On Saturday I had the honor of Co-Hosting Lori’s Radio Show, Northwest Prime. We decided to turn the conversation to wine, the new Fifty Shades Wine. If you missed the show you can listen here. If you don’t have an hour and a half to devote to wine, you can read all about it here.
I’ll write this as what I am, an amateur wine drinker. I’ve read Wine For Dummies, and I’ve done a bunch of winery tours around the world. I’m not a novice, but I’m not a Sommelier like Lori. I did steal a few tricks from Lori for this post.
A few things about me and my wine drinking to set the stage. I’m definitely more of a white wine drinker and I don’t like my wines too dry. While I do drinks reds from time to time, it is not my preference.
Floral aromatics of lychee, honey and pear are tempered by flavors of crisp grapefruit, mineral and lush pear with a faint hint of butterscotch.
White Silk is a blend of primarily Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is fermented cool, under 50 degrees F, and aged in stainless steel to preserve its delicate and rich character.
At first sniff the wine had a sweet pair scent.
My first sip was smooth, like silk (pun intended). The wine was sweeter then I expected and it really did slide down the throat easily. I instantly noticed a difference between this and the $10 bottle of wine that people often grab for that dinner party they are dreading. The wine is on the sweeter side at first sip, but does become a bit more dry on the end. The wine is a great choice that will please most palates because of the balance of the dry and sweet.
Lori described it for reference as being more like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. She recommended to pair this with spicy and salty foods like Thai, Chinese and Pizza.
This decadent blend has flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, creamy caramel and vanilla, leather and clove spice.
Red Satin is a blend of primarily Petite Sirah and Syrah, it was aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
At first sniff I noticed the cherry scent, it’s very strong and much sweeter then I expected from a red. As I absorbed the scent of the wine I started to pick up on the chocolate or cocoa flavors too.
When I drank it it started out dry but as it went down I could really taste the black cherry flavor, which happened to linger for quite a bit. The more I drank, I started to pick up on the clove spice and the caramel flavorings.
This wine was dryer than the white, and although I prefer whites, I thought this was a very drinkable wine for the fringe red drinkers and those who haven’t found a red they enjoyed yet.
Fifty Shades Wine says you can drink this wine right out of the bottle; but, Lori suggested letting it sit for 30-45 minutes first if you have the luxury of the time.
Lori’s paring suggestions: Beef works; but, pork, lamb, venison and strong cheeses might be best. But you could also put it with a salmon.
Where to Buy
You can order it on Fifty Shades Wine’s website, it cannot be shipped to all states, so check out their detailed page on shipping. Shipping is just $10 flat rate up to a case. You might want to get together with your friends and order as a group to save a few dollars. Wine must be signed for by someone at least 21 years of age, as my sister found out when she signed for mine in her PJ’s.
The wine is also available at Albertson’s on the West Coast and will be coming to stores on the East Coast in the next few weeks. If you want the wine, tell your local liquor/wine/grocery store that you are interested in it.
Wine is currently not shipping outside the United States. While they are pursuing this, they do not have a date when they will be shipping outside the US or to what countries. If you are from another country and are interested, I would encourage you to ask your local shop about it. The more people who want the wine, the more likely they are to find a way through the red tape. You can also submit your inquiry through the sites International Inquiry page.
Both wines are $17.99 a bottle or $215.88 a case. Shipping is $10 flat rate for up to a case of wine.
The wine does come with real corks (there is a shortage of cork so synthetic corks are becoming popular). AND the corks have writing on them!
Both wines are easy wines, ummm… I mean both wines are very drinkable. I think they’ll appeal to casual wine drinkers and regular drinkers alike. If your friends and family will roll their eyes at you bringing Fifty Shades Wine to the dinner table then sneak it in a decanter and surprise them at the end of dinner.
I’ll give Lori the final word on the wine, “Beware of the
#FSoGWine White…high alc will knock your knickers off fast, lol”
I would like to thank Chase from Fifty Shades Wine for arranging samples of the wine to be sent for tasting. I also want to thank my sister for signing for the wine in her PJ’s, the things my family does for me!