What kind of wine you buy says a lot about who you are (there’s science to prove it!). Love a full-bodied Chardonnay? You tend to be decisive and a more linear thinker. Crave a sweet White Zinfandel? You’re probably pretty picky.
But, we don’t need a scientist to tell us that most wine-lovers are also animal-lovers (you’ve heard of cat wine, right? Google “Pinot Meow” and “MosCATo”you won’t be disappointed).
So, in the spirit of the Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight on July 27, we compiled this test to tell you what zoo animal best matches your personality based on your favorite vino using Tim Hanni’s vinotype theory.
(Psst! If you buy tickets to the Tasting Flight, you can sip your favorite wines AND meet your spirit animal. Win-win!).
If you prefer Sauvignon Blanc
You’re a sloth bear! Baloo, the bear from The Jungle Book, was inspired by the ancestors of Deemak and Kartick, the adorable sloth bear cubs at Woodland Park Zoo. Sloth bears are adventurous animals that love to climb trees for honey (they’re also known as honey bears), and their lack of front teeth make it easy to slurp up termites. If you’re a Sauvignon Blanc sipper, you’re in the “sensitive” category of Hanni’s vinotype theory, meaning you (like the honey bear) have a diverse palate and ability to embrace the environment around you. You tend to be more free-spirited, too. In other words, you just have a few “Bare Necessities” when picking wine.
If you prefer Sangria
You’re a gorilla! Yola, the mischievous and curious 2-year-old gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo, is playful and spunky, just like your fellow “sweet” vinotypes. It’s been shown that those who enjoy “dessert” wines or fruity bubbly are impulsive social butterflies, just like Yola, who loves spending time with her mom, Nadiri and her aunt, Akenji. And when it comes to family, there’s no monkey business here. Gorillas are fiercely loyal—just like Sangria drinkers are to their sweet wines.
If you prefer Merlot
You’re a hornbill! Known as the builders of the rainforest, hornbills, like Woodland Park Zoo’s Blueberry, are considered a keystone species. As forests are cleared for agricultural uses and illegal logging, these magnificent birds are increasingly under threat. And just like Hanni’s “tolerant” vinotype, momma hornbills are definitive, smart thinkers by building their nests in the holes of trees—and just like you, they love that “oaky” taste and smell.
If you prefer Riesling
You’re a rhino! Meet Taj and Glenn, Woodland Park Zoo’s greater one-horned rhinos. These big guys are primarily solitary, and males tend to be fiercely territorial. According to Hanni’s vinotype theory, Riesling lovers are more toward the top end of the scale regarding their sensory sensitivity (specifically in the “hypersensitive” category). You’re a lone ranger who knows what they like, and you’ll do anything to protect your cup of grapes.
The Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight takes place on July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission includes 10 tastings from more than 60 wineries, full bottles available for purchase, animal encounters, access to award-winning animal exhibits, and more! Buy tickets and see participating wineries at www.zoo.org/tastingflight.