Sunday, 31 July 2016

To Which Harry Potter House Would Wines Be Assigned by the Sorting Hat?

Who didn't ask themselves in which Hogwarts house they'd be assigned by the old sorting hat that decided pretty much the next seven years of all the new students in Harry Potter's school?

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In case you're wondering, here's a quiz you can take to figure out where you belong:

Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong In?

"Please don't send me to Slytherin"

Now, let's pretend wines were also assigned to different houses based on their traits... These are some famous wines, sorted into the four Hogwarts houses according to their characteristics [Thanks to harrypotter.wikia for summarising what the houses stand for so well]

Stands for bravery, heroism and chivalry. Its emblematic animal is the lion, its element is Fire and its colours are scarlet and gold.
Famous Gryffindors include: Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.

These wines are bold and bright, full of flavour and made from noble grapes. Bordeaux wines -both reds and whites- will totally go to Gryffindor, as well as Argentinian Malbec and Californian Chardonnay.
Among the bubbles, this would be Champagne's house.

ONE TO TRY: Silver Palm Chardonnay - California - 13.5% ABV

Values hard work, patience, loyalty and family. Its emblematic animal is the badger, its element is Earth and its colours are yellow and black.
Famous Hufflepuffs include: Hengist of Woodcroft (founder of Hogsmeade), and Artemisia Lufkin (first female minister for magic).

These wines are crafty and usually come from family run vineyards, Albariño would be in this house for sure, and so would Chianti Riserva. Among New World wines, New Zealand wines would be sent here as well. Portuguese Port is also a Hufflepuff. Bubbles wise, Cremants are the chosen ones.

ONE TO TRY: Pirueta Albariño - Spain - 12.5% ABV

For this house it's all about intelligence, knowledge and wit. Its emblematic animal is an eagle, its element is Air and its colours are blue and bronze.
Famous Ravenclaws include: Luna Lovegood, and Garrick Ollivander.

The wines can be a bit quirky and a little bit light in body and/or flavour. They might be a bit missundertood by some, but those who get them know they are capable of great things. Beaujolais among the reds, and Rieslings within the whites. Most rosé wines would also end up here, probably sharing room with Prosecco.

ONE TO TRY: L'Ostal Cases Rose - France - 13% ABV

This house values ambition, cunning and resourcefulnes. Its emblematic animal is the serpent, its element is water and its colours are silver and green.
Famous Slytherins include: Merlin, Tom Riddle, and Dolores Umbridge.

Elegant and refined, Sancerre wines would be exemplary Slytherins and so would Torrontés and Sherry. Red wines would be mostly made from Pinot Noir, although Amarone would be a rare example of an Italian sent to this house. In the sparkling department, Cava would represent the house.

ONE TO TRY: Chanson Bourgogne Pinot Noir - France - 12.5% ABV

By the way, if you're in Ireland, all the wines are available at O'Briens Wines and all are under €20

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