E.L. James Launches Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

09/23/2013 at 04:36 PM ET

E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey Wine
Courtesy Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

Just call it fifty shades of—vino!

E.L. James, author of the bestselling romance novel— and soon-to-be big screen adaptation—adds wine-maker to her resume with the launch of Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin and White Silk wines, a collection of wines inspired by her saucy trilogy.

Featuring the tagline “You Are Mine,” the wines were developed and personally blended by James and winemakers in California’s North Coast region, and offers consumers the chance to connect with Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on a different level.

“Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, adding to the sensuality that pervades a number of scenes,” James says. “I hope my readers curl up with a glass as they enjoy the romance between Anastasia and Christian.”

Red Satin is described as “a decadent red blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah with flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, creamy caramel and vanilla, leather and clove spice,” whereas its lighter vintage, White Silk is blend of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, with “floral aromatics of lychee and honey, tempered by flavors of crisp grapefruit, mineral and lush pear with a faint hint of butterscotch.”

For those looking for something a little bold or delicate, naughty or nice (a nod to the tumultuous lovers perhaps?), fans of the erotic bestseller and wine aficionados alike can stock up on the blend of their choice at FiftyShadesWine.com for $18.

Bottoms up!

—Karen J. Quan

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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