Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Which Wines Will Get You In The Mood For Love?

NAPA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You may plan on serving your honey some wine today (Feb. 14), but did you know that some vinos serve as aphrodisiacs?

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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