It is time for South African’s to prepare to defend themselves against the looming winter and all the threats that it holds. Now, of our course we do not live in Westeros, this is not a Game of Thrones and so that winter is coming is not quite as terrifying as it could be. Nevertheless, it’s getting colder and the weather is becoming increasingly inhospitable- preparations must be made and who better to take guidance from than the Westerosians, who seem to know what the very worst winters are about.
It seems clear, from both the books and television series, the best thing you can do in just about any circumstances of consequence is to feast and to drink wine- barrel loads of wine. Whether you’re hosting royalty, being inaugurated into the Night’s Watch, or popping into a tavern on your way to seek help from the most dire of circumstances, if you are in Westeros then you are also guaranteed to be eating well and drinking even better. The lesson is this: Winter is Coming it’s time to feast and drink. This seems like very good guidance- winter is long (even when it doesn’t last for years) and its most obvious consolations are warm comforting food and, of course, sweet, spicy Gluhwein.
In fact, the perfect glass of steaming fragrant Gluhwein can make you wish that Winter never left in the first place. With a goblet of warm wine in your hand the words “Winter is Coming” are not scary at all; instead they are something to get excited about.
When Old Nan warns Bran in the HBO TV series:
Oh, my sweet summer child! What do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep; fear is for the Long Night, when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little Lord.
One can’t help but think that she would have had a slightly more positive outlook with a fortifying glass of Gluhwein in her hand.
Are you preparing for Winter? Why not get your poor cold hands on one of our 750ml bottles or 2l boxes of conveniently pre-mixed Gluhwein. We’re also getting good and cosy on Facebook and Twitter: tell us a story about an experience you have had with Gluhwein on our Facebook wall and you stand to win a Gluhwein hamper to help you through the cold. We are your virtual inn keepers waiting to give you shelter from your adventures and to hear all about them.