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. With the curvy glass, delightful aroma, and 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 favored date beverage of choice. First off, and simply put, it's red, and who isn't attracted to that color? Bullfighters use the color red 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 from which to choose. 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, describing 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 put you in the mood quickly.
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 cute is a little blushing?
Why does this happen? It's pretty 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
Please don't run away because I shifted to healthy talk. 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. Healthy wine benefits and sexy wine benefits go hand-in-hand.
In centuries past, people used wine to treat various health conditions. In recent years, science has indicated this practice could be authentic for prevention when moderately consumed (one drink for women and two for men).
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 the crucial player in red wine that contributes to the many health and sexual benefits. You can find resveratrol in red and purple grapes, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, lingonberries, peanuts, and pistachios.
Experts say resveratrol helps keep blood vessels open and flexible, thus promoting improved blood supply to the brain and other organs by reducing the stickiness of blood platelets.
According to Medical News Today and 1992 studies from Cornell University, evidence suggests moderate consumption of red wine can/may:
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- 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 may 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.
- Aromatase inhibitors in red wine may lower breast cancer risk by decreasing estrogen and raising testosterone in women.
- 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.
However, it's important to stress 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 Considered 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.
Expensive wines are more natural—the fruit is less diluted—leaving the needed antioxidants in place. The better the wine (not necessarily a higher cost), the better the aphrodisiac effect. The effect hinges on the treatment and curing of the wine before bottling.
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 makes you hungry. The rationale is that ethanol stimulates a primitive part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This portion of the brain regulates essential 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 particular wine and/or certain someone, you may have conditioned yourself to become aroused with that wine's aromas. To build these memories, start taking the time to 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 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...
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