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Pulling influence from her popular book series “Fifty Shades of Grey,” author E L James created Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin and White Silk wines. Inspired by the book’s main character, Christian Grey, and his passion for wine, the Fifty Shades of Grey wines were blended by James as well as wine-makers in California’s North Coast appellation.
"Wine plays an important role in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ adding to the sensuality that pervades a number of scenes," James said in a statement. "I've always had a penchant for good wine, so combining two of my passions to blend Red Satin and White Silk was a natural extension of the series. I hope my readers curl up with a glass as they enjoy the romance between Anastasia and Christian."
Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin blends Petite Sirah and Syrah wine varietals and features flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, leather and clove spice, James says. It is aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels. Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk blends Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc wine varietals and features flavors of grapefruit, pear and a hint of butterscotch, James adds. It is fermented cool and aged in stainless steel tanks.
Currently, both wines are available for purchase online at www.fiftyshadeswine.com. They will be available at select retailers in the United States in October for $17.99.