No More Eeny Meeny Miney Moe!

 

 

 

 

Ever find yourself struggling to select a fab bottle of wine? You stand there with a glazed look trying to decide chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, red or white, which has the cutest label….well this clever guide is a charming and somewhat scientific way to  grab your next bottle of grapes!

Michele Pravda owner of Brooklyn wine shop Smith & Vine, came up with this super cute diagram!

If you like BUTTERED TOAST, try a California Chardonnay. “Chardonnay has buttery undertones,” Michele explains, “especially when it’s aged in American oak, which gives it a rich flavor.”

If you like TROPICAL FRUITS, go for a Viognier. “It has tropical notes, especially mango,” she says. “Tropical fruits are strong, big and intense, and so is Viognier.”

If you like APPLES AND PEARS, you’ll love Pinot Grigio‘s crisp, fresh flavor.

If you’re a fan of CITRUS, you want a wine with more acidity. Gruner Veltliner is a good bet, and Michele recommends a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: “It’s got a definite fruity flavor to it, but with more acidity.”

If you like the SMELL OF FRESHLY-CUT GRASS, try a white Bourdeaux, which has “a grassy, herbaceous flavor profile.”

If you always pick out the RED CANDIES, you’d like a wine with notes of sweet red fruits. Try a Rioja, which tastes like sour cherries.

If you like DARK CHOCOLATE, try Malbec. Michele recommends choosing one from Chile or Argentina for notes of rich, dark chocolate.

If you can’t get enough BACON, choose a smoky Pinot Noir from Oregon. (In wine vernacular, “smoky bacon” is a prized flavor for pinot noir.)

If you like SPICY THINGS, go for a Syrah. Michele’s favorites are from Northern Rhone, which have an especially bold, spicy flavor profile.

If you’re a STEAK fan, you’ll love Bandol from Provence. “It has almost a bloody, gamey meat flavor,” says Michele. Bonus: Bandol also pairs well with steak!

and according  to Eric Asimov, New York Times wine critic, “regular consumption is the single most important characteristic of the confident wine lover”. Yep, we agree!

 

 

 

 

TIP: to keep your lipstick from adhering to your wine glass, discreetly and quickly  lick the glass before you sip!

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