Top five wines to pair with Barry White

The lights are low, the heating is on (Rule #1 in the Alan Partridge book of seduction techniques, that one), and the first rumbling syllables of the great walrus of love are filling the air. “Come on, baby, don’t get hung up on anything tonight. Tonight, baby, I’m gonna be your everything…”

There is one thing missing from this intensely clichéd scene of seduction though: wine.

Ridiculous Valentines Day-related themes aside, there is a growing column of evidence of a special sensory inter-relationship between music and wine.

Professor Charles Spence of the Oxford University Crossmodal Research Laboratory and ‘philosopher of taste’ Professor Barry Smith have conducted plenty of demonstrations to prove this point. Put simply, pairing certain wines with certain types of music – a rich-full-bodied red with Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, for example – enhances the pleasure associated with both. And vice versa.

Which brings us back to the walrus. What might be the perfect, most deeply delicious and aphrodisiacal wine one could pair with the sweet, loin-trembling tones of ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby‘?

In the pages that follow, we present 10 that might do the trick.

Happy love-making.

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