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Graham Norton has released a range of wines, and they're bloody delish

By Steph N July 22, 2017

Who'd have thunk it?

In case you weren't already aware, comedian and talk show host, Graham Norton has joined the long list of celebs (like, Justin Timberlake, George Clooney and Drew Barrymore) who have their own alcohol ranges – because, well... if you have the time and the means, why wouldn't you?! 

The Irish comedian has his own range of wines, simply called GN, that was first launched in 2014 and in the years since, have been awarded several prestigious wine accolades. Not too shabby, hey?

When he first started out in the booze biz, Norton released just 14,000 bottles, while this year, more than 2 million bottles of the GN Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Shiraz are being produced. 

More than just a name to add the the brand, Norton is very hands-on in the wine making process, and blends each vintage with the help of Invivo founders and wine makers Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne.

For the first vintage, we personally transported Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Marlborough to London to be stomped by the man himself on the set of his show,” said Lightbourne.

If you’re wondering how best to enjoy the wines, don’t worry, we have that covered for you:

Sauvignon Blanc:

Enjoy with a chicken roast, as the roasting will bring out the fats of the skin which will counteract the acidity of the Sauvignon. Another great pairing is thai food with lemon and myrtle flavours, as the spices match the zesty flavours of the Sauvignon beautifully. 

Or if you want to treat yourself, enjoy with freshly shucked oysters. The saltiness counteracts the acidity, creating the perfect pairing. 

Rosé:

A spicy lamb curry such as Rogan Josh is a great pairing. The lovely fruit flavours of the wine balances the spices. Gnocchi Gorgonzola is another good match, as the light and fruity wine will balance the richness of the dish.

Shiraz:

The GN red is so flavoursome and easy to drink, it's perfect to enjoy at a BBQ this summer. The light bodied wine will be delicious to enjoy in the sunshine, and the fruity flavours balance the smokiness of the BBQ.

Graham first got interested in winemaking when Invivo Wines started supplying Graham’s BBC talk show with their wines. The host loved the wine so much, he decided to get involved himself. And the rest, as they say, is wine making history.

Impressively, the GN range has scored 31 wine show awards, including gold medals for last year’s GN Rosé and Shiraz at the prestigious 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition. Qantas even chose to serve the GN Sauvignon Blanc on-board their Business Class in 2016.

If you’re looking to try a drop, head over the Cellarmasters or visit Cellarmasters.com.au.

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