The Personality-Driven Guide to Wine


Chances are if you’ve ever idly surfed the Internet, you have taken a personality type questionnaire (a la Myer-Briggs) to determine your four-lettered personality type based on your agreement with statements like, “You frequently express your feelings and emotions” or “You are usually the first to react to a sudden event, such as the telephone ringing or unexpected question.” Based on Jungian theory, Katharine Cook Briggs and
Isabel Briggs Myers’ personality test, known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, sorts people into these categories with the intent of maximizing their decision-making and ability to work with others.

Recently, intrepid netizens have even put this test to entertaining
use in determining the personality types of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey characters. And now the geniuses at the Vinolovers wine club are applying Myers Briggs in the
most practical (and lucrative) way yet—pairing personality types with certain wines. It’s like a sommelier pairing the perfect alcoholic grape juice to pair with your meal, only way more narcissistic.

So which wine below pairs with your personality? I am an INTJ (Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judgment) and am thus best suited to Chianti apparently. And though I’ve preferred Malbec up to this point, I like the idea of drinking the same wine that Hannibal Lecter prefers to assert my identity as an “original thinker.”

Key: E (Extraversion) or I (Introversion); S (Sensing) or N (INtuition); T (Thinking) or F (Feeling); J (Judging) or P (Perceiving)

ISTJ – California Chardonnay

ISFJ – Pinot Grigio

INFJ – Cabernet Franc

INTJ – Chianti

ISTP – Malbec

ISFP – Pinot Noir

INFP – Riesling

INTP – Grenache

ESTP – Sauvignon Blanc

ESFP – Sangria

ENFP – Champagne

ENTP – Shiraz/Syrah

ESTJ – Cabernet Sauvignon

ESFJ – Merlot

ENFJ – Rose

ENTJ – Nebbiolo

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