Wine preference can reveal personality traits? What do you think?

The type of wine you drink may reveal your personality: study

A taste for Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay or a liking for Bordeaux or Zinfandel can indicate more than just a preference in wines. It could also reveal personality traits.

New research by scientists in Australia and Britain showed that drinkers who preferred a sweet taste in wine were more likely to be impulsive while those who chose dry varieties had greater openness.

“Participants with a sweet taste preference were significantly higher in impulsiveness than their dry preference counterparts,” Anthony J. Saliba, of Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia, and his colleagues said in the report.

Obviously, this was a very limited study – less than 100 people isn’t going to tell us about everyone in the world – but on first read, I was thinking about similarities I’ve noticed in friends who like the dry wines versus those who prefer sweeter. I wonder if they’ll test this more – and if they’d ever be able to say that those who like sweeter because they are more impulsive or if they are more impulsive because they like sweeter. Chicken. Egg.

So pop your favorite cork – and let us know how your crowd would measure up.


1 Response to “Wine preference can reveal personality traits? What do you think?”

  1. December 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I have written a book all about wine and personality, (Wine Types: Discover Your Inner Grape) but have based it on the characteristics of the varietal itself e.g. Pinot Noir type might have some perfectionist tendencies, as the varietal is at its best when conditions are ‘perfect’ (hot days/cold nights). Sometimes the two correlate, meaning that your Wine Type and the wine you prefer to drink may match. It’s mainly a fun way to learn about ourselves (and others) and drink a little wine as you discuss your ‘inner grapes.’ 🙂

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