I consider myself a wine enthusiast with a deep-rooted passion for wines from all over the world. Reds, whites, blends, and specialty wines. I love the deep and bold, the sparkling and spunky, the gentle and caressing, and even have a taste for those of unique origin.
Now, unfortunately, I am a woman of moderate means so I don’t have a glorious wine cellar to tell you about. However, on average I own about 75-100 bottles give or take at any one point and only about 25 of those do I rotate for indulgement purposes. The rest I have had a bottle of at some point and bought a spare or 2 to save for a special time in the future. After all, wine only gets better with age! If I fell in love with it 3,5 or even 10 years ago then I can only imagine how splendid it will be in another 10 or more.
Many people believe that wine is an acquired taste. I suppose that is true for some. I grew up on wine being Greek so I have always had a deep love and appreciation for it. I can’t imagine there not being a single wine variety out there that could not meet 99% of individuals liking.
Then one day I started to think about all the people I know who love wine. That person a few tables over who ordered a glass but has only sipped at it through her meal. Those who have several bottles available in a big group but I notice all the titles are of the same branding. Or the gentleman I see at the grocery store each week who always picks out the same California dry white. I began to wonder, “What do our choices in wine say about our unique personalities?”
I went out in search of the answer and learned quite a lot about all of us who enjoy the love of a great bottle of wine.
The Basics: Red vs White
Red wine fan? On average as a group of people red wine lovers tend to be more introverted, dog lovers, prefer going to bed earlier at night, enjoy soothing light music such as jazz, and often have traits of humility, organization, and even desires of an adventurous lifestyle.
In quite the contrary those that favor white wines are at baseline most opposite. They tend to be late night owls, extroverted personalities, cat lovers, listen to music with high rhythm and beats, and favor traits of curiosity, sarcasm, and perfectionistic tendencies.
Many studies have utilized the Meyer Briggs personality test and the Merril Reid personality test to help identify the commonalities between personality and wine. There was even a 2000 participant study done by the French who reviewed personalities and palates with wines.
For The Love of Red
To use the term red wine is a vast understatement. Over the years research has actually broken down some personality traits connected to certain types of specific red wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon is often thought of as “King of the Red,” and rightfully so as almost every nation around the world has its own unique diverse Cabernet. Overall it tends to be a touch more dry and richer than the other reds. Those that enjoy it with me are typically strong in their opinions and even considered to be stubborn while others see you as strong and dependable. You have much to be proud of as you are a self-made success. Quite like the Cabernet in my view.
A Merlot is like that delicate piece of chocolate you know is waiting on your pillow at a good 4-star hotel. You want it and if you enjoy it then you just can’t live without it in your life. Why be part of confrontations when you have wine mentality. A Merlot personality is content with wherever they are in the moment and they are not ones to overindulge. You are adaptable, go with the flow individual but you have a strong sense of self.
If you are intense and passionate then you most likely relate to the Malbec. You are a deep soul that is complex, emotional, and genuine. Some may even say mysterious. Often how many view the Malbec collections as they are dark and powerful and once you fall in love with them, they win you over forever.
Pinot Noir is 2 steps down from the Malbec on the red wine tree and a great starting point for red wine beginners. It is actually one of the hardest of grapes to harvest due to the thick skin of the grapes. Thus the traits matching this delicious match would be those with strong opinions, very independent, not easily swayed by others.
Light of White
Champagne is one of the most commonly purchased in the white wine family and known for its pop, fizz, bubbly goodness. Mostly this is overall considered a higher class of wine choice as those that drink it are most known for enjoying the finer things in life. Perhaps a stereotype from everyday movies and sitcoms or possibly some truth to the personality type, as this is not one of my personal favorites I wouldn’t be able to shed any light on it although I have enjoyed it on a few special occasions. If you love Champagne one trait stands true, you love to celebrate!
Class, elegant, and beloved by many is the signature of a Pinot Noir. You tend to have success in your life, make good decisions, but you also know how to have fun.
Now Chardonnay is a white I can sit with on a hot summer day and forget all my troubles. It is the Queen of White. Subtle yet contrasting, perfected with age. It goes well with most anything you want to pair it with and in my opinion, it has a sophistication to it. Probably reflecting your own personality, an old soul that blends well with those around you and ooze confidence.
A Sauvignon Blanc is a leader like you among the white wines. You both can command attention but you do so with friendly and sexy confidence.
I think of the Pinot Grigio as the Casanova of white wines. It tends to be a romantic charmer full of adventure and spontaneity. Sound like you? Be careful though because a Casanova has a good habit of getting into trouble from time to time.
A great bottle of a White or Red Zinfandel can be quite the treat and most often considered to be of the blush variety. These are normally a touch bubbly with a gentle sweetness. Its found that these individuals are easy going, open minded, and generally easy to engage.
To taste the Syrah wines is to enjoy deep powerful fruit flavors very rich and full of health benefits alike. Complimentary to you there is a tendency to have much empathy for others.
I classify a Riesling as a specialty wine because every bottle differs greatly in sweetness, dryness, and some I have tried has even been slightly carbonated. However, it is rarely bitter. Most people who are fans of a Riesling transition from the Zinfandel family and tend to want a wine to fit most any meal at a restaurant. By that means you tend to be more subtle and reserved in your personality but just like the Riesling you are attracted and pair well with some spice in your life.
A rose for you, my dear. The Rose wines are delicate, sweet with a small tart, and a perfect crowd pleaser. Often reflects the charm of a woman via her enticement, sarcasm, and ability to engage and adapt to any environment.
Bubbly, sweet, and love everything Italian? Then you are probably infatuated with the Moscato family wines which come in white and rose. You are most likely in love with life, art, culture, and food.
Tempranillo is a full-bodied red wine that comes from the black grapes of Spain. These specific grapes are considered to be noble in Spain. If you have never tried this wine, I highly recommend it! It favors the realist who works for what he/she has, gets what is wanted, and knows how to get it.
There are always those “wines” and yes consider them air quotes such as cheap champagne, boxed wines, and the $5 gas station specials that are not the most reputable wines available.
Wine has been around since early civilizations and texts dating back as far as our records really go. Like everything else in this world of the value, we find a way to lessen the quality of a product. I am not by any means shunning you if you happen to like the left behind wine series but I do want to encourage you to not be intimidated by the vast or bold choices that are out there. Wine can be an exciting exploration and based on your tastes you may find something quite extraordinary.
Did you know that we wine enthusiasts tend to on average drink about 3 bottles a month of wine? I know that when I open a bottle it never goes to waste, how dare I? Then again, that may also pose as excellent reasoning for opening another bottle!
As I personally favor 90% of the wines listed, I am not sure what that quite means for my personality as I chuckle out loud. But there are a few things I do know. First, we are wine lovers of all colors, boldness, sweet or dry, and that makes each of us unique. If there were only one wine or only me without all of you, life would be exceptionally boring.
So I urge you to branch out and try something new. If you need a recommendation I am always available. Just don’t be surprised when I ask you to tell me a little about yourself 🙂
Feel free to leave some comments and tell me about your favorite wines and how they may or may not reflect your own personality or those around you.