Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

I admit to being one few adults in the United States who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love to read, but lately, my attention span is about 140 characters so I spend more time reading tweets than books. But when presented with the opportunity to snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, I couldn’t resist.

Fifty Shades of Grey Wines are the creation of E L James, the renowned author of the record breaking Fifty Shades Trilogy which prominently features the experience of savoring wine. Both the Red Satin and White Silk are California North Coast blends, retailing for around $18 each.

The Red Satin is primarily a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah, aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels with flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, creamy caramel and vanilla, leather and clove spice. I paired the Red Satin with steak fajitas and was not in the least disappointed.

The White Silk is primarily a blend of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. It has a floral nose with hints of honey and pear.  It has a subtly minerality with flavors of grapefruit,  pear, and a faint hint of butterscotch. The crisp acidity made the White Silk the perfect choice for pairing with the Shrimp Pho I picked up from my favorite Vietnamese restaurant.

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If you were a winemaker, which novels would inspire your wines?

Disclosure: I’m not a sommelier or even a wine snob. I’m just a regular guy who loves wine. I frequently participate in food and wine chats on Twitter where I share what I like and I learn from others what they like. From time to time winemakers and marketers will send me wine to review. If I like it, I’ll tweet about it and possibly even write a blog post about it. If I don’t, you’ll never see it mentioned. I am not paid to review wines. Wine is my only compensation.

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