Off the Vine

Shades of Wine – The Wines of “Fifty Shades of Grey” Trilogy

I know I’m late, but I finally did it.  I read all three of “Fifty Shades of Grey” books. I enjoyed them all, but the subject that kept leaping off the pages, was the WINE.  They drank a lot of wine. I am not sure if it was the author’s intention to take us on a wine journey, but she did.  EL James led readers through France, Australia and Italy with each page of sipping. She is clearly a Vino-ista!

Besides thinking about the wine, the book made me think of all of you, the range of wine drinkers from the newly exploring to the seasoned sippers. There is one point in the book that the main character “Christian” makes a statement that applies to all of us. He notes that drinking wine is not about knowing everything about it; it’s about knowing and learning what YOU like. Simple Right!

So for YOU, my fellow Vino-ista’s I compiled a list of the wine mentioned throughout the trilogy. My hope is that you will use this list to explore and find out what YOU like.  Grab the books and a bottle or two and EXPLORE!

*The table below includes wine mentioned throughout the 3 books in the order of appearance. You will notice that some are very specific brands and others are just the type of wine (varietal).

Name Type Location Tips
Pouilly Fume White/Dry France Pairs well with Salmon and Chicken.
Pinot Grigio White/Dry /Light Bodied Various Regions
Sancerre White/Dry /Light Bodied France/Loire Valley Similar to Sauvignon Blanc. Pairs well with fish.
Bollinger Brut(Dry)/Champagne(Sparking) France
Chablis White/Dry France Made with Chardonnay grape and pairs well with meat and fish.
Shiraz Red/Dry/Medium-Full Bodied Australia/Barossa Valley
Alban Estate Rousanne 2006 White/Dry/Full Bodied France/Rhone Valley
Chateauneuf-de-pape VieillesVignes2006 Domaine de la Jannesse Red/Blend/Dry France/Rhone Valley
Alban Estate Grenache 2006 Red/Dry France
Armagnac Type of brandy distilled from white grapes and aged in oak barrels.
Frascati White/Dry Italy/Rome
Rose’ Blush/Ranges from Dry to Sweet
Sauvignon Blanc White/Dry Similar to Sancerre and Pouilly Fume
Cristal Dry/Champagne(Sparking) France


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