Kiwi drop inspires steamy' writer

23:30, Jul 15 2012
E James
Author of Fifty Shades of Grey, EL James

The author of erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, claims she is an ardent lover of Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc from Marlborough.

Erika Leonard, better known as E L James, described to more than 70,000 social media followers on her Twitter bio that running out of the wine was akin to "heart failure".

The elusive British writer has sold 20 million copies of the book that has come to be known as "mummy porn".

Delegat's Group is the family company that produces Oyster Bay, New Zealand's biggest-exporting wine.

It is reported that James is likely to have enjoyed glasses of the sauvignon blanc while writing the book, which is said to have made her more than US$1 million (NZ$1.25m) a week in royalties.

James sold the film rights for the book to Universal/Focus Films for US$5m last month.

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson is tipped to play the lead.


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