\r\nBy Kelly MacConomy\r\nALEXANDRIA, VA-The 8th and final season of the HBO fantasy\/action series \u201cGame of Thrones\u201d premiered April 14 and the final episode will air May 19.Wine has featured prominently throughout life in Westeros. This month, Z~Oenology takes a look at GOT-themed events at nearby wineries and explores the storied Rh\u00f4ne varietal Viognier.\r\nViognier is the signature white wine of Virginia. The grape hails from the Rh\u00f4ne region of France and is the only white grape permitted to be cultivated in the northern Rh\u00f4ne Valley area of Condrieu. How very Stark.\r\n\r\nNo doubt it was Jon Snow\u2019s wine of choice, but Viognier had all but disappeared by the 1960s, when renewed interest saved it. And, in 1989, the late, great godfather of Virginia winemaking, Dennis Horton, brought Viognier to his Horton Vineyard in Gordonsville, where the vine and the wine went wild like dragons in the north. In 2011, the Virginia Wine Board declared Viognier the state grape.\r\nIn 1993, Dennis Horton\u2019s Viognier won first prize in a California battle\u2014rather, tasting competition\u2014and jousting for best Viognier began. Horton\u2019s remains a favorite to this day. Knight\u2019s visor tips to Jefferson and Barboursville (Charlottesville), Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA), Pearmund (Broad Run), and Breaux, Chrysalis, Sunset Hills, Walsh Family Winery and Veritas (all in Loudoun County).\r\nBut closest of all is Paradise Springs winery in Clifton. Founded by Jane Kincheloe, a Saint Agnes School graduate who branched out to a Westeros winery in Santa Barbara, California, Paradise Springs serves a lovely Viognier in a forested setting. Beware the White Wine Walkers!\r\n\r\nAlexandria wine-tasting venues such as Society Fair and Sonoma Cellar may be your royal wine hand, expertly guiding you in finding your vine. In the immortal words of the consummate Z~oenophile Tyrion Lannister, \u201cEverything\u2019s better with some wine in the belly.\u201d\r\nAnd who doesn\u2019t share the reverie of owning a winery someplace in the rolling verdant hills of Crownlands? Much as Tyrion pines, \u201cI\u2019d like to have my own vineyard, make my own wine: The Imp\u2019s Delight. Only my close friends would drink it.\u201d There\u2019s even a Game of Thrones wine label available at Target, Total Wine, Giant, Wegman\u2019s, and Dixie Liquor, as well as select area wine merchants.\r\n\r\nIf you want an immersive Game of Thrones winery experience, Fabbioli Cellars in Leesburg hosts an annual Game of Thrones tasting. The winery is decorated with throne dynasty banners and life-size cardboard stand-ins of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion. Of course, a few figures have left the tasting room over the years as they were assassinated or executed. Bloodshed and tyranny happen in the North.\r\nFabbioli doesn\u2019t bottle Viognier but they make \u201cSomething White\u201d a dry white blend in the Viognier style. Doug Fabbioli changes the secret elixir formula every year but the blend is Viognier and Vidal Blanc. The taste is bright and crisp, with the tropical flavors and fragrance of stone fruits, hinting of honeysuckle, hammocks, sunshine, freshly-mowed grass\u2014all the seductions of the season.\r\nSummer is coming\u2026.