Description: Typically a lawyer or someone with an incredible memory (or both!). Not only can they rattle off a wine factoid they read 10 years ago, but they can quote it verbatim from the author.
Pros: Handy to have around at tastings as they do like to chime in. Easy to please with most wines, since they like to try new wines and they can actually remember them.
Cons: Typically, the good memory does not align with a good palate. They sometimes like a wine because they “know” they should.
Wine Recommendations: Doesn’t have to be expensive—just make sure you have crossed your T’s and chilled the wine to the correct temperature. Can’t go wrong with a good Burgundy.
7) Swill Drinkers
Description: You have to love the golden retrievers of the wine world. They buy 2 buck chuck and actually drink it! They are frugal, like to rattle off the prices of their latest low-budget conquests and usually drink more than 2 glasses a night.
Pros: Easy to please. They will drink anything.
Cons: They will drink anything... including the expensive Cabs you were saving for a special occasion.
Wine Recommendations: Yellow Tail Shiraz
8) Casual Wino
Description: Not really into wine but definitely into the social experience that wine or a cocktail imparts. They always have a smile on their face as long as their glass is full of...whatever.
Pros: So easy to please. They often have a palate and can converse about the wine, but they don’t really care. When asked about a wine they will tell you, “Yes, it's great. I like it.”
Cons: When asked about a wine they will tell you, "Yes, it's great. I like it.” They aren’t ever going to love any wine.
Wine Recommendations: Stick to the $10 to $30 range. They do have a palate. A light and bright sauvignon blanc will do the trick.
9) The Classic Collector
Description: Typically a male with disposable income now that their kids are out of college. They don’t entertain that much, but when they do they drink Bordeaux or Burgundy from a distinctive region.
Pros: Usually has a good palate and knows their wine area of interest very well.
Cons: They don’t like to venture out of their comfort zone. A Tempranillo from Spain could send them into a tailspin.
Wine Recommendations: Château Lynch-Bages.
10) In the Biz
Description: In the wine business so has access to fun and interesting wines. Reads, eats, and drinks wine.
Pros: Will drink almost anything, since they need to maintain a palate for what other people are drinking. They will drink and understand anything from a Bordeaux to 2 Buck Chuck.
Cons: People never like to bring wine to their house for dinner (bringing sand to a sand box). Always have wine on their breath from all the "tastings".
Wine Recommendations: Anything!
Again, one type is not necessarily better than another. As long as we're all drinking wine, we should all get along. The wines don’t mind, so why should we?
Angela Camacho, a certified sommelier and author of a best selling wine tool, The Wine Wheel®, shares her obsession with wine and food.