November 7, 2007
Put A Cork In It, Fella

Thanks to a tip from Andy Perdue, I now know the answer if anyone ever asks, "If you were a wine, what kind of wine would you be?" Intuitively, I long have been ready with a reply, and that would be zinfandel, simply because of longtime consumption. But now I have a more scientifically grounded answer, which is pinot noir. I have no quibble with that. While pinot noir is generally fickle, unpredictable and often a letdown, when it's at its best it's complex, strong and noble, and those aren't bad qualities.

In his blog, The Wine Knows, all about the Pacific Northwest wine community, Andy a few days ago posted a link to Vintage Sentiments, where another Washington state resident, Maureen Kelly, invites readers to take a quick test to define their wine personality. About an hour later, your wine profile appears in your email.

Kelly, who writes greeting cards, designs Web sites, teaches yoga, and leads Myers-Briggs seminars, also has written a book on wine personalities, "Wine Types: Discover Your Inner Grape," which she hopes to soon sell through

Also a consultant in human behavior, she says her wine profiling is based on Myers-Briggs principles, a personality questionnaire inspired by the research of Carl Gustav Jung, but that the results are to be taken lightly.

So what's a pinot-noir personality expected to be like? He or she is a visionary and perfectionist who can appear cool or aloof. Pinot noirs also prefer to be convinced; they're reluctant to accept claims on blind faith. Say, give that guy a gold medal.

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