My Italian heritage and zest for passion and romance create the perfect storm to write about my love of red wine and all the benefits.
Why Choose Red Wine?
Red wine is sultry, smooth on the palate, captivating to the senses, and just plain delicious. From the curvy glass, the delicious aroma, and the alluring color, red wine is the ultimate date beverage to lighten and enhance a romantic setting and mood.
Red Wine Is Downright Sexy
Everywhere you look, from swanky hot spots to steamy romance flicks, red wine is the popular date beverage of choice. First off and simply put, it's red, and who isn't attracted to that color? Red is used in bullfighting for a reason, right?
My favorite attributes of red wine are:
- It's not too strong.
- It's not too dry.
- It has the slightest touch of sweetness.
I love the rich color, texture, and aroma and how there are so many varieties to choose from. For me, it decreases anxiety, helps me relax, let go of inhibitions, and feel more confident with a date or in a crowd.
Red wine is a "full-bodied" drink—that even sounds sexy—which describes its weight and texture. Reds have a rich, lingering flavor and aroma, and it doesn't hurt that it represents the "color of love" to easily put you in the mood.
Being relaxed and happy with yourself is sexy and red wine does just that. It relaxes facial muscles, dilates pupils, and flushes the face, as if blushing—and how attractive is a little blushing?
Why does this happen? It's quite simple. Research suggests the compounds in red wine increase blood flow in the body, which then enhances levels of sexual desire in both men and women. So, what are these compounds and how does science believe they work? Keep reading to find out!
Red Wine May Be Good for Your Health
Don't run away because I shifted to healthy talk. Healthy wine benefits and sexy wine benefits go hand-in-hand. I think we can agree that good health is sexy in its own right, so it makes sense we also understand how red wine brings the two together.
In centuries past, wine was used to treat various health conditions. In recent years, science has indicated this practice could be true for prevention when moderately consumed (one drink for women and two for men).
Resveratrol is the key player in red wine that's said to contribute to the many health and sexual benefits. Resveratrol is a substance in certain plants that fights off bacteria, fungi, and other microbial attackers, and helps the plant withstand drought or lack of nutrients. Resveratrol is found in red and purple grapes, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, lingonberries, peanuts, and pistachios.
By reducing the stickiness of blood platelets, Resveratrol is said to help keep blood vessels open and flexible, thus promoting improved blood supply to the brain and other organs.
According to Medical News Today, and 1992 studies from Cornell University, evidence suggests moderate consumption of red wine can/may:
- Help attack "free radicals" in the body (unpaired electrons that look for other unpaired electrons in the body, causing cell, protein, and DNA damage, which = illness).
- Help people live longer by protecting against certain cancers and improving mental and cardiac health.
- Raise levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in the blood, which are believed to protect against heart disease (hint: why red wine tannins do not pair well with fish—that are high in Omega-3s—causing a metallic taste in the mouth).
- Help prevent vision loss such as Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, the leading causes of blindness in Americans over 50.
- Reduce the size of bowel tumors to prevent colon cancer.
- Lower breast cancer risk by decreasing estrogen and raising testosterone in women due to aromatase inhibitors present in red wine.
- Decrease prostate cancer risk in men who drink one glass a week (six percent less likely to develop).
- Lower the risk of dementia among regular, moderate red wine drinkers.
- Help prevent dental cavities by getting rid of bacteria on the teeth.
It's important to stress, however, that you should always check with your doctor to discuss your physical and mental well-being before starting regular red wine consumption.
Are you not an alcohol drinker for one reason or another? Never fear. You can get many of the same red wine health benefits from nonalcoholic wines, too!
What is your favorite red wine?
Why Red Wine Is a Potent Aphrodisiac
Now the good stuff I promised. An aphrodisiac is a food or drug that arouses sexual instinct and brings on or increases sexual desire, pleasure, or performance.
The better the wine, the better the aphrodisiac affect. This has nothing to do with price, but rather how the wine is treated and cured before bottled. Expensive wines are more natural—the fruit is less diluted—leaving more of the antioxidants we need.
Theobromine in wine also has aphrodisiac properties as it is a heart stimulant, which is why it routinely races when you have a glass of wine, allowing intimacy to take over.
Alcohol, in small amounts, increases your libido and also makes you hungry. This is because ethanol stimulates a primitive part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This portion of the brain regulates basic human functions, including body temperature, hunger, hormone levels, behavior and, of course, the sex drive.
Olfactory or "smell" memories are some of the strongest and longest-lasting memories we have. You’ve probably experienced memories of certain aromas that bring back specific memories from the past, right? Well, if you’ve had some wild nights in the past with a certain wine and/or certain someone, it’s possible you've conditioned yourself to become aroused with that wine’s aromas. To build these memories, start taking the time to really sniff the wines you're consuming. Plus, it will make you look like you know what you're doing!
In summary, alcohol, antioxidants, resveratrol, and theobromine, create a perfect storm for a romantic encounter and moderation is key. Remember, you only need a little bit of wine to achieve the desired effect.
Be sure to cast your vote on your favorite red wine type in the poll below to see which is preferred by my readers!
Red Wine Varieties
|Type of Red Wine||Key Notes||Best Food Pairing|
Bold, high in acidity, savory, elegant, and dry. The most planted variety of grape worldwide. Strong red fruit flavor, like cranberries and Bing cherries. Tannins hit the front palate and fade off
Red Meats (needs fat and salt to latch onto to decrease the dryness on the tongue)
Luscious and velvety on the tongue, fruity, soft, and drinkable, merlot yields a softer, smoother texture. Aromas and flavors can include raspberries, cherries and chocolate. Hits the mid-pallette
Versatile, but best for vegetable-based dishes or tomato-based pastas
Oak barrels give a smokey flavor. Malbec lies between the muscle of a cab and the fruity softness of merlot. Inexpensive to grow so easier on the wallet.
Sweet and spicy foods such as BBQ
Silky and fruity with a little more complexity than merlot -- falling just behind cabernet in terms of popularity. Lighter bodied and medium tanic
Fish, due to being low in tannins and unlikely to cause the Omega-3 metallic clash
Red Blend/Alternative Red
Trendy. Blends allow winemakers to make a "designer" wine from several different grapes combined. Neither sweet nor dry and affordable.
Grilled, BBQ, and "comfort" foods
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Questions & Answers
Question: Can you recommend a dry red wine?
Answer: A few of my favorites reds are Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 from Santa Maria Valley, California, and Cooper's Thief Red Blend aged in bourbon barrels. Those are my most expensive recommendations ($35-$45 for the Byron and $25 for the Cooper's Thief. The Prisoner, Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California is the best Cabernet in my opinion, but it'll cost about $50. For everyday reds on a budget, I prefer Sledgehammer, Prophecy, Mezzacorona Red (very hard to find, but my favorite), or 19 Crimes. I hope you find this helpful!
Question: I like port wine, how does it compare? Which is better for your health; red wine or white wine?
Answer: Port wine still carries the benefits of red (because it is red), but it Brandy is added, making the alcohol and sugar content higher, hence why it makes a good dessert wine. For that reason, it's not as heart-healthy as a plain red. Because of the resveratrol antioxidant in red wines, it is indeed healthier for your heart and blood than white wine, according to all of my research.
Question: Can you recommend vegan friendly red wines?
Answer: Actually, most red wines are vegan as long as they don't use animal derivatives in the filtering process. Coopers Hawks wines are my favorite line of vegan wines. To see a comprehensive list from PETA, please refer to this link: https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-wine/
Question: Alcohol is a carcinogen! It causes cancer, it does not prevent it. Why would you publish this?
Answer: While not consuming alcohol at all is the safest way to avoid carcinogens, excessive alcohol consumption of any sort is unsafe for your health. I also mention this in the article. I agree, "excessive" alcohol is never going to yield positive health results. My article does not promote excessive use, nor does it say it DOES prevent cancer. Notice, I referenced the following: "According to Medical News Today, and 1992 studies from Cornell University, evidence suggests moderate consumption of red wine can/may..."Always do your own research and draw your own conclusions as to what's best for you.
Question: How long can you keep an opened bottle of Cab or Merlot?
Answer: This is a great question and one I've experimented with quite a bit. It depends on the body of the wine--light, medium, or full-bodied. Light-bodied wines take one to three days to get flat while full-bodied wines take three to five days. Reds fall into the full-bodied category, so three to five days and stored in a cool, dark place with the cork or stopper on. When storing open bottles of red wine, the sweeter the wine, the longer it will last. Given my love for red wine, it's safe to say, a bottle of red doesn't last more than 4 days opened!
Question: What are the prices of red wine in India?
Answer: Hello! I'm not familiar with Indian currency nor have I yet been fortunate enough to visit India. I found this web blog helpful. I hope you do too! https://www.sweetsharing.com/red-wines-in-india-pr...
Question: Please recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon that does not have Sulfites?
Answer: It's almost impossible to find a Cabernet completely free from sulfites since they are a result of the fermentation process. That said, you can find wines that do not have "added" sulfites. Badger Mountain is one that comes to mind. It's organic with no added sulfites https://shop.badgermtnvineyard.com/xe/xe.asp?page=... Another than you can generally find at Whole Foods, is FitVine. It has fewer sulfites and less sugar too! https://www.fitvinewine.com/products/fitvine-wine-... I hope this helps!
Question: Is it true people from France are buying a lot of land to create goods wines?
Answer: That's a very interesting question, that I had to do some searching on. I did find this article that talks about the temperature and rainfall changes in Chile posting a threat to winemakers. It doesn't specifically say they are moving towards France, but that could be the case. Check this article out and see if it answers your question. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-s...
© 2019 Debra Roberts
Billie on May 13, 2020:
What a fun interesting article. I love all red wines. Different types in different seasons. They bring such depth to all occasions. Thank you
Luna S on January 31, 2020:
I am not normally a big wine fan but the way you wrote this makes me want to try out a glass of red wine, hahahah!
Thuy on January 31, 2020:
Yes! I love me a glass of red wine, particularly merlot. You had me at MERLOT :P
Lyanna Soria on January 31, 2020:
I didn't Red wine had that much health benefits but it's a good thing I do now. I'm definitely a wine person since I don't like the taste of beer.
Subhashish Roy on January 31, 2020:
Red Wine is definitely sexy to me too. I love to indulge once in a while. The health benefits is an added attraction in addition to the fact that I love the taste of a good wine.
LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia on January 31, 2020:
I love a good red wine every now and then and since moving to Italy, I have had the chance to try so many different wines from different regions. I'm in Calabria, so it's also a treat to try smaller local producers that I didn't know existed when I was in Canada. I knew red wine was good for you, but I didn't realize all the health benefits it had. I'm going to keep this in mind for tonight when I have a glass of red wine to close off the work week! :)
Lene Andersen on January 30, 2020:
I am traditionally more a white wine drinker — for a long time, red wine gave me migraines. However, as I have gotten older, this is less and less the case, so I am very interested in learning more about red wines. This was super useful as an orientation to red wine and I especially loved the chart explaining the characteristics of the different wines. I feel that will help me as I go looking for a good red to try.
Britt K on January 30, 2020:
I am a HUGE red wine lover, especially a good glass of merlot. I knew most of the benefits, but it's always great to learn something new! Just another excuse to allow myself to indulge from time to time, right? lol
Lyosha on January 30, 2020:
I don't drink wine at all (it has a lot to do with grapes) and hardly drink alcohol at all but I know a lot of people love and enjoy it.
Despite Pain on January 30, 2020:
I used to enjoy a glass of red wine when I was younger, but it caused migraines, so had to give it up.
Kelly on January 29, 2020:
I’m not a red wine drinker, even though I live in a vineyard area, but I know that so many people are passionate about their wine, especially red wine.
Emily on January 29, 2020:
I love red wine but don't know very much about it. Your chart is super helpful! And it is definitely the sexiest drink!
Scott DeNicola on January 29, 2020:
Being Italian I am embarrassed to say that I am not a wine drinker. I want to be one so bad and have tried so many different ones but I'm told I just haven't found the right one yet. The thought of sitting around with friends downing a few bottles of wine sounds perfect but it seems too sweet for me. The closest I've come is a couple of cabs that were ok for me. After reading this I'm going to give it another try. If for nothing else than the aphrodisiac effect!
Dreams Abroad on January 29, 2020:
Red wine has so many benefits, health and wealth. A very nice blog post about wine. Cabernet sauvignon is my favorite.
Kristan Braziel on August 12, 2019:
I do love a good cabernet sauvignon, but I'm even more in love with it, now that i know it helps lower the risk of dementia. Pour me a glass!
Alexandra on August 12, 2019:
Well, I don't' drink but when you were describing how it makes you feel I was ready to go buy some, lol. However, when I got to the part where it makes you hungry, that desire went out the door. It's better that way, anyway.
Snehal on August 12, 2019:
Ok...from a long time i wanted to try red wine. Mostly from watching it in game of thrones
Tracy @ Cleland Clan on August 11, 2019:
As if I needed more reasons to drink red wine! Thanks, Deb, for letting me know that Merlot has so many great qualities and that it's good for your health!
Kaye on August 11, 2019:
Yes!! More red wine promotion!!! I had no idea it increased Omega-3s! I learned recently that healthfully-raised meats have high Omega 3s too. Guess it'a time for red wine and grass-fed steak dinner night!!! Get my health on!
Lyosha on August 11, 2019:
I know a lot people like it and enjoy it and there are definitely benefits to drinking red wine for many people. I can't really share it because I am intolerant to grapes in any form.
Quin Cl on August 11, 2019:
I love wine especially red wine, and I have also heard before a glass of wine every day is really healthy.
Erica (The Prepping Wife) on August 10, 2019:
As if I needed more reasons to drink red wine! Lol. I'm a big fan of red wine, and drink a couple glasses a week. It really is relaxing and I'm like you, it tastes delicious. Merlot is generally my go-to for red wine. My husband likes white better. I try not to judge him for this palate-flaw.