Here’s a pair of vintages that should be engaging to “Star Trek” fans.
The first two selections in a new Star Trek Wines series are available with one celebrating the United Federation of Planets, the other paying tribute to the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart.
The 2016 Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux, France, is timely as Stewart’s Picard returns next year in a new CBS All Access series, “Star Trek: Picard.” That wine can be purchased along with a numbered, limited edition of the United Federation of Planets Special Reserve for $120 (Only 1,701 packs will be sold. Star Trek fans will know 1701 as the starship Enterprise’s identification number.)
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The wines, available at StarTrekWines.com, are being brought to market by Wines that Rock, which sells wines carrying the labels of rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, and The Police and Woodstock. They will be poured at the Star Trek Las Vegas event, which runs Wednesday to Sunday.
The Chateau Picard – actually made at a winery named Chateau Picard in eastern France – is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. It is available separately for $60. The label is that of the Picard family’s vineyard, which will be seen in the new series “Star Trek: Picard” series arriving in 2020. (You can see it in the trailer released recently at Comic-Con). The vineyard also appeared at various times during ‘The Next Generation” series and the subsequent films.
The Special Reserve United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel, available for $50, is made in Sonoma County, California. It’s a blend of 87% Zinfandel, 12% Petit Sirah and 1% Syrah grapes. The bottle features the United Federation of Planets seal and the Starfleet insignia.
A perk for those who purchase the limited two-bottle pack: They will have priority on future Star Trek wines.
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