The wines themselves are proprietary blends of some of the finest red wine varietals – predominately Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – grown in Napa Valley. The 2002 vintage is available in luxuriously boxed and individually numbered magnums or in Premiere Collectors’ sets of 750ml, magnum, and double magnum bottles offered in wooden presentation cases. Each label of Velvet Collection wine is covered with a protective vinyl overlay that, when removed, reveals the complete, original portrait. The Velvet Collection wines are as sumptuous, inviting, and rare as the images of Marilyn Monroe that grace their labels, and are sure to find favor with connoisseurs and collectors alike.
A chance meeting in Hollywood between photographer Tom Kelley and an aspiring but unknown actress led to a two-hour photo session on May 27, 1949 that made history and established Marilyn Monroe as the ultimate sex symbol of the 20th century. The ten stunningly beautiful photographs from the historic session became known as the “Red Velvet” series, each one a portrait of Marilyn Monroe posing on a red velvet drape. The first of these was immortalized as the centerfold of the inaugural edition of Playboy in 1953. The remaining portraits are the basis of Velvet Collection labels created by designer Susann Ortega.