A New York company is enthusiastically exploiting the links between wine and sex – starting with a tasting at an adult toy store.
At Babeland – which is owned exclusively by women – some 60 libidinous oenophiles sipped wines with names like Seduction Cabernet and Foreplay Chardonnay, listening to erotic poetry and bid for a goodie bag filled with wine paraphernalia, as well as vibrators and other adult toys.
‘Wine and sexuality have one thing in common: people indulge in both, often don’t have a clue what it’s about, but like to appear as though they do,’ said Hollye Chanelle, event manager for Perfect Palate, the company which hosted the Erotic Wine Tasting Soiree last week. ‘It is a learning experience.’
Even the tasting notes struck an educational note. ‘It’s important to first titillate the senses with a little Foreplay – for your palate, that is,’ the note accompanying the Chardonnay said.
Guests were ‘a cornucopia of people ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, culture and wine experience, from novice to experienced connoisseur,’ Chanelle told decanter.com.
‘The novice feels welcomed by the trendy atmosphere and the down-to-earth demeanour of our Sexy Sommeliers,’ she went on, ‘and seasoned oenophiles are intrigued by the unique angles by which we analyse, decipher and present our wines.’
As well as its standard sex-education sessions, Babeland runs other wine events, including ‘bachelorette’ wine tasting parties, and a ladies-only ‘kinky wine tasting party,’ where participants ‘learn how to perform a striptease, lap dance, and walk with a new sexy strut like the pros from the pros,’ while enjoying a selection of red, white and sparkling wines.
Written by Panos Kakaviatos