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By Brittany Whelan
Red or white? Dry or sweet? Wait, if I’m drinking this, how can it be dry?
Navigating wine culture can be confusing — the places, the ages, the distant hints of traces of flavors that you might boil down to grape but another might find the tail end of summer in. This article isn’t about finding summer. It’s about developing your preferences, and what offers more convenience to vineyard wine tastings than wine delivery services? What better helps guesstimate these tastes than palate quizzes?
We’d like to hope so anyway. It’s why we decided to try out these five wine delivery service palate calculators, compare answers, and see how well they know their wine. Similarities? Yes. Surprises? Of course. I’m certainly no expert, but what I knew about myself before all of this was that I liked them sweet and mostly Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc. What I found out, you’ll find below.
Browse Winc’s wine delivery website on your own or get a little extra help from their palate quiz of six questions. This one was fun because you learn as much about wine as they learn about your preferences. What’s the connection between your taste in coffee or salty food and wine? See the explanations below!
Q: How do you take your coffee? Tell us about your preference for tannins in red wines. A: I don’t.
Q: How salty do you like your food? This tells us how much minerality you like in white wines. A: Like the taste but don’t seek it out.
Q: What are your thoughts on citrus? This tells us about how much acidity you’d prefer. A: I drink the occasional glass of OJ.
Q: Do you enjoy earthy flavors like mushrooms? This tells us about your preference for earthy, savory red wines. A: Not really my thing.
Q: How do you feel about berries? This helps us gauge your taste for fruit-forward red wines. A: Like these flavors, mostly as jam
Q: Do you prefer red or white wine? Tell us which mix of wines to recommend. A: Mostly white.
Winc Wine Delivery: Palate Quiz Recommendations
In order to see your results Winc requires you to continue with Google, a Facebook profile, or email address and date of birth. All options are able to be edited if you don’t agree with the suggestions. Here were mine.
In order to see your results Bright Cellars requires you to continue with Google, a Facebook profile, or by creating an official account with them. All options are able to be edited if you don’t agree with the suggestions, but any changes are permanent. Here are my original California recommendations with taste descriptors and the replacement for the wine I liked the least out of the four.
Colorfast, White Blend 2019 $20.00 honey, peach, white cherry, orange blossom
The Palate Club’s wine delivery service offers hundreds of selections from around the world. Build your own box, choose a blind tasting kit, or take a six question quiz to begin your monthly subscription. Here’s what my quiz looked like!
Hand-selected by a team of experts, First Leaf’s wine delivery service utilizes its thirteen question quiz as the starting point of your relationship with them. Receive an introductory box, rate the wines, and they’ll further refine the choices in your next subscription box to better complement your taste. Don’t need the quiz? Browsing their shelves on your own is also an option. Here’s how my quiz went!
Q: What type of wine would you like to drink? A: I used a slider to indicate a mostly white preference.
Q: How sweet do you like your wine? A: I used a slider to indicate a mostly sweet preference.
Q: Which of these staples of wine do you enjoy? Choose as many as you want. A: Oaky California Chardonnay, Italian Pinot Grigio, Sweet Riesling, White Moscato, Sweet Red Blends
Q: Which of these styles do you dislike? Choose as many as you want. A: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon Pinot Noir
Q: How adventurous are you when you look for wine? A: I used a slider to indicate slightly more on the boring side.
Q: Would you consider yourself a wine novice, a wine expert, or somewhere in-between? A: I used a slider to indicate somewhere in-between, but with a slight lean towards expert.
Q: Are you a fan of any of these wines? Choose as many as you want. A: Flowers Chardonnay, Barefoot Moscato
Q: Do you dislike any of these wines? A: Robert Mondavi Cabernet Savignon
Q: Which of these foods and drinks do you enjoy? Choose as many as you want. A: Key Lime Pie, Butter on everything, Lemonade so tart it burns, Pina Colada, Frappuccino w/ extra caramel
Q: Which of these foods and drinks do you dislike? Choose as many as you want. A: A bowl of almonds, Mushrooms, the funkier the better, Brined olives, Black coffee
Q: Which of these do you look for in a wine? Choose as many as you want. A: Buttery, Flowery, Fruity, Citrusy, Crisp
Q: Which of these do you avoid in wine? Choose as many as you want. A: Oaky, Bitter, Acidity
Q: How many bottles of wine do you drink a month? A: I used a slider to indicate 2-3.
First Leaf Wine Delivery: Palate Quiz Recommendations
In order to see your results, First Leaf requires an email address. Here are my recommendations, the retail price before First Leaf discounts, and the replacement for the wine I liked the least out of the six.
Verdon Estate, 2018 Chardonnay, California $13.99
Palatine, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California $13.99
Double T, MV Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $14.99
Chanmé Méchant, 2019 Grenache Blanc, Pays d’Oc, France $19.99
Linguist Estates, 2018 Chardonnay, Paso Robles, California $19.99