Vino for the First Date
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You’re on a first date with the perfect person – not only are they attractive, they also meet all of your “must haves.” Then, suddenly, you’re presented with the wine list.

This is arguably a major moment on your first of many dinner dates. You want to impress your potential partner, but with so many caveats surrounding an individual’s wine palate, ordering the perfect glass of vino is necessary.

Fear not, the dating experts at WhatsYourPrice have you covered.

A first date wine should make a good impression, so you want to order something complex and interesting but still palatable. Wine can be an interesting and easy conversation starter: casually mention that you’re into reds or whites, and see what your date thinks about it.

If you’re into whites, you may want to order something casually palatable. Although a favorite among connoisseurs, many fairweather drinkers consider Chardonnay to be too oaky. A great alternative to Chardonnay, without getting too sweet, is Pinot Grigio.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is considered to be one of the most popular among the family of white wines. Pinot Grigio is light, crisp, and dry with flavors of citrus and honeyed spices. Pinot Grigio is a versatile white, which is why it’s to be recommended for almost any first date situation. Furthermore, Pinot Grigio pairs well with almost any spicy dish – making it a must-have if you’re dining at your favorite Thai or Chinese eatery!

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine with dark fruit flavors and savory tastes. Cabernet Sauvignon is more complex and layered than many table red wines available, which will give your date the impression that you know more than you might. “Cabernet Sauv” pairs well with hearty and rich dishes so be sure to request it when dining at a steak or seafood house.

Whether it’s a rich red or a light white – ultimately the first date is a time for two singles to indulge in a moment with one another. There are a number of wonderful wines out there. If Pinot Grigio or Cabernet Sauvignon don’t appeal to your palate, then consult your server – they’ll be sure to provide a thoughtful recommendation!
What do you like to drink on a first date?

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4 Responses to “Vino for the First Date”

  1. Tom says:

    OMG. That is the worst advice.
    Important is the right wine to the food.
    Pinot Gri or Chardonnay says one thing: I do not know anything but do not want something wrong.

    depending on the food it could be a Riesling or a Silvaner and for main and beef or venison an ages Bordeaux well and for Dessert a Sauternes best a Chateau d’Yquem.

    But for all wines the year is important.

    It is not a fault to get a recommendation from the the Sommelier.

  2. Yvonne says:


  3. Emma says:

    This is truly bad advice. The main thing is, you should always consult your date! Even though red wine is the staple for red meat, I can’t stand most red wines, unless it is a sweeter table wine. I agree with the previous comment. Pinot Grigio is for sorority girls and Cab Sauv is best used for cooking stews. Ordering a wine based on region is even better because it shows that you know SOMEthing about wine (What sort of Italian wines do you have?) my personal favorite no matter the meal is an Italian or Australian moscato. For steak I prefer a red wine sold exclusively in the Michigan wine region. Wine is completely about personal preference; consult your date, it will provide good conversation.

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