- "A taste for the Khaleesi?"
- ―The Wineseller to Daenerys Targaryen
The Wineseller is an unnamed minor character in the first season. He is played by guest star Simon Lowe and only appears in "You Win or You Die." He attempts to poison Daenerys Targaryen in the markets outside Vaes Dothrak, as King Robert Baratheon of Westeros has promised a lordship for doing this. He is discovered, captured, and executed.
Vaes Dothrak is the major population center for the area and caravans come there to the large bazaar called the Western Market, outside Vaes Dothrak. The merchants with the caravans come to trade with the Dothraki, but mostly to trade with each other, as the Dothraki don't really have an understanding of buying and selling. The Dothraki allow it as long as they obey the laws and customs of the sacred city. The wineseller has come with one of these caravans and is hawking a large variety of wines. He is small and dark haired.
Ser Jorah escorts Daenerys to the bazaar and excuses himself in order to ask the merchant captain if any letters have arrived for him from the west. As he passes a stall he is called to by a young lad, who says that the Spider sends his regards. He hands Jorah a rolled up parchment and says that it is a pardon and he can go home now. Ser Jorah Mormont clutches it and looks at it with longing, but then he looks back toward the market where Daenerys is. He knows that if he is not needed for information anymore it means something is about to happen. So instead of leaving he goes back to Daenerys and keeps an eye on her.
The wineseller calls his stock out in Dothraki in the market. When he spots Daenerys Targaryen he offers her a sample. She accepts answering in the common tongue of Westeros. He is taken aback, Doreah then introduces Daenerys as the rightful heiress of the House Targaryen and the Seven Kingdoms. The wineseller bows and calls her princess. He then says that the wine she is about to try is Dornish swill and he has a dry red from the Arbor that is nectar of the gods and he will give her a cask for free as a gift. From the back of the stall he fetches a small cask marked with a brand of a cluster of grapes.
Ser Jorah Mormont has been watching and orders everyone to stop. He tells the wineseller to open the wine and then to taste it. The wineseller protests the wine is too fine for him, a poor wineseller drinks up all his own wares, and the wine has not been allowed to breath. But Ser Jorah insists that he sample the wine, and Daenerys becoming suspicious of his delaying joins Jorah in this. The wineseller, visibly sweating, seems to comply, but then he drops the glass and throws the cask at Rakharo, as he flees, the wineseller knocks into Daenerys who almost falls, but is caught by Ser Jorah. As he runs away, a weapon like a bolo is thrown at the winesellers feet and he falls to be captured by Daenerys' bodyguard Rakharo.
He has been taken to Khal Drogo's tent, tied to a post, and has been beaten bloody. Ser Jorah says that he will be tied to a saddle and forced to walk behind the khalasar. When Daenerys asks what will happen then, Jorah responds that he once saw a man last nine miles being dragged behind a horse.
Jorah tells Daenerys that Robert Baratheon will never stop he wants her and her child dead. Drogo comes in furious. He glares at the wineseller and then comes to Daenerys to ask if she is alright. Drogo kisses her head and strokes her belly, then he tells Ser Jorah that he may choose any horse as his reward, that is Drogo's gift to him. And for his unborn heir he also has a gift, he will take his men and will travel across the sea and take the iron chair that his mother's father sat in.
When next we see the wineseller he is naked and bound with a rope around his hands, the other end of which is tied to the saddle of Daenerys' horse when the khalasar rides to Lhazar. He presumably dies during the journey.
|Season One appearances|
|Winter is Coming||The Kingsroad||Lord Snow||Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things||The Wolf and the Lion|
|A Golden Crown||You Win or You Die||The Pointy End||Baelor||Fire and Blood|
In the books
The wineseller is speaking Dothraki, but Daenerys answers him in Valyrian, he asks if she is Tyroshi and, when informed of who she is, he falls to his knees and says that many remember the Targaryens and long for their return. As time goes on and he delays tasting the wine, Daenerys says he will either drink the glass or she will have her men pour the whole cask down his throat. When he throws the cask of wine he throws it at Daenerys who is very pregnant. Ser Jorah pushes her out of the way, the cask hitting him in the shoulder. Daenerys nearly falls but is caught by Doreah. Jhogo (Rakharo in the show) takes the wineseller down with his whip. The merchant captain, leader of the caravan then comes, and he is indignant that one of his people has done this. He gives Daenerys all of the wineseller's stock to make up for what he tried to do. Daenerys finds it odd that the merchant captain seems to know what has occurred though he hasn't asked and no one has told him.
Ser Jorah tells Daenerys that the letter he has received is from Magister Illyrio, with the warning of assassination attempts to come. The letter was written to Viserys, as due to the vast distances across Essos and delay in communication, no one in the Free Cities knew he was dead yet. The letter said that King Robert Baratheon has offered a Lordship to whoever kills Viserys or Daenerys and her unborn child. Daenerys finds it macabre that by this reckoning King Robert owes Khal Drogo a lordship for killing Viserys.
The wineseller is not present in the tent for Drogo's speech.