We've all heard of matching wine to food, but how about matching wine to the group? M&C asked Michele Snock, a seasoned meeting planner, certified sommelier and founder of the Wine Events Connection (firstname.lastname@example.org), for her somewhat tongue-in-glass, er, -cheek tips (with adjectives used by professional wine tasters in italics).
Actors, models: hot wines with a higher percentages of alcohol, such as an overripe California Zinfandel
Athletes: a supple, well-structured wine such as a Richebourg Grand Cru
Computer geeks, sedentary types: flabby wines that lack an acidic backbone, like an over-the-top Australian Shiraz
Executives, VIPs: a perfectly balanced, stress-reducing Riesling Auslese Mosel
Rarefied women's club: a classic 1990 Chateau Margaux
Medical professionals: a complex, nuanced Williamette Valley Pinot Noir
Salespeople, lawyers: an aggressive young Rioja with big tannins that could use a few years to mellow out.