Spring is about to spring, and the off season approaches. Soon the birds and bees will buzz, and with some pleasurable downtime on the horizon, it is helpful to remember the more magical properties of wine. Recent studies have shown us that various molecules and compounds in red wine offer a wide range of healing qualities, for the body, mind and soul. More to the point, red wine is a healing tonic for male sexual longevity, while increasing sexual activity in females, and offers insight into subtle aspects of male and female gender identification. And, as if we didn’t know, red wine — throughout the ages — has been veritably linked to the spirit and art of eroticism.
In the wake of ever-rising cancer rates among the male population, especially surrounding the prostate gland, it has been shown through studies that reservatrol — the highly anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous compound found in red wine skins — helps alleviate the disease. A study done at the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2007 found that mice given reservatrol powder saw an 87 percent decrease in cancer altogether, while in those mice with tumors, 47 percent had a slowing or stoppage of cancerous tumors. Because impotence is an inevitable effect of prostate cancer in males, red wine can be thought of as a savior of man’s sexuality.
While red wine is thought to preserve male sexual longevity, it is believed that it also increases overall female sexual activity. A 2008 study conducted by the University of Florence in Italy at the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital using the results of 798 females between the ages of 18 and 50 found that those who drank one to two glasses of red wine per day had a significantly higher female sexual function index (FSFI), indicating a higher total for desire and lubrication. In addition, red wine helps lower inhibitions, and much like chocolate, stimulates the female libido. Thus, it is said that women who drank wine daily were ultimately more sexually active than those who abstained.
And when it comes to gender and sexual identity, one Italian wine maker believes that wine choices offer valuable insight. Franco D’Eusiano, who operates an organic winery in southern Italy’s Abruzzo region, produces three wines dedicated to uncovering truth about each of our individual sexual gender makeup. He makes a red wine called Is, that is decidedly masculine; a white wine named Ea which is obviously feminine; while for the ambiguous or the uncertain he offers a rosé entitled Id (wow, no uncertainty here, I love my rosé). D’Eusiano included a short psychology test and questionnaire with each bottle, and he hopes to allow people to “look within themselves and discover their true sexual identity.” He is convinced that everyone is not purely male or female. He is on a quest to match the right tastes to each individual personality. His wines and his study results were on display at last year’s VinItaly show, Italy’s most important yearly trade fair.
And if all that weren’t enough to get you going, a few years ago, a New York company began holding wine tastings at adult toy stores, gleefully marketing the link between wine and sexuality. The gatherings were enthusiastically attended. A company spokesperson said it is true, “that with wine and sexuality, people love to indulge in both, and often don’t have a clue about either, but like to appear that they do.”
This is a learning experience made fun (and kinky), where each participant gets a goody bag full of wine and sexual paraphernalia, like wine keys and vibrators. The participants mingle around bottles of Seduction cabernet sauvignon or Foreplay chardonnay and recite titillating tasting notes like “everything is better with a little foreplay.”
As I sit back and indulge in the spicy, woody and earthy flavors in a lunchtime glass of Hexamer rosé of pinot noir from Nahe, Germany, I couldn’t agree more. It’s spring, get out there and get it on. Cheers! Remember, wine reveals truth.
Drew Stofflet lives in Carbondale. Correspond with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.