Of course, I read it! Who hasn't? Well, maybe men, but then again I'm sure it's only a matter of time before their curiosity gets the best of them and they discreetly pick up a copy of the best selling erotic novel, "Fifty Shades Of Grey."
Women everywhere will admit that although S&M never sounded like something they'd be interested in, they're suddenly rushing to the hardware store with a shopping list consisting of soft rope, cable ties, coveralls and masking tape, in addition to purchasing the perfect grey neck tie.
What is it that has us so turned on you ask? Two words, Christian Grey. He's the epitome of sexiness and the master of seduction. I asked several women I know that have read the book this very question and the general consensus seems to be that, "Fifty Shades of Grey" really is an exciting love story. However, it's fair to say this is just a small part of our obsession with it. Secretly, many women want a man to dominate them, to act like a man so to speak, to take control and please them, just as Christian does with Anastasia, and to know how to do that without hurting women or making them feel dirty. Many women are bored with their sex lives and men they can run all over. Suddenly, Christian Grey has taught us it's ok to be naughty and that letting a man spank you might not be so bad after all.
Christian Grey definitely has a palate for wine, which only added to my affection for the book; everything from Sancerre to a bottle of 1999 Bollinger Grande Annee Rose. Since I couldn't afford the Bollinger, I opted for a "crisp and delicious" bottle of the 2010 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre from the Loire Valley of France. Admittedly, I sipped the wine while reading the book against candlelight.
So why Sancerre? Honestly, because I needed something to cool me down while reading this steamy a** book! All kidding aside the wine is a few "shades" darker than water, and if you didn't know, this book definitely doesn't call for water. Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre is a very good wine for being entry level, much like the author's success with this being her first novel. Its restrained aromatics remind me of Christian tying Ana up with his grey neck tie or his apprehension at bringing her over to the "dark" side, the "red room of pain," if you will. The wine's fruit character is balanced by racy acidity, as is the book, giving equal attention to both sex and love. And finally, the finish is drawn out in length, as is the book's final pages, leaving you yearning for more!
Please let me know your comments in the section below! Have you read the book or do you plan on picking up a copy? Why do you think the book has gained so much success and what wine do you think pairs best with it? Let’s chat!