Wine pairs beautifully with so many of these classic legendary love foods. Aphrodisiacs are about slowing down, relaxing and using all your senses. Wine works with natural food aphrodisiacs by relaxing you, slowing you down and making use of your senses. Like all good things don’t over do it with the natural food aphrodisiacs or the wine.
Wine Pairings for Some Favorite Legendary Natural Food Aphrodisiacs
ASPARAGUS as a Food Aphrodisiacs
As legend has it asparagus is thought to give a boost to your love life because of its phallic shape. It is also packed with potassium, phosphorous, calcium and vitamin E which just might help and give you extra energy for the love-making.
Pair with a nicely chilled Pinot Grigio or Chenin Blanc. The slightly sweet wine is the perfect choice to create flavor sparks with the fresh taste of the asparagus as a natural food aphrodisiacs.
AVOCADOS as a Food Aphrodisiacs
The creamy, sensual nature of the flesh of an avocado is believed to resemble parts of both the male and female anatomy. I will let you work that out in your mind.
Pairing: The crisp, grapefruity Sauvignon Blanc grape becomes rich and creamy when blended with the Semillon grape and barrel-fermented. You can find this style in wines labeled Fumé Blanc. It is the perfect accompaniment to the succulent fleshiness and slightly buttery-vegetal flavor of avocados as food aphrodisiacs.
BASIL as a Food Aphrodisiacs
Highly regarded in many cultures around the world, basil is considered the royal herb of the Greeks, and a sacred herb in India. As an food aphrodisiac, the alluring power has long been used to keep wandering eyes focused homeward. Legend even reports that ancient wives with straying husbands would powder their breasts with finely crushed basil to entice them back home.
Pair with: The aromatics of basil in the form of pesto sauce pair with the woody scent of Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Go for a big, bold Cabernet. Look for one you that has rich slightly soft tannins that are like a velvet robe on your tongue.
CHILES as a Food Aphrodisiacs
Long believed to have a complete arsenal of food aphrodisiacs power, they say eating chile peppers gets the blood rushing, the heart pumping, the face flushing and the pores sweating. Very familiar to what one can experience from even the first passionate kiss.
Perfect pairing with its bouquet of floral scents is a Riesling. The Rieslings with a touch of sweetness is perfect for the hot spice of the pepper. The sweetness acts like a coolant for the spicy heat of the chile pepper on your tongue.
CHOCOLATE as a Food Aphrodisiacs
Legend says chocolate was considered “nourishment of the Gods” and the Aztec ruler, Montezuma, reportedly drank fifty cups of chocolate each day to better serve his harem of 600 women. Some say it was part of Casanova’s diet of love foods or food aphrodisiacs. Today scientist know that chocolate also contains PEA (phenylethylamine), the same naturally occurring amphetamine that rushes through the veins of someone experiencing the situation known as love.
Pairing it with a rich Merlot from California is my choice. The dryness and sweetness work together to give velvetly flavor. But bittersweet chocolates with a high percentage of cacao (60-70%) create amazing flavor fireworks when paired with a huge array of sweet wines. Other top picks are the toffee-caramel-burnt orange-flavored Madeira from Portugal; the heady, licorice-scented Italian Amarone; and nutty-rich flavor of a tawny Port..
HONEY as a Food Aphrodisiacs
A food aphrodisiacs extraordinaire as far back as the 5th century B.C.. Hippocrates prescribed honey for sexual vigor. Wedding traditions in some cultures include the offering of honey to a bridegroom on his first night. The term “honeymoon” stems from an ancient tradition of couples going into seclusion and drinking a honey concoction (mead) until the first new moon of their marriage.
A Lovers Pairing would find a brunch of honey-drizzled hotcakes irresistible with Italian or California bubblies from the Moscato grape. They are typically just a slightly bubbled and very light in alcohol (around 8%), making them perfect for a romantic wake-up-together brunch.
OYSTERS as a Food Aphrodisiacs
Perhaps the most famous food aphrodisiacs of all, oysters were documented as an aphrodisiac food by the Romans in the second century A.D. Legend has it the lover Casanova ate fifty raw oysters every morning with his lady du jour. In reality, oysters are high in protein and loaded with zinc, which is known to increase the sexual health of both men and women.
Pair with Champagne or sparkling wine. The bubbles create a sexy flavor counterpoint to the sea-brininess of oysters. The fine elegant “bead” of bubbles streaming up in the glass (use a flute) is a like a string of pearls for your loved one. Now that is a pair of potent aphrodisiacs.
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