I’m back with my final Legend of Zelda wine pairing post (at least until we get more games – or if I decide to do the spinoff games). Here’s part 1 and part 2 in case you missed them. I’ll start with a very early Zelda game…
Adventure of Link – Chianti
Admittedly, Adventure of Link is the Zelda game I’m least familiar with, and I imagine many Zelda fans are less familiar with as well. It’s very different from the rest of the series, and although not it’s not the most popular Zelda game, it’s still a classic. I chose chianti to go with it because it’s a pretty well known wine, but not as popular as merlot or cabernet sauvignon.
Phantom Hourglass – Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris is light, fruity, refreshing, and a little sweet – a great summer-y wine. So it’s probably great for sipping as you’re traveling around the world in your little boat.
Spirit Tracks – Port
A sweeter, fortified wine, it’s called Port because it comes from Portugal, but I decided to take a little spin on the name and associate it with transport. Spirit Tracks went a little more modern with its methods of transportation in the Zelda series – not only a train, but also Beedle’s hot air balloon. And I’ve also always thought of Spirit Tracks as a darker, edgier version of Phantom Hourglass – and of Port as a darker, edgier wine.
Four Swords Adventures – Zinfandel
Zinfandel, particularly white zinfandel, has a bit of a reputation as a party wine. So it’s great for your little party of four to drink while getting together to play Four Swords Adventures. Not into white zinfandel? Try red zinfandel!
Twilight Princess – Chocolate Red
Twilight Princess is considered to be one of the darker Zelda games, but I think beneath its dark exterior is a lot of sweetness! A chocolate red wine gives the perfect balance of dark and sweet for drinking while playing Twilight Princess.
Oracle of Ages – Mead
Not exactly a wine, mead is made from fermented honey and it’s possibly the oldest produced alcoholic beverage. It was once extremely popular before being outpaced by beer and wine, but its popularity has been on the rise recently. With the time travel device in Oracle of Ages, I thought mead was appropriate for both the old age and new.
A Link to the Past – Chambourcin
A Link to the Past gets a lot of credit for creating the well known Zelda formula. It created many of the elements that have been repeated again and again in the Zelda series. The reason I chose chambourcin, is because its a wine I’ve experience in many different ways – from dry to sweet, I’ve had it as a port and a chocolate red, and I’ve had it in red wine blends. It’s like a base for all kinds of great wine experiences!
And I’ve got a bonus for you!
Breath of the Wild 2 – Mulled Wine
Breath of the Wild 2 isn’t out yet, so I may reconsider this pairing when it’s released, but if you recall from part 1, I paired Breath of the Wild with sangria. Mulled wine is like the warm version of sangria! And if Breath of the Wild 2 is going to be a darker game as hinted in the trailer, you’re going to need something to keep you warm and cozy while playing.
Thanks for following my Zelda and wine pairing series, I hope to do something like this again in the future!
One last thing…the digital version of The Legend’s Cookbook is being released sometime today, so I’m hoping to scour through it when I get my copy and find some recipes to make (and post about) soon!