Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7 Sexy Wines for Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. It's a day when many people’s thoughts turn to love, romance and, well let’s face it – sex. And we all know that sex sells, even in the wine business. Especially in the wine business.

If you’re searching for a seductive name or label to get your message across this Valentine’s Day, here are 7 lavish wines with plenty of sex appeal.

1) Slow Dancer Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Crafted in Napa Valley, this Cabernet has a velvety texture with the arresting aromas of raspberries and caramel, and the sensuous flavors of berry, current and plum. Winner of a gold medal at the 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition, this Cab can put the moves on a steak dinner. Afterwards, pour another glass of Slow Dancer and cue up some Marvin Gaye; maybe Let’s Get It On while you step out on the floor for another slow dance … Average price $14 a bottle.

2) Foreplay Chardonnay 2013
Naked Winery is known for wines with naughty names but delightful taste. Foreplay is no different. This crisp Chardonnay has been lightly oaked to enhance the teasing flavors of green apples and ripe pears before delivering a luscious experience with a silky finish. Sells for around $20 a bottle. After Foreplay, you might also consider some other Naked Winery wines like Missionary, Smitten Kitten, Vixen or Penetration. Oh! Orgasmic wines are an option, too.

3) Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2012

From Central Coast California, this wine won a gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition last year. With the aroma of cloves and berries, this Pinot offers a tease of pomegranates with a kick of acidity. Although the Cycles Gladiator Winery and brand was sold off to another company last year, you may still be able to find this jewel on store shelves. It’s a tasty romp for an average price of $11 a bottle.

4) Luscious Lips Red Wine Blend 2012
Sweet and seductive, this red blend promises the depth of a kiss. Crafted by Falkner Winery in Temecula California, there is also a sweet White Luscious Lips version along with a mulled wine known as Hot Lips, and a Risqué Riesling that’s more in line with a semi-dry wine. Grab a glass and judge the pucker-factor for yourself. Sells for around $15 a bottle.

5) Quickie! Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Some Young Punks is crafting small estate vinos in Australia with some racy wine names: Naked on Roller Skates, Passion has Red Lips, Double Love Trouble, Lust Collides – you get the picture. In fact, the label is like something off the cover of a pulp fiction serial from the 1950’s. Quickie! is a spirited vino, aged in stainless steel for 6 months to provide that fresh yet flirty Sav Blanc flavor of minerality and citrus with a floral aroma. This one might leave you wanting more.

6) Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel 2012
A Zinfandel crafted from old-vine Lodi Zinfandel grapes: perfect! This vino offers up the aromas of raspberry, cherry and spice before arousing the palate with lush fruit and sultry spice flavors. Zin-Phomanic has scored two silver medals, one at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition and the other at the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Let this full-bodied vino awaken your obsession with Zin.

7) Pro•mis•Q•ous White Wine Blend
A casual white table wine that has a “wanton disregard for convention.” Crafted from an assortment of California grapes including Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Gewurztraminer, this crisp white blend has been aged in stainless steel to bring out the bright flavors of lush melon, pear and citrus. Serve with oysters or caviar for a romantic tete-a-tete, or enjoy with omelets the morning after … it’s a decent bang for your buck at $12 a bottle.

They say that wine is one of the best aphrodisiac drinks around, so consider this the perfect the time to do some hands-on research this weekend. Grab your sweetie and enjoy one of these decadent wines for Valentine’s. You never know what might develop …

~ Joy