Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wine Preference Test

A clever fellow has developed a test that he claims will predict what types of wines you prefer. I took the test it and the results seemed pretty accurate to me. (I tested "sensitive." O-la-la) Here is partial bio taken from his site

Tim Hanni MW, CWE is one of the first two resident Americans to successfully complete the examination and earn the title Master of Wine, holds the title of Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators and is a professionally trained chef. Tim has been involved with a variety of wine and food related businesses, education and research for over thirty-five years.

But it sounds like his test is not solely for the self-improvement of the wine drinking masses and that he has got something up his sleeve that just might make him some serious money. To wit

His newest business venture, Napa Seasoning Company LLC, is in the formulation and design phase of creating a product to solve the wine and food pairing dilemma for wine consumers. It is a food seasoning [emphasis mine] that is used as a delicious addition to almost any dish that enhances the entire dining experience.

I wonder what this mystery seasoning could be? I'll bet it contains amino acids in addition to other stuff. Well, more power to him!

Thanks to A Hunger Artist reader Valerie for this story.

Here is another link to the test.


Scotty said...


The test didn't work for me. I was at the far end of tolerant and those are wines I don't like. I think I am closer to you, Bob Just because I like tannins in my tea doesn't mean I want them in my wines any more than my preference for artisanal beers means I enjoy over-oaked Chards.

Valerie said...

Hi Bob,
I just re-read the WSJ article and it says this:

"In late 2006, Mr. Hanni launched Napa Seasoning Co. and a new product: Vignon, a condiment designed to balance flavor in food so that it pairs well with any wine. The product is a mixture including salt, lemon juice, soy sauce, shiitake-mushroom powder and Parmesan cheese. Developed by Mr. Hanni with a food scientist, chef and former seasoning executives, it is sold in some gourmet stores and Web sites for $6 for a 2.75-ounce bottle."

Christian the Apprentice said...

OH boy, this was way off, they said I'm sweet, but this isn't a personality test, so not sure where they got that from.

They said I like light, sweet low tanic wines, which is funny, because I am very much a complex and tanic wine person. Who knows, you got me to click on it.

Scotty said...

Yep, Bob was right (well I was close too). You've got sour and salty and a lot of things with glutamic acid. Love Umami!

Egaeus said...

They said I'm extra sensitive. Awwww, I think I'm going to cry...

I have my doubts about this test, especially since I don't drink coffee.

tyronebcookin said...

Hmmm, thought it was definitely interesting but not real sure if the outcome is really close to my wine preference.

But still, the site is interesting and worth having a look.

Jennie/Tikka said...

Worked great for me! The 3 wines it named are actually in my wine cabinet right now!

Linda said...

It said I was a tolerant taster but yuk, I hate Chardonnay! I want LOW sugar and buy mostly the wines of the sensitive taster. Although I drink plenty of reds, most whites are just too sweet. The best white I've had in years was a Langlois-Chateau Sancerre.

sjwoodin said...

Hi Bob,

The test was right on with the reds, and I don't drink enough white to know where it came out. Pretty interesting.