to turn fortunes her way. This French Viognier is similarly persuasive in its nature, with a heady floral aroma that leads to peach and apricot flavors on the palate, all lifted by a vein of acidity. Upon first sip, you’ll find yourself hopelessly enchanted.”
Lisa: “I can definitely taste the peach and apricot flavors in this one, but it’s not overpowering. While I do love white wine, this bottle actually isn’t my favorite of the collection.”
Jo: “I typically don’t drink white wine, but I liked how this one is fruity without being too sweet. And as the only white in the collection, I think it’s a nice, refreshing option.”
Sassenach Languedoc-la-clape Rosé
Description: “As a visitor of a time and place that’s not her own, Claire is a true outsider until Jamie Fraser draws her into his world and bestows upon her the playful nickname Sassenach. This rosé is Provençal in style, but, like Claire, it comes from an unexpected place — Languedoc-la-clape, where the limestone-rich soil lends the wine its flavors of strawberry, white peach, and grapefruit, racy minerality, and clean finish. Sometimes a fresh new perspective is exactly what’s needed.”
Lisa: “Yum! It’s clean and easy to drink, and I can taste the minerality as described. I could see myself drinking a whole bottle of this in the warmer months. It would be perfect for a summer book club or when you’re busy making a replica of Craigh na Dun in your garden.”
Jo: “I’m a fan of rosé, and I particularly like this one because it’s not too sweet. I’d describe it as a clean, dry taste.”
Mo Nighean Donn California Pinot Noir
Description: “‘My brown-haired lass’ is what Jamie affectionately calls his charming new bride in Gaelic, and there’s no better wine to embody that side of Claire than this earthy, seductive Pinot Noir. Exhibiting flavors of black raspberry, forest floor, and tea, this complex and balanced wine will make anyone fall in love with its alluring qualities immediately. Don’t bother attempting to resist its delightful and immensely appealing ways.”
Lisa: “I’m not a big red wine drinker, but I would absolutely cozy up with a glass or two of this on a chilly fall evening. It’s very earthy and warm, and my favorite red of the collection.”
Jo: “This red isn’t my favorite — it’s a bit too earthy for me. But if you’re not a fan of fruity wine, this might be the one for you!”
Mac Dubh Pays d’Oc Syrah
Description: “Even as a prisoner at Ardsmuir, Jamie retains a commanding presence, rallying the other prisoners and earning their respect as a leader. They give him the nickname Mac Dubh, or ‘son of the black’ — and it’s this earthy, brooding French Syrah that embodies this dark version of Jamie. With plenty of concentration and blueberry flavor, this is an intense wine that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go.”
Lisa: “Wow, there are strong notes of blueberry in here! But it just doesn’t do it for me. Sorry to say, this is my least favorite red of the collection.”
Jo: “This ranks as one of my favorites! It has a nice bold flavor. Definitely a good choice to warm you up on colder nights.”
A. Malcolm Languedoc-la-clape Rouge
Description: “A fugitive after the Jacobite rising, Jamie Fraser must become Alex Malcolm and begin anew as a printer in Edinburgh… yet under this simple facade lies the same complex and passionate man who captured Claire’s heart. Equally unassuming, at first, is this red wine from a small appellation in southern France. It becomes clear after experiencing the pure, black-red fruit nuances, however, that this is a charming, formidable wine — one you won’t easily forget.”
Lisa: “This is a red wine for everyone! I couldn’t identify any distinct flavors, and even though Jo and I have very different tastes in wine, we both said we would happily drink this. I imagine pairing it with a hearty winter meal.”
Jo: “This one has a more subtle flavor, so I’d say it’s a safe choice if you’re buying for a lot of different tastes.”
Red Jamie Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Description: “Whether he’s fiercely defending the love of his life or charging off to war alongside his clansmen, the notorious Jacobite Red Jamie is a force to be reckoned with — as is this dynamic Côtes du Rhône named in his honor. With a vibrant acidity and tannic structure keeping the flavors of red plum and blueberry in check, this red blend of 70% Syrah, 15% Carignan, and 15% Grenache will have you surrendering after just a taste.”
Lisa: “Oh Red Jamie, how I love thee. It’s very similar to the A. Malcom bottle (go figure!), but with stronger notes of blueberry. Like everyone’s favorite book boyfriend, this will be a crowd-pleaser for sure.”
Jo: “This red makes my top two! A strong fruity flavor, I can definitely taste the plum. The blend is easy to love — just like Jamie. ”
Lisa: “They did a great job with this collection — there’s really something for everyone here. If I had to choose my favorite, I’d go with the Sassenach. It’s delicious, and who doesn’t want to be called Sassenach?!”
Jo: “Please don’t make me pick! There are so many good ones. I loved both Mac Dubh and Red Jamie. Can you tell I have a thing for everyone’s favorite Scot?”
The Outlander wine collection from Lot18 is now available for a limited time.
Have you tried any of the Outlander wines? What did you think? Tell us in the comments!