There’s much to be said about someone by their choice ofwine. Without a doubt, those with specific personality traits are drawn to certain kinds of wine.
Wine drinkers fall into two main categories: red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers.
For the white wine lover, it really doesn’t seem to matter what the host is serving for dinner; or whether it’s a freezing winter day … white is the only option!
Yet for the red wine lover, it’s a big bottle of bold red on the table—or nothing at all! They relish the thought of long cold winters—their favorite season for warming up with goblets of luscious, full-bodied red!
Taking this one step further, are the different personalities for each wine – from smooth Chardonnays to bold Cabernets.
If you are purchasing wine as a gift—or are new to the world of wine drinking, the choices can be overwhelming. Take a look at the words belowthat describe various types of wines; if any of these descriptions also seems to reflect your own personality (or the person for whom you are purchasing a bottle), that particular wine may be your best choice!
For the Red Wine Drinker:
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Bold, adventurous and rich. For those with larger-than-life personalities and that‘just-do-it!’ approach to life, a robust Cabernet would be terrific.
Merlot: Soft, full-bodied and earthy. Outdoorsy, back-to-nature types appreciate Merlot for its full-bodied taste and velvety finish.
Pinot Noir:Perfectionism, complex and discerning. Growing pinot Noir grapes is a finicky undertaking, individuals with perfectionist tendencies will embrace the subtle complexities of this wine.
For the White Wine Drinker:
Sparkling (such as Champagne or Sparkling Rosé): Playful, spirited and bubbly! Do you love to entertain? Get the party started and opt for a sparkling wine!
Sauvignon Blanc: Crisp, light and lively. High-energy, on-the-go types are the perfect match for the clean taste of Sauvignon Blanc.
Chardonnay: Mellow, laid-back and buttery smooth. Unflappable, laid-back individuals pair perfectly with Chardonnay, an easy-to-drink palate pleaser.
Finally, you might want to think about the personality of your recipient when buying wine. Each varietal has subtle hints of flavors and aromas that characterize the wine’s personality, and these traits usually can be reflected in the tastes of individuals. Check out this info graphic for a few tips:
- Pinot Noir: It takes a perfectionist to grow pinot Noir grapes, so couples with perfectionist tendencies will appreciate the complexities of this varietal.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Big personalities with an adventurous, ready-to-take on anything approach to life are a match for a rich Cabernet.
- Merlot: Nature-lovers and those who crave the great outdoors tend to enjoy Merlot for its full-bodied taste and smooth finish.
- Sauvignon Blanc: The energetic, on-the go personality is a perfect match for the crisp taste of Sauvignon Blanc.
- Chardonnay: Those who are mellow and go with the flow pair perfectly with Chardonnay, an easy-to-drink crowd pleaser.
- The Hipster: These dudes and dudettes are just too cool for traditional stuff like Cabernet Sauvignon or jeans without holes, so opt for an interesting bottle like spicy Gewuzrtraminer or lush, Austrian Zweigelt–you’ll be awarded extra points for gifting a bottle with a difficult name or unfamiliar label.
- Thrifty Buy: Zweigelt, Erdenlied 2012 ($13), jammy blackberry fruit dominates this easy-drinking red, while soft tannins and a liter-sized bottle make it perfect for sharing.
- Spendy Buy: Hugel & Fils 2012 Gewurztraminer Classic ($25), a spicy and tropical white perfect for cooling the burn of too much wasabi or bringing out rich herbal tones in roasted poultry.
- The Label Chaser: Rave revies and picture perfect labels add value for these drinkers, and so do sky-high Parker scores and massive tannins. In this instance, give the people what they want: a BIG well-known red, preferably covered in new oak.
- Thrifty Buy: Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend ($18), from California’s iconic Zin craftsmen this juice is a blend full of lush blueberry fruit, and has enough good reviews to fill an entire book.
- Spendy Buy: Concha y Toro 2011 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), Wine Spectator’s #1 wine of 2014 really is thatgood–loads of blackberry fruit, cocoa, tobacco, and leather make this a wine worth the extra money and a truly special gift.
- The Party Animal: When it’s all party, all the time, nothing will do but a big, fat bottle of bubbly. As the stars of Esquire’s Somm recently agreed, bubbles are the undisputed beverage of celebration, and we agree. If you’re feeling really thoughtful, include instructions for sabering the bottle, and the wild-child recipient will thank you for this party trick for years to come.
- Thrifty Buy: Dibon Cava ($13), a traditional method sparkler from Southern Spain tinged with fresh lemon and peach tones it’s perfect for getting any party started.
- Spendy Buy: Ferrari Brut Sparkling ($25), an Italian sparkling wine that challenges nearly allChampagnes in complexity with golden apple flavors and tons of luscious yeasty tones.
- The Authority Figure: Bosses are some of the toughest people to buy for during holidays, so it’s helpful to remember the power they often hold–this person is responsible for a huge amount of your happiness and/or misery 40 hours per week. As such, it’s important that a gift for them shows that you understand their role, and appreciate getting that extra day off, or being allowed to leave early for Thursday Night Trivia. Here’s an instance to spend the extra $10 for a special bottle. If upping the budget isn’t an option, choose a reliable bottle that tastes high quality but doesn’t break the bank, like Riesling, or Beaujolais.
- Thrifty Buy: Leitz Out Riesling ($14), this German stunner boasts more than an artsy label–it’s got laser-sharp lemony acidity, and fantastic minerality. Complex enough to savor, yet yummy enough to chug.
- Spendy Buy: Fattoria dei Barbi 2010 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG ($50), this Tuscan gem is smooth and seductive in all the right ways with ripe cherry fruits accented by dusty earth and cedar. Asking for a raise in January? Give this in December.
- The Reds-Only Drinker: The winter is this wine lover’s favorite season–finally everyone is agreeing to put big, bold reds on the table. Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic in their line-up and never goes out of style, but ostentatious reds like Zinfandel and Syrah offer the same full body and luscious fruit flavors for less.
- Thrifty Buy: Peirano Estates, 2012 The Other Red ($14), this Cabernet and Syrah Blend is brazen and full-fruited, with notes of sweet vanilla and wild raspberries.
- Spendy Buy: Louis M. Martini 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($35), a California classic with all the requisite red fruit, plus seductive vanilla tones and tannins that will stand up to any and all decadent holiday feasts.
- The Whites-Only Drinker: Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what’s on the table or if there’s a blizzard building outside–white wines are in the glass! While Chardonnay and Riesling are classics, the holidays also offer the opportunity expand horizons with rich, floral whites like Viognier which offer the full-body Chardonnay-lovers adore, with more tropical fruit flavors and a touch of flair.
- Thrifty Buy: Graham Beck 2013 Chardonnay-Viognier ($13), rich and pineapple-scented this South African bottle packs lots of ripe stone fruit and is perfect with heartwarming chicken stews and Netflix binges.
- Spendy Buy: Joseph Drouhin 2013 St. Véran ($20), a classic Burgundy Chardonnay sans exorbitant pricing, this bottle offers a hug in a bottle with luscious golden apple fruit, rich buttery notes, and a touch of minerality.
- The Secret Santa: Grab Bag wines should be fun wines! And no, they shouldn’t cost more than the string of scratch tickets the janitor brings to the party every year. This is the opportunity to buy a fun, obscure wine that tastes great and doesn’t break the bank. Not only are Portuguese reds crowd pleasers, but their unique grapes and traditional production methods make them fantastic conversation starters.