According to wine geeks, Moscato is a summer wine. But people who love Moscato love it all year round – not just when the weather gets warm. Truth be told, your favourite wine is “not dictated by the solstice; it’s actually dictated by personal preferences,” according to Tim Hanni, MW (master of wine) and author of Why You Like the Wines You Like. These preferences are called your “vinotype.” Much like a personality trait, your vinotype combines your own personal sensory sensitivities with your culture, tradition and life experiences to dictate your wine preferences. “We just have this insane premise that wine’s supposed to match to the season, or the food, or some other greater glory,” says Hanni. Instead, he says, “match the wine to the diner, not to the dinner.”
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This is the single most important word in the world of wine, according to Hanni. But it can be a confusing one too. For one person, a smooth wine can be rich and flavourful, but for another, it can be almost painfully bitter and unpleasant. “This is why wine language is such a mess, because it’s so important to learn about your vinotype to understand which of these sensory worlds you live in and how that correlates to the wines you’re going to like,” says Hanni.
The minute the wine hits the tip of your tongue, the first thing you often taste is its sweetness. But there are different levels of a wine’s sugary flavour, according to Hanni. “It can be just a tiny little bit or a moderate amount, all the way up to really, really sweet in some exceptional cases, depending on how the grapes were grown,” he says. When wine is fermented, the fermentation process converts sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The sweeter the wine, the less fermentation and the more sugar.