In the morning, you roll out of bed do your morning routine, then head to the closet. It’s there you find a whole rack full of clothes and choices. As you sift through the items, searching for the perfect outfit, the question always arises, what and why do I want to wear a particular outfit today?
Perhaps you’re feeling a little 60’s retro or maybe it’s a power suit to take on the world kind of day. Whatever outfit you choose to put your body is the sartorial embodiment of what you want to express. It is a conscious choice about how you’re going to express yourself to the world–depending on your mood that particular morning.
Wine is also full of choices. But when you choose a wine, it is not a reflection of an exterior persona like your clothes, but a peek into your interior world. When it’s time to choose a glass of fancy grapes to drink, you always first consider, whether consciously or not, your wine mood.
A wine mood is not the actual mood you’re in per se, though it could be. Wine mood, to this writer, is a feeling you want to express – but through your senses. The qualities and tastes of the wine you choose can embody and taste like that nearly inexplicable feeling you’re having. The wines at their best should match up to your mood so you can assuage and express the feelings you’re having all at the same time.
A good sommelier will help you out with this pickle. Give a somm a few adjectives and s/he will likely offer you up a glass of something to pair with your mood with. Searching wine adjectives in Google can also do the trick. Or, you can simply check out our Wine Mood Guide below.
This list is far from complete (will do a round 2!), but it will help you to locate some very common wine moods through visuals and adjectives–and make recommendations on the perfect wine mood pairings. Trust us. We feel you!
Big, fun, playful, part-ay: Chateauneuf du Pape, Zinfandel, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc
Enveloping, spicy, warm, prrrrr: Tempranillo, Malbec, Grenache
Melancholy, weepy, sad, spoon me: Barolo, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon
Chill, relaxed, kick-back, zen: Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay
Bursting, restless, wild, down the hatch: Chardonnay, Nero D’Avola, Syrah
Happy, upbeat, uplifted, all is right with the world: Beaujolais, Riesling, Zinfandel