Being a woman and one that loves wine at that, I’ve come to realize that there are more than a few similarities between types of wine and types of women. In fact, I’ve found more similarities between wine and women than between men and women. Go figure. Speaking of figure, who doesn’t love a great pair of legs? This is just the beginning of attributes that apply to both wine and women.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON: the business professional
All about business, a solid example will illustrate layers of structure fortified by high quality fruits of labor. If you are looking for something playful, look elsewhere. With a tannic backbone, this one sits up straight with no slouching. A well defined composition makes this wine and woman dependable for most serious tasks, yet versatile with the ability to multi-task with efficiency. If Cabernet Sauvignon were a woman, she might be Oprah Winfrey.
MERLOT: the friendly gal
While royal in respect to its caliber of character, this type is approachable by adored many. A joy to engage with, the woman and the wine have a polite personality and a delightful disposition. This easy going companion is a pleaser when it comes to people and palates as well. Ready to offer comfort and warmth to all, this one is always agreeable with a congenial character. There is no better example of a Merlot style wine than Princess Diana.
ZINFANDEL: the other woman
Where there are those who couldn’t be happier with Cabernet Sauvignon, others feel something is lacking in that relationship and seek something a bit spicier. Here enters Zinfandel (aka: the other woman). All the same traits as Cabernet, but with a spicy, peppery side that adds excitement in a way Cabernet cannot. This wine can be dangerous to well established relationships with Cabernet. Here enters the women equivalents that range from Monica Lewinsky to Marilyn Monroe.
PINOT NOIR: the elegant lady
The very definition of elegance, Pinot Noir is a woman of refined style and timeless beauty. Seductive with singular style, she unveils feminine layers of grace with undeniable distinction. Charming in all ways, this one makes men fall to their knees and beg for another taste. Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie are the most breathtaking examples. Their beauty is not only seen onscreen but offscreen as well. Both were ambassadors for the UN and known for their philanthropic generosity not bound by borders.
While types of wine and women differ, what remains the same is the element of beauty. It exists in many different shapes and forms and is found in the eye (or on the palate) of the beholder. So, the next time you see a woman or sip a wine, behold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Allie Merrick is the co-host of My Wine Words (www.mywinewords.com), the NW Wine Correspondent for Northwest Wines To You and creative contractor under her own label Allie Merrick Inc (www.alliemerrickinc.com).