The Weird Handmaid's Tale Wine That Never Made It To Shelves

The (fermented) fruit was clearly not blessed.

Season two of The Handmaid's Tale has been a tough watch from the get-go, and now that we're ramping up to Thursday's mind-blowingly epic finale, many viewers -- us included -- are reaching for a good old glass of vino to help the drama in Gilead go down a little easier.

New York-based winemakers Lot18 seemed to be on the same wavelength when they released a trio of Handmaid's Tale-themed wines on July 10, just ahead of the show's big conclusion.

The lord, however, did not open, and the range was seemingly scrapped at the last minute without word from Lot18, the series' distributor Hulu or production company MGM.

A statement on Entertainment Weekly's original article simply says, "UPDATE (8:30 p.m. ET): After further consideration, Lot18 and MGM have decided to cancel the line of wines inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale."

The eleventh-hour decision was met with mixed reactions from fans, with some left to ponder what they'll never have ...


Others were pleased to see the wine pulled, with many calling it "off-brand" and the "worst tie-in ever."

The three now-scrapped varietals were inspired by three iconic characters from the Hulu series -- Elizabeth Moss' Offred, Alexis Bledel's Ofglen and Yvonne Strahovski's Serena Joy.

Read on for more on these (now-defunct) drops, with descriptions from Lot18 captured before the product page was removed from the site.


A 2017 Pays d’Oc Pinot Noir.

Image: Lot18.

“Rich and complex. Lush, fruit flavors of cherry and cassis are complemented by earthy flavors of mushroom and forest floor. We honor Offred with a wine that will stay with you long after you’ve finished your glass and a powerful experience you will never forget.”

Serena Joy

A 2016 Bordeaux Blanc.

Image: Lot18.

“Sophisticated, traditional and austere … While the wine may initially come off as restrained, a few sips reveal it to be hiding layers of approachable white grapefruit and lemongrass, backed by weight and concentration.”


A 2017 Rogue Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Image: Lot18.

“A daring testament to the heights that Oregon Cabs can reach, featuring concentrated flavors of cherry, plum and coffee bean that give way to a warm, spicy finish.”

Feature image: Lot18 and Hulu.