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Wine Makes Women Want More Sex? March 31, 2009

Posted by Alex Sawit in About Wine.

By Alex Sawit

31 March 2009


As if we really needed convincing to begin with about the link between wine and the amorous activities that often result after men and women partake of this liquid indulgence.

“Red Wine Increases the Female Sex Drive,” declares the headline in Decanter Magazine’s list of online news articles. The report (24 March 2009, decanter.com) reads as follows:

“Red wine increases the female libido, research has found.

“According to a study carried out by the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence, drinking one to two glasses of red wine a day increases female sexual desire.

“The study investigated 789 Italian women aged between 18 and 50.

“Drinking red wine not only helps to release inhibitions, but also has a direct effect on sexual activity.

“Women who drink one to two glasses of wine a day were found to be more sexually active than those who abstain.

“Dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants, has a similarly positive effect on the female libido,” concluded the news article, implying that both red wine and chocolate have aphrodisiacal properties due to the compounds common to both substances (consider that Merlot is a red wine varietal often cited by wine tasters for it’s chocolate-like flavor characteristics).

Wow. I guess this means the ladies at the shop aren’t just being extra friendly after some Pinot Noir – as if we ever needed much convincing about this to begin with.


POSTSCRIPT: As entertained as I am about the findings of the Italian researchers, critical thinking obligates me to remain skeptical about their conclusion. The real question is: Does red wine make Italian women more sexually aggressive, or is it simply the case that sexually aggressive Italian women have a preference for red wine? Bada-bing, bada-boom!





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