The Best First Date Wines

We all know that dating is hard: the awkward silences, the nerves of the first kiss, the fear of flatulence in an intimate moment. Yes, dating is hard on so many fronts, including knowing what wine to order on the very first date. Perhaps you're at a nice restaurant and don't want to come across as having too rich of taste, hoping to stay away from the best vintages. Perhaps you're having a date over for dinner and want a bottle that is flavorful, but not too expensive. Perhaps you're out for just a drink and don't want to ruin your chances of next time going out for a dinner by getting too loopy from a wine with a high alcohol content. If you fall into any of the above categories, keep reading; this buzz is for you.

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Best Wines to Order for Dinner
Glasses of wine at restaurants can range from five or six dollars, to eleven or twelve dollars or more. On the first date, you may simply look at the prices when ordering and let that dictate your decision, choosing a glass in the lower range. However, you don't want to order a wine you won't enjoy drinking, that defeats the purpose of ordering wine to begin with.

Instead, order a wine that you think you'll like, but one that is not at the top of the price range. If you are enjoying a steak or a red sauce pasta, try ordering a decent priced Italian Cabernet Franc or a Pinot Noir from Oregon or California. If you are enjoying chicken or a white sauced pasta, try ordering a moderately priced German Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Don't start off just yet ordering the 1995 Chteau Margaux to go with your lobster. You see, we build to that.

Best Bottles to Buy

When inviting your date over for dinner, there are essentials you need to purchase: candles, a bottle of wine, and a vacuum cleaner (if you don't already have one). As far as the bottle of wine is concerned, you don't want to go too overboard, and present a 200 dollar bottle of Champagne, nor do you want to purchase a bottle that may be too much of an acquired taste, such as Sake. You also don't want to purchase a really full bodied wine that might be hard on your date's palate or a dessert wine that is sweeter than, well, your own lov'in.

Instead, purchase wines that are moderately priced, and genuinely well accepted. If you are serving a red dish, try a Yellow Tail Shiraz, an Australian wine that usually sells for around eight dollars or a Castle Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet, a Washington Wine that sells for around eleven or twelve dollars. If you are serving a white dish, try a Spellbound Chardonnay, a California wine that goes for under 20 dollars, or a Clean Slate Riesling, a German wine that goes for around 13 dollars. Buy a smaller bottle rather than a large one; once you open it, you will have to drink the contents within a few days to avoid spoilage. Plus, if you finish the wine, you can always use the empty container to play Spin the Bottle. It's a corner stone of romance.

Best Wines to Order When Just Going Out for a Drink

Minus the disclosure of a prior sex change operation, there are few things that will ruin a date faster than getting unbelievably drunk and performing the Macarena atop the restaurant bar. On your first date, it's important to stay on your best behavior and stay away from wines with high alcohol content.

To avoid any potentially date-killing performances, avoid wines that are dessert wines, sparkling wines, or fortified wines: avoid the Sherry's, the Ice Wines, the Champagnes, and the Ports. Instead, fill your glasses with Pinot Noir, a Shiraz, a Zinfandel, a Chardonnay, or a Pinot Gris.

Dating - taking its cue from life - has no guarantees, but knowing the best wines to order on your first date may be the initial step in turning your first date into a second one.

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  • Scott says
    A policeman signals to a car driver to pull over to the side of the road, due to the fact that he appears to be driving erratically. He says to the driver, "You appear to have been drinking!"
    The driver answers, "No sir, I am just tired."
    The policeman looks into the car and notices that the driver is a priest! He also notices that there is an empty bottle on the floor. He says to the driver, "What is, or should I say was in this bottle?
    The driver answers, "Water!"
    The policeman says, "It is not, it's wine!"
    The driver looks up to the heavens and says, "Oh Lord, you have done it again!"
  • barnes10 says
    if you really want to impress her order some expensive wine (maybe check out the wine menu the day before and do some research)...

    Howver if you just want some sweet swett loving just buy the cheapest (and lots of it!)
  • Prettyboy says
    most blokes don't drink wine or go to fancy dates to fancy restuarants, let me reword that, most blokes in the Hutt Valley don't don't drink wine or go to fancy dates to fancy restuarants.

    give me a bottle of beer or woodstock and BK anyday. hahahahhahaha

  • Michael says
    I dont think choosing the "wrong" wine would make your date disasterous and price dont always dictate the quality of wine either (some good tasting wine are cheap and some expensive wine taste like crap). Given that us blokes are less likely to drink and appreciate wine, it's probably easier to just let your date choose the wine she likes (within reasonable price range of course)
  • mike says
    My advise is to check out the wine list before the date starts, find out early on in the date what both you and your dates likes and order 2 glasses of what your date wants (hopefully you like the same) & then the next glass for you order what you like and see if your date would like to try some. Price should not be a barrier to a good time.
  • lette says
    Wone can make a date seem a blur and he looks 5 times better than he really is in the cold light of soberdom :)
  • shiny says
    A fantastic red which is nice on lips and goes down easiest would be my pick
  • Marley says
    I love a nice Sav. Love a date night!!!
  • Jeremy says
    MMM, Red wine and a deace pad thai would go down a treat for a first date in my books!
  • Doug says
    Some dont drink wine, well my partner doesnt, So sometimes its best to ask first instead of just ordering.

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