I once got asked on live radio, “what’s the best Lebanese wine ever?” and that wasn’t the first or last time someone asks me that. Everyone wants to know my input on what my favorite wine is so that they can enjoy it. And this gets me confused. Allow me to explain why.
I am a proud and passionate lover of Crepaway. I can often be heard preaching their glory in public, drooling over their latest creations, and defending their most recent meals oh-so animatedly. However, people sometimes disagree. They do so with just as much vigor, I might add. And this brings me to my ultimate point: If we can’t agree on who has the “best ever” burger, what makes you think we can unanimously agree on the “best ever” wine?
In a nutshell, every person’s taste buds are different. People enjoy different flavor profiles in varying intensities. Even though there are universally declared “great wines”, still so many people may not appreciate them due to lack of experience with such flavors or lack of understanding of what makes them “great”.
So what do you do when you have no clue what wine you like? That, I can help with.
Below is a fun little quiz that will help you figure out what wines you would like before even trying them! Leave me your answers in the comment section below…
1. Black coffee (a) or latte (b)?
a. Try Nebbiolo, Sangiovese (Italy), Bordeaux red wines, Mourvedre (France), Tempranillo (Spain) and Aglianico (Italy).
b. Try Merlot, Syrah, Petit Syrah, and Malbec.
Paradis Rose de Qanafar 2016 (Tempranillo)
Rosso Di Montefalco, D.O.C.G. 2012 (Sangiovese)
Domaine Wardy Merlot 2014
2. Apple juice (a) or grapefruit juice (b)?
a. Try sweet white wines, like Moscato, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, and White Zinfandel (which ironically is a Rosé).
b. You prefer tart and bitter flavors. Try dry white wines, like Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Vinho Verde, Grüner Veltliner, Albariño, and Verdejo.
Batroun Mountains Riesling 2015
Marqués de Riscal, Rueda, DOC, 2016 (Verdejo)
Muse Le Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay)
3. Vanilla ice cream (a) or lemon sorbet (b)?
a. You like creamy textures. Try oak-aged white wines, like Oaked Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Torrontes (Argentina), and Semillon.
b. You enjoy acidity. Try high acid wines, like German Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chablis, Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sparkling Wine.
Atibaia White 2016 (Viognier and Chardonnay aged in oak)
Danzante Pinot Grigio
Prosecco Millesimato 2015, Pitars (Sparkling Wine)
4. Olive tapenade (a) or blueberry jam (b)?
a. You’ll enjoy savory wines. Try a French Syrah like Hermitage or Saint-Joseph.
b. You’ll enjoy fruit-forward wines. Try an Australian Shiraz.
Domaine Perrin & Fils, Gigondas Rhône, AOC, 2013 (Syrah and Grenache)
Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley 2015 (Shiraz)
There you go! Now you know where to start the next time you’re in the wine aisle. Just remember, that there’s nothing wrong with liking something your friends don’t, or not liking something someone else recommended. It’s all about taste. It’s also about experience, too. So keep on tasting till you find your favorite wine.
See you soon with another glass of red!