E L James launches 50 Shades of Grey wineBy Lucy Shaw
50 Shades of Grey author E L James has launched a range of wines inspired by the erotic trilogy.
Both Red Satin and White Silk are made from grapes grown in California. The wines carry a simple black label framed by a metallic diamond-shaped pattern and run with the tagline: “You. Are. Mine.”
The pair went on sale this week on fiftyshadeswine.com priced at £11.25 a bottle.
“Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, adding to the sensuality that pervades a number of scenes,” James is quoted as saying on the website.
“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,” she added.
A blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah, Red Satin 2009 is said to boast flavours of black cherry, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, cloves, spices, and, somewhat fittingly, leather, having been aged in French oak,
White Silk 2012 meanwhile, is a blend of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, and, according to the website, offers “floral aromatics of lychee, honey and pear tempered by flavors of grapefruit with a faint hint of butterscotch.”
Fermented in stainless steel, the wine, described by James as “delicate and playful”, has an abv of 13.5%.
The 50 Shades trilogy features numerous hat tips to different wines.
Earlier this year we reported that a mention of Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance in 50 Shades Darker sparked unprecedented interest in the South African sweet wine.
The 2004 vintage makes an appearance in James’ second book at a masked ball attended by the novel’s protagonists, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to direct the much hyped film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, with English actor Charlie Hunnam cast in the role of Christian and American actress Dakota Johnson set to play Anastasia.