A wine valentine to make Valentine’s Day memorable
I once was assigned to write a piece for The Daily Meal on the best valentine wine entitled “10 Perfect Wines for Valentine’s Day or any Romantic Occasion“. I selected the wines for the article based on the research of the late Dr. Max Lake, whose research demonstrated that the scents of certain wines could spark romance.
I’ve written on Dr. Lake before. As an aphrodisiac foods authority, he was one of my mentors. Dr. Lake found that the scents of certain wines can replicate those of human pheromones and trigger attraction. In other words, just a whiff of wine could potentially be a turn on.
As I explained it in the Daily Meal Valentine wines story, choose correctly and your wine can serve as a form of foreplay.
How to pick a romantic wine
So what kind of wine do you want to serve if your goal is seduction?
When your goal is to find a romantic wine to trigger attraction, Dr. Lake recommended looking for whites with feral and sweaty notes as well as earthy characteristics like petrol and minerality as well as citrus and white flower. In reds you also want to look for earthy notes like truffle, tobacco and cedar as well as leather and violets.
My recommendations for sexy wines
You can discover the wines I recommended for these characteristics at http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/10-perfect-wines-valentine-s-day-or-any-romantic-occasion. The article is a few years old, so you will have to look for the current vintages. But since all of the wines on the list tend to be sexy wines year after year, they should still offer the kinds of appeal you’re looking for.
Other ways to choose a good wine for Valentine’s Day
There are, of course, other ways to choose your romantic wine for Valentine’s Day. You can go with something that spells love on the label. Winemaking is a romantic pursuit. That’s probably why there are so many well-made wines with names or imagery with messages of love.
But of course, you can’t judge a wine by the cover. What’s in the bottle has to be just as good as the message on the label. But don’t worry, there are plenty of high quality, romantic sounding wines out there for you to choose from. I’ve listed some of my favorites below.
Now, I’m off to plan my Valentine’s day dinner!
Some of my favorite romantic wines for Valentine’s Day
- Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee Sparkling Wine (California)
- Amour de Deutz Rosé Champagne (France)
- Naked Winery Tease Riesling (Oregon)
- Loveblock Pinot Noir (New Zealand)
- Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses” (France)
- Blackbird Vineyards Paramour (California)
Have a very memorable Valentine’s Day, or whatever romantic occasion you’re celebrating with this wine of love.
This article was originally published in 2016. The most recent update was February 4, 2021.
Pink wine photo by Luke Southern
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