Taking an Online Wine Quiz. Do the Tests Work?
For a drink made from fermented grapes, wine is a surprisingly complex concoction. Pinning down how it works with your senses and palate is like mastering a Rubik's Cube. It is more than just the taste. A wine can spur a sensory overload with its look, taste, and smell. It even takes some processing on your end to crunch the numbers, thin-slice the data, and determine a simple answer of if you liked it or not. I've got a red wine headache just thinking about it.
Every wine website comes with their own simple solution, an online quiz to determine your stylistic interests and match you up with wine varieties. But are they really able to accurately nail down your palate? How do the various online wine quiz tests match up with each other?
Well, let’s look into a few of the wine quiz options and see if you fit nicely inside their wine boxes.
Wine Taste Test
Let's first get down to the science of wine. I'm not sure if you know this, but the flavor of wine isn't detected by your taste buds. It's determined by some nervous tissue in your nasal passage. Wine's complexity also produces over 400 aroma compounds that hit your senses and make their way from the glass and tongue up to where your brain meets your nose. Check out this guy acting out what I just described.
Why take a wine quiz anyway? Maybe it’s just for fun. Or maybe you have a legitimate reason instead of pure curiosity—you’re having a hard time deciding on a wine. Well, I've got news for you. There are plenty of wine quizzes out there that'll test your wine senses and make recommendations. We're also in the wine quiz business and have our own Yahyn wine palate test here.
So, what's it like to take a wine quiz? Going through the process is like being asked the most random questions you could imagine. Every company has a different (and often hilarious) way of asking you questions that really just determine a few factors that are really important to wine. And how those flavors jive with your taste buds.
Like your coffee black? You probably enjoy more acidic wines. Sweet or tangy? Dry or tart? You see where I’m going with this. But does knowing these key indicators honestly present you with a wonderful wine at the end? Let's get down to it and check a few of them out.
Now, don’t get me started about the wine tasting junk science analysis. Results of wine tasting competitions are wildly inconsistent. And these aren’t amateur judges, either. They are winemakers, industry professionals, sommeliers, and wine critics. But that's besides the point. Let's get back to the wine quiz tests out there.
**Please note that most of these do require an email address to view your results**
Good Pair Days is a short and fun quiz with questions about flavors that you prefer. They ask about chocolates, coffee/tea, and if you're adventurous.
Bright Cellars asks about your favorite candy, drink, and if you are adventurous.
MyWineTribe is a little longer and asks you favorite dish (spicy?), tea, beer preference, adventurous, cheese flavors, chocolate lover, and favorite fruit.
Yahyn's wine quiz is like the other choices, but with an additional step. Our secret sauce of having a chemist analyze our varieties of wines to determine which ones will match up with your palate. And if we don't nail it with that, we've got Yahyn sommeliers at your fingertips.
Test Results May Vary
What did I score on my wine quiz tests? Glad you asked. Here are two of my results from a couple of online wine quizzes. As you can see, MyWineTribe was definitely the most thorough!
Left Bank Bordeaux - You're a wine drinker with Old World tastes, and your preferences indicate you'd enjoy a nice Bordeaux from the Left Bank. With its base of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine should deliver the flavors your answers indicate you enjoy. You should also try Rioja from Spain.
You got: Try a New Zealand sauvignon blanc! - This is zesty and fun. Like a party on a freshly mowed lawn – you'll want to bust out your sandals and sunglasses. Great with seafood.
The Developed Tribe - Flavor is the name of the game for you. You don’t mind exploring new foods and wines and like to cook with lots of herbs and spices. Your refined palate helps you appreciate a variety of tastes. Whether it’s aged cheddar, grilled steak with a spicy marinade or dark chocolate, you’re in. But you do have your limits—you’re not the one eating raw horseradish until you cry. Red is your wine of choice and you gravitate toward dry, medium- or full-bodied examples with balanced acids, tannins and alcohol, such as Merlot, Montepulciano or Zinfandel. When the situation calls for white wine, go dry with Spanish Albariño, French Chenin Blanc or Riesling from the Rheingau region of Germany.