The other day, upon scrolling through my news feed on Facebook, I came across some sort of quiz that makes an assumption about your personality after answering a few simple questions and then miraculously associates it with a type of alcoholic beverage. Needless to say, my quiz concluded that I am a wine drinker (no surprise there). After that, I came to wonder why the quiz did not work the other way around instead. To me it makes a lot more sense to make assumptions about a person’s personality based on their preference of drink- and in this case: wine. After all, I have made most of my friends based on this theory. So I decided to give it a go and write a kind of “crash course” on the subject. (Disclaimer: These are all assumptions based on personal experiences and I cannot be held liable for any incidents that may or may not occur if put into practice.)

Dry Red

People that enjoy drinking a glass of full-bodied red, are usually kind and warm hearted themselves. They have a strong personality to counterbalance the “tannins of life” and usually have a robust way of living. Their outlook on life can sometimes be complex, but they make every moment count. Shiraz drinkers enjoy the spice of life, while Merlot lovers are a bit mellower and prefer spending time in nature. Pinotage enthusiasts may be patriotic or they might prefer to relax in a reclining leather chair after a long day’s work. Whatever the cultivar or blend of preference, these people are old souls and dependable individuals that will always be there for you in your time of need.

Sweet Rosé

These are usually not your avid wine drinkers and are most likely new to the wine drinking scene. A lot of the time this group includes university students that are not originally from the Western Cape. Rosé drinkers are fun loving people that enjoy the sweeter things in life and don’t take things too seriously. They drink pink drinks and are proud of it. They do, however, seem to retaliate when life becomes a little bitter. On the more positive side, chances are, that they will become pioneers that start to think outside of the box and achieve great things in life.

Champagne & MCC

Adored by socialites and stay-at-home moms, alike- these party goers and throwers have sparkling personalities that can keep you entertained for days on end. They are always the life of the party and the bubbling guests (or hosts) of honour. They walk with a spring in their step and a smile on their face. They laugh as much as possible and have the most positive outlook on life, compared to all the other wine drinkers. They have a taste for the finer things in life and they mingle with meaning. They make the most out of every opportunity and should not be mistaken for being ditzy or air-headed. They are strong and independent and will not back down from a challenge.

Extra Light White

This intriguing wine is sometimes labelled as “banting friendly” and therefore consumed by individuals that consider themselves to be “carb conscious”. But do not let this fool you- these wine drinkers do not shy away from the adventures of life. They are fit, happy and active and go through life with a sparkle in their eye. They are always on the go and busy doing something, never standing still and never letting an opportunity slip through their skinny fingers. Their humour is no drier than mine and they enjoy having a cold one over a few laughs.

So there you have it- our preference in wines are as unique and abundant as our vastly different personalities. Some people don’t have a favourite wine and will enjoy a glass from all walks of life, others stick to what they know best. Whatever your wine preference, as long as you like wine, I’m sure we’ll get along just fine.