What wine should you really drink when your mother-in-law comes to visit? Experts reveal the ideal tipple for any activity - even binge-watching a TV show

Any wine lover worth their salt can tell you that a chilled glass of white is delicious with fish, while a plummy red works better with steak.

But did you know you can also now match your favourite tipple to your mood, or activity?

A study of 2,000 wine experts has come up with the grape varieties they deem best for what's in your diary, rather than on your plate.

So a medium-bodied Rioja was considered ideal for binge-watching a TV show, while Pinot Grigio won the vote for unwinding after a long day at work.

But in these modern times, there are surely myriad other occasions we could do with their guidance. Here Bella Battle offers a light-hearted take on a few more of the perfect pairings for our increasingly frazzled world…

The Florensac Picpoul de Pinet Selection 'Patience' has a sharp and acidic taste with a salty edge and costs £19.99

The Florensac Picpoul de Pinet Selection 'Patience' has a sharp and acidic taste with a salty edge and costs £19.99

Take the edge off the in-laws

The occasion: Your mother-in-law is coming to stay for the weekend.

The wine: Florensac Picpoul de Pinet Selection 'Patience', £19.99 (wickhamwine.co.uk)

Tasting notes: Sharp and acidic with a salty edge (remind you of anyone?), this mouthwatering white from the Languedoc region has seen a surge in popularity in the last few years.

'Picpoul' means 'lip stinger' in French, and the wine is so named because of its zingy taste. You'll be tempted to come up with a few tart responses yourself as the 'Is that really how you iron your sheets?' criticism falls thick and fast, but patience is advised. Reach for a glass (top up as required) of this refreshing Patience cuvee.

This dry Sturmwolken Riesling will set you back £7 - and is perfect for when you're in the mood to offload the spring cleaning to the rest of the family

This dry Sturmwolken Riesling will set you back £7 - and is perfect for when you're in the mood to offload the spring cleaning to the rest of the family

Hoover-up a reliable riesling

The occasion: You need the whole family on side to tidy the house.

The wine: Sturmwolken Riesling, £7 (sainsburys.co.uk)

Tasting notes: It's Saturday and the dishwasher needs emptying, the sheets need changing and every room in the house needs a bloody good tidy.

Enter a reluctant mob who think all of the above is Mum's job. You'll need rigorous discipline and disarming sweetness to get them grafting — time for a German Riesling!

This one is on the drier side but then 'Sturmwolken' means 'storm clouds'. Sip freely and impress upon your brood that heavy weather is indeed coming — if they don't cooperate.

A study of 2,000 wine experts found that, on top of the food you eat, you can match a favourite tipple to your mood or activity

A study of 2,000 wine experts found that, on top of the food you eat, you can match a favourite tipple to your mood or activity

Turn the tables on bureaucracy

The occasion: You wish to book a doctor's appointment or query your council tax.

The wine: Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rose, £17.99 (waitrose.com)

Tasting notes: Silky but with a persistent finish, Whispering Angel is surely the wine to help coax miracles on the phone in the face of mindless bureaucracy. Put on hold for 20 minutes? Told your account doesn't seem to exist?

Gulp great draughts of this refreshing rosé — mmm, is that grapefruit I can taste? — and use your most persuasive, calm voice to get results in the bitter end.

Co-op's Australian Lime Tree Merlot is soothing, velvety and like a hug from a warm blanket - and reassuringly affordable at £6 a bottle, too

Co-op's Australian Lime Tree Merlot is soothing, velvety and like a hug from a warm blanket - and reassuringly affordable at £6 a bottle, too

Take comfort in an affordable tipple

The occasion: It's time to open your quarterly heating bill.

The wine: Co-op Australian Lime Tree Merlot, £6 (coop.co.uk)

Tasting notes: Soothing, velvety and reassuringly affordable, the right Merlot is like a hug from a warm blanket.

But then, a blanket is something you should have reached for back in January, instead of routinely cranking up the thermostat with a devil-may-care cackle. But now it's time to pay the piper — tear open that envelope with a glass of this comforting Australian red, and greet penury like an old friend.

This £20 Miraval Provence Rose proves there is no need for sour grapes when such an elegant, aromatic and citrusy wine exists

This £20 Miraval Provence Rose proves there is no need for sour grapes when such an elegant, aromatic and citrusy wine exists

When life gives you sour grapes

The occasion: After months of misery, your divorce finally comes through.

The wine: Miraval Provence Rose, £20 (tesco.com)

Tasting notes: If there's one thing Angelina Jolie knows more about than divorce — three so far — it's rosé. She and ex Brad Pitt bought the 1,300-acre Miraval estate in 2008, and it has since been voted 'the most desirable Provence rosé in the world'.

You may not feel so desirable yourself at the moment, but there's no need for sour grapes. Celebrate your freedom with a glass that's elegant, aromatic and deliciously citrusy.

A little tart, perhaps, but let's not bring your ex's new girlfriend into it, eh?

When your teenage daughter brings her first boyfriend home, make sure to keep this 19 Crimes Sauvignon Blanc at arm's reach

When your teenage daughter brings her first boyfriend home, make sure to keep this 19 Crimes Sauvignon Blanc at arm's reach

Staying cool about young love

The occasion: Your teenage daughter brings home her first boyfriend.

The wine: 19 Crimes Sauvignon Blanc, £9.50 (asda.com)

Tasting notes: All you know about your 16-year-old's new boyfriend is that he's into gaming and got suspended last term. You want to bar the door but must instead keep a cool head while he sprawls on your sofa with a hand on your precious child's thigh.

A crisp yet mellow Sauvignon Blanc — also defined by in-your-face aromas and best enjoyed when young — is the ticket. 19 Crimes, the name a nod to the transportation of British convicts to Australia, should give you the perspective you need.

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