The way you drink your coffee can say a lot about your preference for fragrance, aroma, body, and acidity.
You can take those preferences and apply them to lots of other foods and drinks, including wine.
We asked Paolo Meregalli, owner of popular New York restaurant Mulino a Vino, to give us his wine recommendations based on how different people take their morning coffee.
Whether you like your coffee black, as an espresso, with a dose of sugar, or with a splash of milk, here are some wine styles to match your preferences.
For those who prefer black coffee, wines that have notes of spiciness, astringency, and acidity are the best choice.
Meregalli recommends Ruché, a red Italian grape variety that comes from the Piedmont region and has aromatic, dry, and fruity flavors. You could also try Cabernet Franc, known for its delectable spicy tones.
If those two don’t fit the bill, sip on Beaujolais nouveau, a light and earthy variety made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France.
Wines that have high tannins and hearty flavors complement the thick texture and strong bitterness of an espresso.
Espresso connoisseurs will enjoy Chianti wines of Tuscany, Italy, which exhibit bold flavors like cherry and tobacco. They might also like Médoc wines, full-bodied reds packed with tastes of chocolate and violet.
Marsanne wines produce scents of roasted nuts, pears, peaches, spices, and flowers.
Coffee with milk
Drinking coffee with milk indicates a preference for softer flavors. Meregalli says to go for aged wines that are smooth but low in acidity.
These include Chardonnay, Amarone (a rich and dry red wine with very little acid), Cabernet Sauvignon (a full-bodied red wine wih dark fruit flavors), or a super Tuscan wine. These are red wines that come from Tuscany but may include non-indigenous grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
Coffee with sugar
Not surprisingly, drinking coffee with sugar points to a preference for sweetness.
Meregalli recommends looking for wines like Riesling, Moscato, and Zinfandel that are rich in fruit flavors.
Meregalli has a bonus recommendation for tea drinkers, and dry and savory elements are the key players.
Sauvignon Blanc, known for offering consistently fresh and bright flavors, and Sangiovese, crisp blends with flavors ranging from plum to oak, should be the go-to choices.