Rhonda’s Grapevine: Sweet Vinotype: How Can You Like Sweet Wine?
SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. – “How Can You Like Sweet Wine?” How many times have you heard that? Or, better yet: “You’re just a beginner, once you drink wine for a while, you’ll learn to like dry wines like a pro.”
The Stigma Surrounding Sweet Wine
I want to stand up with you and give confidence to those who love sweet wines, and there are a lot of us! A wine preference of sweet, not so sweet, off dry, and dry is very normal for everyone. You just have to know what your wine preference is and then drink the wines you love regardless of what others are saying.
Vinotype is all about finding your wine preference and being proud of it!
Everyone has the right to have a wine preference. Others don’t tell you what kind of coffee you should like or don’t, or how salty you like your food, yet people put a stigma on those who love sweet wines!
In reality, your preferences all have a common thread as you’ll see next.
Sweet Vinotype: Why You Like Sweet Wine
You have a lot of taste buds that love to be tantalized! The number of taste buds on a tongue varies from 500 to 11,000! A sweet wine lover has the most. That’s a lot of sweetness that needs spread around a lot of taste buds! That’s also why you like your coffee sweet and salty foods!
For that same reason, the tannins and astringency of dry wines are so powerful across thousands of taste buds that you really can’t stand them no matter how many years you’ve been drinking wine, and you won’t grow to like them.
This is also why you probably didn’t realize you even liked wine because the first several you tried you didn’t like. Have you said before “I don’t like wine”? Then, you were introduced to sweet wines and met a few you liked.
Drink Your Sweet Wine with Pride
Did you know that White Zinfandel and Moscato wines are the biggest selling wines in America? They are both sweet and delicious, but many people wouldn’t talk about liking them around other wine drinkers because they may be looked down upon, this is so sad! Peer pressure even in adults!
Myth: The French and Italians Don’t Drink Sweet Wine
This is a big wine myth that needs debunked! They both LOVE sweet wines! One of the most popular drinks is a KIR which is wine with added sugary blackcurrant liquor to make it nice and sweet. Or, a bubbly wine/Champagne can be used as the base for a different effect, but still sweet. This sweet drink is very popular and brings friends together to talk and commune together and NOBODY feels ashamed or self-conscious about their wine preference for sweet wines!
How to Make Dry Wine Palatable for a Sweet Wine Drinker
While you may never be able to say you like dry wines like you’ve been told you will one day by others, there is a way you can make it pleasurable when it is served and even genuinely like it. It is really easy and accessible at any restaurant or home kitchen; you just need to trick your sensory receptors first! There are 2 easy ways to do this:
– Have a little lemon and salt first! Order lemon in your water. Take it out and put a little salt on it. Now lick it a bit before drinking your wine. You’ll have a “WOW, this is so delicious and smooth now.” You may laugh, but this really works!
– Have a little coffee fruit flavored syrup in your purse/pocket and add a little to the wine. That will be enough to keep your 11,000 taste buds happy! If it is still a bit strong, just add a little water from you other glass at your place setting!
Other Sweet Vinotype Personality Characteristics
It’s funny how having more taste buds make other personality traits that shine through.
Here are a few other ones you might have if you love sweet wines:
– Sweet vinotypes tend to be more creative and artsy
– Your mother probably had morning sickness when she was pregnant with you, especially if you’re male
– You don’t like the taste of artificial sweeteners
– You’re picky when it comes to the clothes and shoes you buy
– You can never have enough salt on your food
– You either hate coffee or like it really sweet with lots of cream
Love the Wine You Love (With Confidence!)
Be bold about what wines you like and help others find their wine preference so they can enjoy their wine, too. Match the wine to the diner not the dinner, just like the Italians do.
To take the Vinotype Wine Personality Quiz, click here.
Submitted by Rhonda Brooks
Rhonda and her husband, Denis, own Deer Creek Winery, Inn B&B, and Event Center. They love wine and sharing their 100-acre farm in Northwest Pennsylvania with guests. You can find them around the winery most any time of day.
For more information on Deer Creek Winery, and The Inn, visit https://www.deercreekwine.com.
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