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November 9, 2009

A Taste of Wine

Filed under: Food & Drink,LifeStyle — Rafael Minuesa @ 3:24 AM
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This is one of a series of articles I posted for Guy.com.
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Wine Women and Song

Martin Luther, the German theologian, Augustinian monk, and ecclesiastical reformer whose teachings inspired the Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines and culture of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions, whose hymns inspired the development of singing in churches and whose marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, once wrote that:

”Who loves not woman, wine, and song remains a fool his whole life long.”

Throughout history he hasn’t been alone praising that glorious combination. Cultures like the Bengali/Hindi/Sanskrit sung “Sur, Sura, Sundari” (music, wine and woman), Danish would chant “Vin, kvinder og sang” (wine, women and song), the Germans call it “Wein, Weib und Gesang” (wine, woman and singing), the Italians will gladly exchange the music for a cigarette “Bacco, tabacco e Venere”, whereas in Catholic Spain, the popular saying will warn you of “Naipes, Mujeres y Vino, Mal Camino” (Playing cards, Women and Wine, bad ways).

But no matter how you rephrase it, the common denominators are always wine and women. Also, for some reason most likely related to aesthetics and/or fitness concerns, wine seems to be more of a ladies’ drink as opposed to beer for men.

Whatever the reason, wine is about the only alcoholic drink that is acceptable for any woman to drink in public, Because wine has class, whether it deserves it or not, and it will provide you as a man, with the perfect excuse to make her feel a little more happy and open toward your advances.

Women love flowers and gifts any time, and some candlelight, wine and roses will always go a long way. Wine is also a perfect theme of conversation on a dinner date. You’ll win quite a few valuable points just by asking her what kind of wine she likes, There’s really nothing more romantic than starting up a dinner by asking a woman what she wants and what she’s into. Unless she is a real connoisseur, she will let herself be guided by your “experienced” taste. Prepare in advance by rehearsing the scene with the sommelier, spice it all up with a “recollection” of your travels to wineries in France or Italy and to her eyes you’ll be transformed into an adventurous and experienced worldly man who really knows his way into the sweetest taboos, wink, wink …

There are a few basic information facts that you should be armed with to gain the confidence you need to choose a great wine that will impress her, such as wine being generally categorized into Red, White and Rose.

Glass of Red Wine
Glass of White Wine

Three glasses of the three wine colors (from left to right), Red, White and Rosé.

Generally speaking, White wine is served chilled goes well with all kinds of seafood, chicken, turkey, and light meats.

Red wines go well with red meats such as beef, lamb, veal, sausages and pasta and are generally served at room temperature, although for those that are already highly aromatic, like Chinon and Beaujolais, many people prefer them chilled.

And Rosé is generally reserved for desserts and sweets.

However, these rules are far from absolute and it entirely depends on individual preferences.

Another art you should try to master is that of wine tasting. Wine tasting is the sensory examination and evaluation of wine. The sweetness of wine is determined by the amount of residual sugar in the wine after fermentation, relative to the acidity present in the wine. Dry wine, for example, has only a small amount of residual sugar. Inexperienced wine drinkers often tend to mistake the taste of ripe fruit for sweetness when, in fact, the wine in question is very dry.

Port Wine

Individual flavors may also be detected, due to the complex mix of organic molecules such as esters and terpenes that grape juice and wine can contain. Tasters often can distinguish between flavors characteristic of a specific grape (e.g., Chianti and sour cherry) and flavors that result from other factors in wine making, either intentional or not. The most typical intentional flavor elements in wine are those that are imparted by aging in oak casks; chocolate, vanilla, or coffee almost always come from the oak and not the grape itself.

Wine Barrels

Wine, madam, is God’s next best gift to man.

Ambrose Bierce,

The Devil’s Dictionary.

November 2, 2009

Mate Retention Behavior

Filed under: Psychology,Society — Rafael Minuesa @ 3:31 AM
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This is one of a series of articles I posted for Guy.com.
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* http://dev.guy.com/2009/11/02/mate-retention-behavior/

Sometimes too much sex is a bad thing

Sometimes too much sex is a bad thing

According to a study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, men with very attractive partners typically have a lot more sex, or to be more correct, frequent in-pair copulations (IPC), as the scientists that conducted the study call it, than the average guy. But not for the reasons you might be thinking of.

The study, ”Female attractiveness mediates the relationship between in-pair copulation frequency and men’s mate retention behaviors” co-authored by Farnaz Kaighobadi and Todd K. Shackelforda from the Evolutionary Psychology Lab at Florida Atlantic University, is one of numerous studies that pursue several lines of research including sexual conflict, sperm competition, infidelity and sexual jealousy, mate retention, intimate partner violence and homicide, and mate preferences and mate selection. The focus on this research has been on men’s mate retention behavior.

As Kaighobadi explains:

”More attractive women are more likely to be pursued as mates by men other than their long-term partner and, therefore, to place their partner at greater risk of cuckoldry (investing unwittingly in a child to whom he is genetically unrelated).

Men partnered to more attractive women perform more mate retention behaviors – behaviors designed to thwart a woman’s infidelity. With greater risk of female infidelity, men may perform additional anti-cuckoldry tactics such as frequent in-pair copulations (IPC).”

The team secured self-reports from 277 hetero men in a long-term relationship and investigated several factors such as the relationship between female partner’s attractiveness and IPC frequency and the mediating role of female partner’s attractiveness on the relationship between IPC frequency and male mate retention behaviors. The results indicated that female attractiveness predicts IPC frequency and partially mediates the relationship between IPC frequency and male mate retention behaviors.

Guys reported having sex with their partners about 3.3 times a week. On a scale of 0 to 9, guys also rated their partner’s attractiveness to an average of 7.9. The researchers noted that with each point jump in attractiveness rating, the frequency of sex climbed by a revealing 40 percent.

So, according to the researchers, it’s all about “mate retention behavior”, an instinctual way of acting towards your sexual partner that traces back to Paleolithic times. All that sex is really about marking your territory and trying to keep her from leaving you to mate with another man.

In other words, the prettier she is, the more you’ll feel inclined to have sex with her, the reason being that you subconsciously are trying to keep her contented. Or at least that’s the interpretation from a group of in-doors scientists who, for example, when it comes to name ”sex-on-a-regular-basis”, they choose to label it as ”frequent in-pair copulations”. Isn’t that a clue that perhaps these scientists are out of touch with reality and might be missing the obvious?

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