Valentine’s Day really is one of those take it or leave it Hallmark holidays. Some people go all out to demonstrate their love for their significant other. Others choose to forego the holiday all together claiming they don’t need a specific day to celebrate love. While the ladies tend to lean into Galentine’s Day as an excuse to get together with the girls. I personally will take advantage of any occasion to celebrate, love or otherwise. Especially if said occasion means an excuse to pop open a bottle of something special. Plus, Valentine’s Day is also an opportunity for a happy ending if ya know what I’m saying! So, here are the best wines for Valentine’s Day if you (like me) are looking to turn up the heat.
Get Your Blood Pumping
Here’s a fun fact for all you men out there. Studies have shown that men who drink two glasses of red wine each day also have higher testosterone than those who do not consume the beverage. Flavonoids, which are also known for their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits, are thought to be the culprit here. Specifically, the plant flavonoid quercetin in red wine also blocks the UGT2B17 enzyme in the body, which is responsible for flushing out testosterone. The more you know!
Ladies are Lucky, Too!
Red wine is also beneficial for women in the bedroom. You’ve probably noticed how it gets the blood flowing and that includes sending blood to those erogenous zones. Get ready to turn up the intensity on sensitivity and arousal.
But remember, all of these love inducing benefits are possible with moderation. Generally, that’s two glasses of the good stuff for men and one glass for women.
Best Wine for a Sexy Valentine’s Day
So, what is the best wine for Valentine’s Day to ensure cupid’s arrow strikes?
Cannonau is an ideal selection for a Valentine’s Day wine that’s sure to hit the mark. This Sardinian wine is known to have 2-3 times higher levels of flavonoids than most red wines! It’s the secret to why Sardinians live so long….and apparently also one of the reasons their families are so big ;).
If you can’t get your hands on a bottle of Cannonau, then these varieties also have elevated flavonoids. Skip the Champagne and try these varieties if you’re in search of the best wine for Valentine’s Day:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
- Petite Sirah
What to Cook on Valentine’s Day
A homemade pasta recipe is one of the most romantic meals to serve for V-Day. I don’t know if I was influenced by Lady and the Tramp’s iconic spaghetti scene or the fact that I married an Italian, but a flavorful pasta is the way to my heart! Actually, Marco made me cacio e pepe the first time he came over to my house for a date night. I was immediately hooked!
Anyways, if you don’t overeat, pasta is a meal that’s not too heavy so you can enjoy all these sexy red wine benefits after. And if you cook it together while enjoying some wine, what a fun Valentine’s Day date night!
Here are three delectable pasta recipes sure to please:
Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta (it will be hard not to have seconds!)
My Homemade Lasagna that my Italian family loves.
Need a Gift for Your Wine Loving Honey?
Skip the roses and give her/him…A Dozen Roses 12 Unique Rose Wines, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Or get the best of both worlds with a wine and chocolate pairing set!Wine + Chocolate Gift 5-Pack Perfect for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re staying in to celebrate, check out these 10 Valentine’s Day Wine Pairings for Romantic Comedies.