How awesome has the third season of Outlander been so far? I've really been digging the slow build up to the Moment They Meet Again, and in anticipation, have been reliving Jamie and Claire's highs and lows by re-watching key episodes from past seasons. Serendipitously, Lot18.com has just released a new set of Outlander wines that highlight the various personas of Jamie and Claire, and it's the perfect accompaniment for the occasion. Here's what I'm uncorking with each of the following episodes.
2016 Sassenach Languedoc-la-clape Rosé with "Sassenach" (Season 1, Episode 1)
This enticing French rosé can only be paired with the episode where Claire encounters a wounded Jamie for the first time, saves his life with her futuristic medical know-how, and he starts to playfully refer to her as Sassenach. The word technically translates to "English person" (in a derogatory context), but coming from Jamie it's more endearing than "honey" or "babe" could ever be.
2016 Mo Nighean Donn California Pinot Noir with "The Wedding" (Season 1, Episode 4)
Most Outlander fans will point to "The Wedding" episode as their favorite one of all, and I admit it's one I've watched more than once (or four times). If you feel like a good swoon, just pour yourself a glass of this earthy and seductive Pinot Noir and fast-forward to the scene where Jamie calls Claire "my brown-haired lass" for the very first time.
2016 La Dame Blanche Pays d'Oc Viognier with "La Dame Blanche" (Season 2, Episode 4)
Tensions ride high for much of Season 2, as Jamie and Claire struggle with their inner demons and adapt to their new lives in Paris, where some locals have come to know Claire as "the white witch." It isn't until the fourth episode that the couple reconciles over some unexpected news, and you can toast their steamy reunion with this enchanting Viognier.
2016 Red Jamie Côtes du Rhône Rouge with "Prestonpans" (Season 2, Episode 10)
This bloody episode finds the notorious Jacobite Red Jamie and his clansmen finally charging off to war against the British, after months of planning. I've never been good with graphic battle scenes, and this dynamic Côtes du Rhône is perfect for soothing frayed nerves as the members of the MacKenzie clan put their lives on the line for their cause.
2015 Mac Dubh Pays d'Oc Syrah with "All Debts Paid" (Season 3, Episode 3)
Jamie is called "son of the black" during his dark years at Ardsmuir prison, and this similarly dark Syrah will get you through this haunting episode. It's heartbreaking to see Jamie wearing heavy chains and learn that he is hunting prison rats for meat. (Total tangent here, but what do you think would pair well with prison rat?) Still, he's able to rise above it all, becoming a spokesperson for his fellow inmates, befriending the prison warden, and keeping the memory of Claire alive.
2016 A. Malcolm Languedoc-la-clape Rouge with "Freedom and Whiskey" (Season 3, Episode 4)
SPOILERS FROM LAST SUNDAY'S EPISODE AHEAD - YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! At last, this past weekend we were treated to the reunion we've been waiting for, and this unforgettable red blend is the wine to drink on such an occasion. It almost seemed like Claire was chasing a dream, with just the name "Alexander Malcolm" to go on, but when she finally journeys back into the past and calls out to him again after 20 years — and he, adorably, responds by fainting — it was a moment worth toasting to. Slainte, Claire and Jamie!
Want a taste of the new Outlander wines? Visit Lot18's Outlander Wine Boutique to place your order. Quantities are extremely limited, though, so dinna tarry, sassenachs!