Wine Life

What does your choice of wine say about you?

We all have our preferences when it comes to what wine we like to have in our glass. Varietals aside, I know far too many people who classify themselves as exclusively red, white or rosé. I grew up in a house where white wine was a swearword, and my first glass of white felt like a family betrayal. I have since come out of the wine fridge to my family and now quite happily enjoy wines across the colour barriers. White remains my favourite – Chardonnay in particular – but that’s a discussion for another day.

The publication French Wines with Style has commissioned a study examining the drinking habits of 2,000 people. Conducted primarily among wine drinkers in the United Kingdom, the study compared wine preferences to various lifestyle and personality attributes.

For example, red wine drinkers are the most relaxed wine fans, considering themselves as very easy going. This might have to do with the fact that they drink most frequently and are more likely to be married. The study does not mention if the two previous facts are connected or not.

Being a red wine drinker also makes you more educated, as you have a higher likelihood of having earned a degree. Drinkers of red are the highest earners of the bunch, and describe themselves as confident, strong, and intelligent.

People who prefer white wine tend to identify shy and reserved. Practical people, drinkers of white are happier with their job and few show any interest in working their way up the corporate ladder. In terms of earnings, this group has the lowest annual income. I guess there is something to be said for being happy rather than being rich.

And on to the drinkers of pink. Rosé quaffers have some of the most interesting insights. Calling themselves loud, warm and charming, you’ll likely find a rosé drinker online, where they spend 40 percent more time on Facebook than their fellow red and white drinkers. Rosé drinkers go against the status quo and are constantly on the lookout to try change things.

This all sounds a bit horoscope-y, don’t you think? Admittedly, from my point of view at least, this does confirm many stereotypes. But does any of the above strike a chord with your preference of wine? Let us know in the comments.