Top 5 Wine Choices for the Perfect First Date


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The below are The Guy’s Grape recommendations on wines that will not fail you on your first date. Nothing is worse than ordering a bottle of wine, and it sucks, is warm, and taste like the red “cherry” medicine our moms force fed us when we were sick. The worse part of ordering a bad bottle of wine on a first date is that you look bad if you choose it … and then you have to act like you enjoy it.

Here are some wines you typically can’t go wrong with:

1. Chianti – typically on every wine list. It isn’t too bold or light and has a neutral balance to it which goes with a lot of meals!

  • CAUTION: If your date says she like sweet, do not choose a Chianti. This grape typically runs quite dry.

2. Pinot Noir – light, fruit forward and typically has a nice soft, light cherry finish.

  • CAUTION: Pinot Noir is such a common pick that it might come across as “non-adventurous” or vanilla.

3. Rioja – If you know that first date likes spicy food, and/or they are a bit more of the adventurous type, you can’t go wrong with a Rioja.

  • CAUTION: Rioja’s are typically Dry and Spicy with a bold body. It could be considered a risky choice. If the date is typical valley girl or a basic, not a good choice.

4. Sancerre – Crisp, green apple, with a soft finish is very good for seafood and if the date is a fan of white. If the date typically likes Sav Blanc but is looking to try something else, I would recommend a Sancerre.

  • CAUTION: Some Sancerre’s can be a bit tart with an over-bearing grapefruit/green apple taste. If you can try first, highly recommend asking

5. Albarino – Similar to the Rioja but for white. This an outstanding alternative for a crisp white with a twist.

  • CAUTION: None

Hoping this helps everyone going on their first date and how to choose the right wine!


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