It’s probably not very difficult to tell that Vine Vera likes wine. For one thing, we theme many of our high-quality skincare collections around certain wine varietals, and we infuse said products with a healthy dose of resveratrol—a powerful antioxidant from red wine that may be able to help with anti-aging. Besides that, we’re always ready to give you our thoughts and recommendations of various wine varietals for you to try.
But today, we’re going to tackle a basic wine-related concept that’s all-too-often overlooked. It’s no secret that different people have different tastes, and that’s no different when it comes to wine than it is food and drink in general. As such, it’s good to know what you like, so that you don’t end up thinking poorly of wine in general thanks to one or two bad experiences with a varietal that didn’t suit your palate. As such, Vine Vera’s constructed a handy guide to help you determine what kinds of wine you might like. Note that this guide can be useful to experienced and inexperienced alike; even if you already have a list of your favorite wines, who’s to say a guide like this can’t help you identify one or two more that you never knew you loved? Read on and find out!
This guide will help you find a wine you like by identifying your general food and drink tastes and translating them to wine varietals you might enjoy; your general tastes often translate into or at least very heavily influence your wine tastes.
Smooth or Rough?
Think about whether you tend to eat and drink things that are “soft” or “rough.” For instance, do you drink coffee or tea? If so, how do you take it? If you prefer plain black coffee or tea, you enjoy some gritty roughness and might want to consider an old world wine like Bordeaux red and Tempranillo, among others. If you prefer lattes, cappuccinos, or just generally dumping a bunch of cream and sugar into your coffee or tea, you like things smooth, and should look for new world wines like Malbec, Shiraz, Merlot, and Syrah.
Sweet or Bitter?
Do you drink orange or grapefruit juice for breakfast, or even just eat a whole grapefruit without piling sugar on it? Can you enjoy a spinach, kale, or arugula salad with no dressing and actually like it? If so, your palate is clearly accustomed to bitter tastes and might enjoy dry white wines like Sauvignon Blanc. On the other hand, if you have a serious sweet tooth and are always having to watch your sugar intake because you prefer things be delightfully sweet, a sweet white wine like Moscato or Riesling might be more your taste.
Savory or Fruity?
Do you dream of fruit-laden deserts like cobblers, pies, and tarts? Do you find even your favorite savory dishes containing fruit sometimes? You might be a fan of fruit-forward red wines like Zinfandel. Alternately, if you love meaty, savory dishes with little to no fruity flavors (for dinner or desert), you’ll probably favor savory red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon.