How You Take Your Coffee Suggest What Wines You Will Enjoy

 

When it comes to choosing a wine, it can feel overwhelming deciding exactly which grape varietal will be most enjoyable for your tastes. However it may be reassuring to know that your choice of coffee can actually help you determine which wine may be most suited to your palate.

The way you drink coffee can say a lot about your preference for fragrance, bitterness, body, and acidity – features that are present in both coffee and wine. Although there are a number of factors that may change how you taste a drink, such as your mood, celebrating an occasion, the weather, there are 3 main components that influence taste preferences:

  • Smell: Aroma, a term used both for coffee and wine, is an important aspect of your palate profile.
  • Body: The body of a drink, such as coffee or wine, refers to how that drink feels inside your mouth.
  • Acidity: Imagine the sensation of biting into a lemon. See how your mouth puckers? This is your mouth measuring the acidity and adjusting to it.

Americano

Chances are you’ll enjoy a wine with an equally straightforward, strong flavour that has a little grit. Look out for wines that have notes of spiciness, astringency, and noticeable acidity:

  • Greco di Tufo
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vermentino
  • Merlot
  • Rioja

Cappuccino & Latte

You’ll likely prefer softer flavours, as milk helps to calm any bitterness. It’s best to avoid bigger wines that could overwhelm the palate.

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Beaujolais
  • Pinot Noir
  • Gamay
  • Zinfandel
  • Rosé

Mocha

A drink for those who just love sweetness. It may come as no surprise, but if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, or take your coffee with a bit of sugar, looking for sweeter wines is a good bet.

  • Off-Dry Riesling
  • Sweet Muscat
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Late harvest Tokaji
  • Recioto
  • Vintage Port
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry

Espresso, Cortado and Macchiato

These coffees are short, black, and intense! They feature strong, bitter notes that indicate a preference for bigger, bolder wines. Try and look out for wines that have high tannins and hearty flavours, as they reflect the thick texture and strong bitterness of an espresso.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malbec
  • Shiraz
  • Sangiovese
  • Carmenere
  • Barbera
  • Nebbiolo
  • Chardonnay

Chai Tea Latte

A great drink for those with a wonderfully hypertensive palate. Those hints of cinnamon and cardamom must be appealing to you! Odds are you have a higher taste bud count, so your palate falls within the elegant and refined category.

  • Pinot Gris
  • Viognier
  • Arneis
  • Torrontes

Tea

Tea drinkers do not despair! We have you covered too. Look for wines that are dry and savoury.

  • Sauvignon Blanc or Sangiovese offer crisp, fresh, and bright flavours that black tea drinkers might appreciate.

 

 

 

 

 

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