1Do you prefer light-, medium- or full-bodied red wines?
Light-bodied wines are approachable, pleasant to drink on their own, and not very astringent, in other words not very dry in the mouth. Be careful not to mix up light-bodied wines with sweet wines, which are wines that contain sugar. Medium-bodied wines are nicely balanced, not too light nor too strong. They're usually somewhat astringent, in other words somewhat dry in the mouth, and are highly looked upon for their versatility. Full-bodied wines are extremely flavourful, rich and structured. They're usually quite tannic, meaning that they feel dry in the mouth and offer an interesting persistance.
2Do you prefer red wines with subtle or intense fruit aromas?
3Do you enjoy red wines with woody notes?
4Do you enjoy red wines with spicy notes?
5Which is your favourite varietal?
Varietal describes the grape variety used to make the wine. Just like there are different types of apples, boasting unique tastes, there are various types of grapes. Each grape variety gives the finished wine distinct characteristics. Cabernet-Sauvignon is the darling varietal of France and the New World. It produces colourful, tannic and rather complex wines. Pinot Noir, found in Burgundy and in the New World, usually produces approachable wines, with flavours and aromas of summer fruit. Merlot, a staple in Bordeaux and the rest of the world, is a favourite of wine aficionados for its fruity taste and supple texture. Gamay produces light refreshing wines, with aromas of strawberry and raspberry. Think Beaujolais or Brouilly, for example.