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Klingon Wine

There are several wines which are sold with a license of CBS-Studios. All of these are Klingon themed and have details like images of the trefoil or a bat'leth and some or even more Klingon phrases.


Klingon wine bottle

Label of Klingon wine
The company Best Coast Wine from San Miguel, Kalifornien, has produced a Klingon wine in 2012. (1). According to the label, (2) the wine is a blend made of three kinds of wine. The wine contains fruit aromas, spices and vanilla (3).

Klingon language

The front of the bottle has no words at all and simply shows a trefoil.

The label on the back shows the phrase yIlop! wa'leS chaq maHegh! (Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die.), a quote from Okrands second book The Klingon Way. The klingon letters in the background show the word 'Iw HIq blood wine. The text uses the words tlhIngan 'Iw HIq, klingon blood wine.


The wine is registered at the US trademark office with the word "Klingon"(4).

2020 is a US company from New York selling several licensed wines, such as "Chateau Picard", "United Federation of Planets Sauvignon Blanc" and so on. In 2020, they announced a Klingon Blood Wine. Shipping is planned to start on September 17, the Klingon Day of Honor.(5) (6)

Klingon language

The front of the bottle shows a large red trefoil on a black background, surrounded by bat'leths. Below of that is the phrase batlh bIHeghjaj, written in pIqaD as bax bihegjaj.

The back of the bottle

Background information

David Holquinn (Klingon name DeyvID HolQIn) was involved in the design of the bottle from the beginning, as they knew about wine but nothing about Klingon culture or language. He chose the style of bottle from hundreds of possible bottles, guided them on the logo, and he came up with the batlh yItlhutlh idea as a parallel to "drink carefully". David gave them phrases as options for the corks, and provided historical lore for the back of the label which was later reduced / cut. When they mentioned wanting to do a whole page in Klingon - see below - he contacted Chris Lipscombe to help with translating what they wanted. (7)

Press release

They put out a press release in Klingon, entirely translated by Chris Lipscombe:

Wines That RockvaD HIvje' tIpep!

Hov leng ghIrep HIqmey veb luchenmoH 'e' maq Wines That Rock, Hov leng naH HIqmey chenmoHwI'. DIS 2019 Sauvignon Blanc le' yughbogh yuQjIjDIvI' ghIrep HIq le''e' choqlu'bogh mIr cha'DIch tu'lu' 'ej qIb naQDaq vIlle' pIlmoHbejbogh tlhIngan 'Iw HIq Doj'e' tu'lu'.

«cha' Hov leng ghIrep HIqmey chu' DIchenmoHmeH vumchuq van'a' Qapbogh renwI'ma''e', Hov leng pInpu', tlhIngan pInpu' je. Hemqu' malja' naQ.» jatlh Wines That Rock DevwI' Howard Jackowitz. «'eybogh ghIrep HIq le''e' wIneHbogh 'ej wItIvbogh 'ej boSlaHbogh vay' wIchenmoH reH 'e' 'oH Qu'maj'e'. 'ach Hov leng ghIrep naHmey mIr cha'DIch wIchenmoHtaHvIS wInIDqu'chu'. ghIrep HIq Dun wIneHbogh wIlIngmeH DIS 2020 Wine Enthusiast's «loSmaH ben chaHbogh loSmaH wejwa'-chenmoHwI'» Andrew Nelson, ghIrep HIq chenmoHwI', wImuvmoH. Dunqu' gher'ID.»

ngebHa' luneHqu'mo' tlhIngan 'Iw HIq luchenmoHtaHvIS, Hov leng pInpu' tlhIngan tIgh pInpu' je Suqpu' Wines That Rock. bal wIvlu' 'ej tlhIngan Hol wIvlu' 'ej renlu' 'e' luboQ pInpu' 'ej tlhIngan tIgh qun je luQIj.

«qaStaHvIS poH law' tIgh lugh qun lugh je DIQul 'e' luboQ tlhIngan HIvwI' ghom DevwI'pu' tlhIngan Hol yejHaD DevwI'pu' je. ghIq tu'qom wIbuSpu'. ghItlhwI' mIw le' vIchenmoHpu'. bal pervaD SIr'o' rurmoH 'ej nur SuqmoH,» jatlh Criag Spurrier, Wines That Rock rIqwI'a'. «tlhIngan naH HIq chenmoHwI' Dun mIw tIQ DIquvmoH wIneHmo' lurDech ngembogh 'Iw HIqvam DIchenmoHmeH Cabernet Sauvignon ghIrep naHmey le' DIlo'pu'. wejwa' HoS lIngmeH 'ej balDaq Doqqu'moHmeH ghIrep naHmey DIQorghqu'. vIlle'pu'vaD mermeH pegh le' So'lu'bogh wIchelpu'. loS qorghwI'mey le' DIchenmoH. Hoch qorghwI'Daq tlhIngan vIttlhegh ghItlhlu'. E2 Family WineryDaq ghopDu' DIlo'taHvIS Hoch balmey DIteb 'ej DIngaQmoHmeH req wIlo'.»

«Dunbogh ghIrep HIq chu' luchenmoHtaHvIS Wines That Rock vItlhejlaHmo' jIquv,» jatlh Chris Lipscombe (qurgh lungqIj), tlhIngan HIvwI' ghom (KAG) DevwI', tlhIngan Hol yejHaD (KLI) DevwI'Hom je. «tlhIngan tIgh qun je lughoj luneHqu'chu'mo' Dunqu' 'ej 'Iw HIqvam lutIvmeH 'eb ghaj Hoch tlhIngan SuvwI'pu' 'e' vItul. 'IwlIj jachjaj!»

'el yuDjIjDIvI' ghIrep HIq puq poH veb. Sauvignon Blanc 'oH 'ej chenmoHmeH 'ev bIQ'a' HeH ghIrep naHmey lo'lu'. muD 'umber tuj naHmey 'epIn naH chIS je pIw ghaj ghIrep HIq Dun 'ej na'ran Seghmey pIm rur wejwa'Daj. Hoch balmeyDaq mI' pIm ghItlhlu'. yuQjIjDIvI' Old Vine Zinfandel qoch mojmeH renlu'. 'ejyo' Degh rur tu'qomDaj rutlh perDaj le' je. Hov leng puq poH veb HIp van tu'qomDaj. yuQjIjDIvI' wanI'meyDaq gharwI' rIpmeyDaq DIvI' yej qepmeyDaq je DIvI' nuv potlhvaD jablu'meH bal 'IH ghIrep HIq Dun je wIchenmoH. DIvI' Qu' qun je vuv cha' HIqvam. DI'ruj mojpu' wontoyvetlh 'ej qIbDaq rIbpu'.

DaH cha' ghIrep HIqmey chu' DIS vorgh Chateau Picard Cru Bordeaux yuQjIjDIvI' Old Vine Zinfandel je Daje'meH yISuch! vay' Hov leng no'laSpa' tlhejchu'!

Enter the next generation of the United Federation of Planets wines, a Sauvignon Blanc, made from north coast California grapes. This exquisite wine offers aromas of tropical fruits and white peach on the nose followed by refreshing crisp citrus flavors finishing with delicious length. Each of the limited-edition bottles are individually numbered.

Designed as a companion to the United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel, its futuristic round shape and unique label cut were inspired by the Starfleet Delta and are a nod to Star Trek: The Next Generation official issue uniforms.

The bottle's elegant design and premium wine quality were created as if they were to be served at official United Federation of Planets gatherings including diplomatic banquets, Federation Council meetings, and planetary assemblies. Both Federation wines pay homage to the history and mission of The Federation, a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the galaxy.

In its quest for authenticity, Wines That Rock enlisted the talents of several of the world's leading Star Trek and Klingon experts to help make Klingon Bloodwine the real deal – from the bottle selection, Klingon language, wording, design, and a deep dive on Klingon Culture & History.

"We spent a lot of time researching with leaders of the Klingon Assault Group and Klingon Language Institute to get the cultural and historic elements rights. From there, we focused on design elements, including a special silk screen process with a unique mesh texture that gives the bottle a certain gravitas," said Wines That Rock's Head of Innovation Craig Spurrier.

"Honoring the ancient methods of the great Klingon vintners, premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were used to create this traditional Bloodwine, cultivated to produce strong flavors that glisten a vibrant ruby color in the glass. As a special 'extra' for fans, each bottle also features one of four unique corks produced with different Klingon proverbs. Each bottle is then hand filled and expertly wax dipped at E2 Family Winery."

"I am honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Wines that Rock as they created this fantastic new wine," said Chris Lipscombe (qurgh lungqIj), Head of the Klingon Assault Group (KAG) and Assistant Director for the Klingon Language Institute (KLI). "Their eagerness to embrace Klingon history and culture during the work was glorious, and I hope every Klingon warrior has the chance to enjoy a bottle of this Bloodwine! 'IwlIj jachjaj!"


1 : Announcement on prweb, retrieved 23 March 2016

2 : label, retrieved on 23 March 2016

3 : (en) description on, retrieved 23 March 2016

4 : entry for "Klingon, Wine", retrieved 23 March 2016

5 : Klingon Blood Wine - Star Trek Wines, retrieved 05 Sep 2020

6 : STAR TREK WINES Returns with Klingon Bloodwine in 2020, September 03, 2020, on

7 : private Facebook message from David Holquinn to Lieven L. Litaer of 04 Sep 2020

Category: Appearance    Latest edit: 05 Sep 2020, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 15 Mar 2016 by KlingonTeacher
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