First dates are nerve wracking enough without having to worry about what wine to choose to impress your potential “Ms. or Mr. Right”.
One of the great things about wine on a date is that one bottle is the perfect amount, normally about five glasses. If shared equally it’s unlikely that you’ll fall off your chair drunk after half a bottle!
However, there are some other social sins that should be avoided when choosing wine on a date:
First, you need to decide whether you want white, red, rosé or sparkling wine. This is probably the most important decision.
As a general rule, red wine is more of an acquired taste and it can be harder to choose a good red. Therefore, when you don’t know your companion’s tastes it’s probably smart to steer clear of the red wine section.
Sparkling wine can make you seem a bit pretentious, or if you go for a cheaper version, you’ll come across as being cheap, and you don’t want that.
If you’re not sure whether your companion likes wine at all, rosé wine is a safe option, as it doesn’t have the sharpness that people usually dislike a wine.
How Much to Spend?
Remember, more money doesn’t always mean more quality. If you’re very new to wine, go for a house white. A house white is unlikely to be extremely unusual, but it’s almost always perfectly drinkable. For this reason it’s a safe, middle of the road option.
If you want to impress your date, look for something other than the house white, but keep away from extremes until you know your companion a little better, so don’t go for bone dry whites.
Instead, opt for a fruity dry wine that appeals to those who like both dry and medium whites.
While neutral wines may seem like a bit of a cop-out, keep in mind that you simply want a drinkable wine that doesn’t offend.
If you’re really not sure what to choose, why not offer your companion a choice of glasses as an starter while you have a beer. This way you can judge your companion’s tastes. Even if they select a spirit, you can still get a measure of whether they prefer sweet or dry wines.
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