Are you a red or a white ?
It is a question many of us have no doubt been asked before. While many of us drink and appreciate both reds and whites, there are just as many people who are firmly team red or white.
A study commissioned by Coravin found that the difference between red and white drinkers isn’t just a matter of preference – in fact, there are some distinct personality traits that can be associated with either red or white wine lovers.
The study found that white wine drinkers are more likely to be extroverts who identify as curious and sarcastic perfectionists. White wine lovers also tend to be night owls who prefer cats to dogs and interestingly enough, have a taste for punk music. They are also more likely to spend slightly less per bottle than their red loving counterparts, with the average American white wine drinker spending approximately USD$37 on a bottle of wine.
While white wine drinkers are supposedly extroverted by nature, a range of sommeliers and wine experts would argue that white wines themselves are more introverted than bolder red varietals. Whites such as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc tend to complement rather than overwhelm, due to the lack of tannins in these varietals.
Interested to see whether your favourite white matches your personality? We have matched some popular white wines with corresponding traits to help you identify your wine persona.
Champagne: the ultimate extrovert’s white wine
Whether it is sweet or dry, Champagne always commands attention. Sweeter types replicate the taste of buttered bread and honey, while drier varieties tend to have a sour taste.
If you are a vibrant, life of the party type of personality, there is no doubt that the bubbles in Champagne are the best match for your bubbly persona. Best served chilled between 8-10 degrees Celsius, Champagne is synonymous with celebration which makes it the perfect match for those who know how to have a good time.
Chardonnay: the perfect balance between extrovert and introvert
Chardonnay’s dry, medium to full-bodied finish, which is best served cool at 9 degrees Celsius, means it has the bold chops to stand on its own feet but doesn’t overwhelm the palate with its fruity apple, lemon and papaya flavours.
If you straddle the line between being introverted and extroverted, Chardonnay is the ideal white wine to fit your personality. It can be the life of the party when it needs to be, but is just as happy to take the back seat and enjoy the quieter pace of life when need be (just like you!).
Pinot Grigio: ideal for the everyday introvert
Pinot Grigio or Gris may be less sweet than other white varietals, but their fruity and floral flavours more than make up for their drier finish.
Pinot Grigio is the ultimate white wine for introverts, as they both share the quiet, calm character that makes them a crowd pleaser. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying a class of Pinot Grigio at a packed nightclub, there is no doubt it is best enjoyed on a quiet Sunday afternoon spent reading in the sun when served between 8-9 degrees Celsius.
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