February 07 • romance
The Casanova Studies; Is Wine the Best drink for Sex?
It may be no surprise that many people use wine as an aphrodisiac. A rich wine is very pleasing to the senses, and most people automatically associate wine with a romantic evening.
But is there science behind this or is it just our belief? Could wine actually be good for sexual encounters?
The answer is a resounding yes. A couple glasses of wine is typically enough to kick your social inhibitions, and it may make for a more comfortable sexual experience as well. A couple glasses of red wine makes the body more loose and relaxed, which may translate well to sexual encounters.
However, be sure it is just a couple of glasses. Any more than that and you will probably notice a drop in your sexual performance as the room starts to spin.
The reasoning behind why wine is good for sex lies in how it interacts with the body.
The alcohol in wine helps dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow throughout the body. This increased blood flow can translate to a spike in sexual desire and performance as erogenous areas become stimulated.
Again, moderation is key. Too much wine may lead to a sleepy partner. Additionally, increasing the blood flow too much may lead to an inability to keep an erection – which isn’t helping anyone have a good night.
Wine, and red wine in particular, is a potent source of antioxidants. While it may not seem like this translates to a better sex life, it does so indirectly. Red wine and its antioxidants may have a number of helpful uses in the body, such as:
While all these effects work on other areas of the body – a healthy, happy body may be more ready and willing for a romantic evening.
The compounds in wine may also increase sexual desire beyond the effects of alcohol itself. A 2009 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who drank moderate amounts of red wine reported more sexual desire and better sexual functioning than other groups.
Importantly, these results were not as clear in women who drank other types of alcohol.
Red wine may be the most romantic drink money can buy.
A separate study from the Nutrition Journal found that red wine may actually be a key for circulating testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for many functions in the body, one of them being an increase in sexual desire.
Compared to alcohol itself, red wine appears to significantly increased the amount of circulating testosterone in the blood. This could lead to a stronger sex drive.
Again, researchers noted the key was moderation. In fact, any more than two glasses of wine and you run the risk of actually losing testosterone and therefore sexual drive.
Go for it! Now more than ever, we understand why we picture a glass of red wine alongside a romantic evening – red wine is the perfect drink for sexual encounters.
The huge asterisk here though is moderation. Most of these studies say that anything past 2 glasses and you probably won’t notice the effects. In fact, the opposite will occur.
So drink up! A glass or two of red wine with dinner may make for a perfect romantic evening – just don’t forget to put out the candles before bed.
July 25 • Music
Jim Morrison and The Doors remain one of the most enduring enigmas of American Rock N’ Roll. The band that met in film school and called the streets of Venice their home, opened “the doors” to a psychedelic Rock N’ Roll discography that has planted and blossomed millions of fans around the world. And yet, there is still so much that has been overlooked, especially for what the city of Los Angeles meant for Jim Morrison.
July 15 • shots
It’s always a race against the heat in the West. Hell, there’s a score of difference races around here. There’s a race to the riches and a race to the hills where the riches lay. There’s a race to food and shelter and the means in which a man might make to get them. There’s a race to the women and to the brothels and saloons where you can find them at. I don’t look for my women in those places but I often find myself in them for other races. Mine is a race to whiskey. It’s only a matter of time before I find myself in one today.
March 01 • Distillers
France’s contributions to the world involve gourmet food, beverages, wine, the revolution, and the Eiffel Tower, to name some. Beverages like Cognac, Armagnac, and Champagne are famous the world over.
August 12 • Coffee Producers
The Stumptown coffee buyers are called the Green Team members. These people sit down around a
campfire or in the home of a producer and talk about the year’s crop. They have met with these
producers many times because they have slowly been working on building long-lasting relationships.