Wine Preference May Indicate Personality, According To Wines With Style Report

Dec 14, 2012 | Updated Dec 14, 2012

What does your favorite wine say about you? Quite a lot, if a recent wine study commissioned by French Wines with Style is to be believed. Experts found that the social habits of red wine drinkers were markedly different from those who preferred white wine or rose.

According to the Telegraph, French Wines with Style spokesman Gerard Basset said that "red wine drinkers appear to be the more relaxed of wine fans. White wine drinkers love the status quo. Whilst rosé fans are itching for change."

The study also found that those who drink red wine are more likely to have a degree, be married and drink more frequently than their white and rose wine-quaffing counterparts. White wine drinkers were found to be more more content with their current job positions with little interest in climbing the corporate ladder.

Red wine drinkers described themselves as confident, relaxed, strong and intelligent, whereas white wine drinkers chose terms like practical, bright, shy, quiet and reserved to describe themselves. Rose drinkers called themselves loud, warm and charming.

Other tidbits include differences in income -- red wine drinkers bring home roughly between $64,500 and $72,500 a year, white wine between $40 and $48,000 and rosé around $48,000. Rose fans also supposedly take to Facebook more often than red wine lovers, with 13 visits to the site per week versus eight.

While the report makes quite a few sweeping statements, we'd like to point out that it appears to be U.K. oriented -- would these results hold up in the U.S.? It includes responses from 2,000 people, but although that's hardly a shabby number, we wonder if it's high enough to compensate for regional variation in responses within the U.K.

Still, it's interesting to think that a wine preference is an indicator of personality traits. We'd love to see this study conducted in the U.S.

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