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Wine Pairing Guide: Match Your Wine to Your Mood

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We drink wine to celebrate special occasions. Maybe you got that promotion you’ve waited for for a long time. Or that person you’ve been pining for has finally reciprocated your feelings. A nice bottle of wine seals the deal.

But sometimes, you don’t need anything special to happen to reward yourself with a glass or two of your favorite drink. You simply feel like popping open that precious bottle sitting in your makeshift wine cellar. And there’s no shame in it too.

Now, did you know that you can actually pair your mood with a bottle of wine? Yes, depending on how you feel on a given day, there’s a perfect kind of wine for it. And there’s text to support it, too, so, no, it’s not just some wine marketing hullabaloo.

Here are some examples of wine and mood pairings.

  1. Happy

Feeling like you’re the king (or queen for that matter) of the world? Do not let your cheery mood crash against an iceberg and sink prematurely. Prolong that joy for as long as you can with a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose.


This pink wine removes unnecessary bitterness in the world, thanks to how roses are processed. What makers of this wine do is remove the grape skins early on during the aging process, leaving a sweet taste of goodness. And with your happy and bubbly mood, the more that you’ll be enjoying this drink.

You can also do Prosecco. Let its fizzy taste in your mouth tickle your taste buds to bliss.


  1. Relaxed

Down to chill? Stream The Big Lebowski on Netflix and pop open a bottle of Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Pinot Noir. 


With every fruity sip, you will feel your muscles releasing tension. Every glass of this rich wine will quiet that persistently active voice in your head.

By the end of a bottle, you will be chanting Jai guru deva om ala Fiona Apple. You might even make the lifestyle choice of staying in your jammies forever.


  1. Playful


If you’re feeling naughty and you think you can get away with any conceivable mischief, bring out that Azienda Agricola Falletto Barbaresco bottle you’ve been saving for a cheeky night with your theoretical significant other.

Barbaresco is sweet, with hints of floral flavors. That goes without saying that this wine’s rough around the edges, which makes it perfect for your playful mood.


  1. Sad

It’s unavoidable. Sometimes you would feel like the universe has gone out of its way to make your day stink. Feeling as if nothing could cheer you up, you decide to curl up on your couch or bed. And yet, that depressed feeling just won’t go away.


Such a day calls for a more potent red wine that can reawaken the blood in your veins and make your face flush fast. We’re talking about a bottle of Sordo Barolo Riserva Rocche di Casteglione.

While you’re at it, you may want to indulge yourself with a warm bath. Spend the next hour or so in the tub, allowing the warm water to soothe your mind, body, and soul with every sip of that oh-so-delicious Barolo.

Slowly, you’ll forget about all your stresses as your mind starts to focus on how good the quality of the wine is. Then you’ll feel more relaxed and ready for a good night’s sleep in no time. And when you wake up the next day, you’ll be your old cheerful self once again.

For best results, decant the wine for three hours and keep the serving temperature at 18°C degrees.


  1. Carefree

Have you run out of cares to give? If you feel like everything’s beyond your control and you’ve surrendered your faith to Spanish wines and German stoicism, you can’t go wrong with a Menade Sauvignon Blanc.


Made from 100 percent organic sauvignon blanc grapes, this bottle of wine will make you feel like you’re Hegel’s direct descendant. It balances both fruitiness and intensity, which is perfect for when you have a supply of seafood in the fridge.

And oh, in case you were wondering about the whippet on the label, it’s a representation of a typical dog roaming around the pet-friendly streets of Castilla y León.


  1. Bored

You’re neither happy nor sad. Not quite carefree but not that relaxed either. You are probably bored, and for boredom, there’s Bread & Butter Chardonnay.


Chardonnay is what you drink when you don’t want to commit to wine drinking fully, but you’re willing to do so until supplies last. There’s a reason why Chardonnay remains one of the most famous wine options in the world. It’s fun to drink, but it still does the job alcoholic beverages are supposed to do. This zesty wine will surely cure your boredom.


  1. Angry


Anger is never a healthy emotion. But we’re no angels, and sometimes, some people or situations can’t help but push our buttons. If you feel like you’re on the verge of blowing a fuse, open a bottle of champagne instead.

This sparkling wine is 100 percent Chardonnay, so expect that signature dry wine taste with a full-bodied, buttery flavor. Upon your first sip, you’ll be reminded of the best New Year’s Eve of your life. Let your body mirror the wine’s bubbliness.


  1. Thoughtful

You are neither bored nor sad, although you look like it. You’re probably feeling a little pensive. Nurture that mood with a bottle of Forvm Merlot. The color of this wine will reflect the intensity of your thoughts. After downing a bottle, who knows? You might have written the next important economic manifesto in your head.


The Perfect Wine for Every Mood

Drinking wine has long been associated with various health benefits. While it’s always comforting to know any information that affirms your life choices, sometimes, for an avid wine drinker, there’s no need for them.

You drink wine because it tastes fantastic. Plus, it makes you feel good. Those are valid enough reasons. And now that you know these perfect mood-and-wine pairings, you’re in for a stunning adventure. By all means, enjoy!


Author Bio:

Author: Raichelle Carpio

Raichelle Carpio is retail assistant manager at Txanton Philippines. She obtained her Sommelier license with WSET2 by late 2018 and has been working in the hospitality industry over the past 10 years. Her exceptional skills have driven her to the top and the truth is she has a real passion for premium gastronomy, beverage and service.

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