What The Kind Of Wine You Drink Says About Your Personality

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In vino veritas. That was one of the first phrases I ever learned when I took Latin in high school. It means: "In wine, there is truth." Basically, the ancient Romans had the same problems we have today, we just call it by a different name: drunk texting.

Aside from the endless embarrassments that modern technology has forced upon us when we've had a little too much, there might be other truths in what that glass of spoiled grape juice is revealing about you, like your personality.


And whether or not it's National Wine Day (because, yes, it exists), there are certain types of wines that determine what you're like.

As a warning, I'm not a sommelier.

If you don't know what that is or even how to pronounce the word, check out the documentary Somm on Netflix.

Obviously, you can Google it as well, but you'll get a better understanding from the flick.

Regardless, here's what your favorite wine says about your personality:

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1. Cabernet Sauvignon

It's the king of the reds; thus, you're royalty.

You don't care what's trendy or hip; you know what you like and you're not intimidated by the opinions and influences of others. You can be stubborn at times, but people know where you stand. And because you've got a firm grip, people aren't afraid to lean on you for trusted help, advice, and support.

Cabernets come from all over the world. It's a diverse varietal that isn't too difficult to cultivate and sustain. Men tend to favor this type over women. It's generally a bit more bitter and drier than all the other reds, so it's no coincidence the same can be said about you.

Try: No Fine Print Cabernet Sauvignon or Sunny With A Chance of Flowers Cabernet Sauvignon


2. Rosé

You've moved on past rum and cokes, or vodka and cranberries, and you're too conscious of the sugar content in a margarita. You want to do something different at the bar, but you're not brave enough to cross the line.

The most important (and awesome) thing about you is that you're open-minded. You're willing to listen and try new things. You don't want to cause static, and you want people to like you (and people want to like you, too). Carry on. Just don't be afraid to take a chance.

Try: Fresh Vine Wine Rosé or Mateus Dry Rosé

3. Merlot

You refuse to drink Cabernet. If wine were Shakespeare, Cabernet would be the Montagues and Merlot would be the Capulets. Merlots tend to be creamier or softer than Cabs and is that other red varietal. Merlots aren't as audacious and avoid confrontation, like you.


Generally, you're content with being out of the spotlight, the limelight, but not the drunk light. You're good with you.

Try: Markham Napa Valley Merlot or Le Grand Verre Château Haut Virecourt 

4. Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Champagne is basically carbonated white wine. It technically can only be called "champagne" if grown and made in the Champagne region of France, so if made in the same style anywhere else it'll be referred to as a sparkling white. And congratulations, you've graduated past White Zinfandel!

There are two types of people who drink champagne: those who are all about living life in the fast lane, or those who consider themselves a little bit above everyone else. The difference lies in when and how you drink it — either every day is a party, or every day is a celebration.


Either way, you tend to prefer the finer things in life: nice clothes, expensive food, stylish hair, pretty nails, and fancy purses. However, make sure you stay away from the cheap stuff unless you enjoy bad (and I mean bad) hangovers.

For champagne, try: Pommery Grand Cru Vintage Brut Champagne

For sparkling wine, try: Avaline Sparkling or JaM Cellars Toast Sparkling

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5. Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the Cabernet of the Whites. It's not as dry as Pinot Grigio, and the color is a bit more contrasting. You're not as flashy as the rest of the trendy Whites, and you're a bit more traditional when it comes to your tastes. You're older, and a bit more seasoned, and those Zinfandel days are behind you.


You go well with most things and there's a slight level of sophistication (not pretension) to you. You can be a little too conservative at times, but sometimes discretion is a good thing.

Try: Frontera Chardonnay or John Anthony Napa Valley Chardonnay 

6. Malbec/Shiraz/Red Zinfandel

These are, collectively, the trending red wines over the past ten years. And that's why you drink them. You're conscious of the times and what's going on. You want to be contemporary and like to keep up with what's in vogue. 

Try: de Négoce Mokelumne River AVA Zinfandel or Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel

7. Boxed Wine

You have no shame. None. None whatsoever. You couldn't give a damn what others think of you. And those friends you have, drinking that fancy expensive stuff, are jealous of you for that. They wish they could be as humble as you. You are what you are and you don't need to pretend to be anything different.


Try: Our Daily Wines Organic Red Blend 1.5L Box

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8. Riesling

Riesling is my second favorite wine type. I know, it's completely different than Cabernet. It's because I love spicy food, and Riesling pairs well with a little kick, like Thai cuisine.

Traditionally, German, Riesling is sweet and varies in dryness; if this is your favorite type of wine, chances are you've got a sweet side as well. You're probably not much of a fan of bitter tastes, in food or in life. You broke up with Zinfandel, and haven't looked back. Subtle and soft, you're reserved in personality.

Try: Red Newt Dry Riesling or Trimbach Riesling


9. Chianti

We get it. You're Italian.

10. Pinot Noir

It means "black pine," referring to the shape in which the grape clusters grow, which is a shape resembling a pine cone. You've also seen the movie Sideways. They say if you want to start drinking red wine, this is the way to go. Pinots aren't as full-body as the rest of the reds, and this was the "it" red wine prior to Shiraz, which eventually gave way to Malbec.

If you're a Pinot drinker, you value the opinion of others. Like the actual grape used to harvest the wine, you might be a bit stubborn. Pinot Noirs are difficult to manufacture because they're grown from grapes with thick skins. So I can safely assume you'll take this article with a grain of salt.

Try: "Gaudere" Pinot Noir by Callen Schaub or In Good Taste Pinot Noir


Remember, wine is as old as the earliest civilizations.

It used to be the drink of the privileged in ancient Sumeria and Egypt. It's been argued to promote long life and a healthy heart and helps reduce the aging process of cells, keeping you young and strong.

Also, it goes great with dark chocolate and cheese. Who wouldn't want to drink wine on that merit alone? And it might just say an awful, but awesome lot about you. Cheers!

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Frank Vamos Jr. is a writer who focuses on love, relationships, and his experiences as a bartender for over 10 years.