Just ask Burke Owens, who teaches a course called Wine as Aphrodisiac at the COPIA center for wine, food and the arts in Napa, California.
He often points people to fortified Ports with a rich, creamy, slightly unctuous, almost sexy character, and passion-inducing Pinot Noirs, which have intoxicating aromas and that grrr kind of quality.
Of course, tongue-tingling champagnes and sparkling wines can be hot, but Owens says the old tradition of opening the bottle with a saber can be even hotter.
He admits slicing off the neck of the bottle with a blade is very dramatic and over the top, and the frothy champagne bursting out of the bottle can be quite suggestive.
That being said, he notes it might not be a good idea to perform the act on a first date.
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