Tonight's the big night. You looked forward to this date for the whole week and now you need to bring your A-game.
You checked out the new Italian restaurants that are just hip enough to make you look cool and in-the-know. Because after all, you need to make a great first impression: funny, smart, nice enough, but not too boring.
Oh god, but how?!
Calm down. The one thing that we’ve always been told is to be ourselves. After all, you want your date to get to know the real you (well, save a little of that mystery for the next date!)... Right? Sort of?
To help you let your best traits shine through, we’ve come up with a list of wines choices that best represent your personality. Instead of stumbling through awkward small-talk, let your date experience who you are through the wine.
After all, wine is your best wingman here. So read on to learn wines to drink on a first date.
What does your wine choice say about you? (Photo courtesy of Mary Ann DeSantis)
You’ve made it to your dinner date and the both of you are looking smashing. So without any further ado, let’s look at tonight’s wine menu and pick out the best wines to drink on your first date.
Champagne / Sparkling Wine
Traits: Lively and bubbly
What do we do when we celebrate? We pop open the Champagnes or sparkling wines! If you’re someone with a big personality who likes being the life of the party, this is your kind of wine.
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman bonding over some bubbly (photo courtesy of Express)
These wines can illuminate your night with their fresh acidity, electrify your palate with their fine stream of bubbles, and spark up that conversation you’ll be sharing with your date throughout the night.
Taste the stars together and watch them twinkle in your date’s eyes. Choose a charmat method sparkling wine like a Prosecco if you’re a modernist or a Methodé Traditionelle or Champagne if you’re a traditionalist.
Sauvignon Blanc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah
Traits: Confident and bold
Are you someone who loves adventure and believes that you can achieve anything you put your mind to? If you answered yes, then pick one of these wines because, like you, they make an unforgettable first impression with their powerful personalities.
The herbaceous notes of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon and the peppery notes of Syrah will hit you like a morning ocean breeze.
I see sparks fly when you smile.
Here's a snapshot of what happens when you drink these wines:
Oozing with confidence, you paddle out to the ocean and prop yourself up on your surfboard. Your date is speechless and is mesmerised by your adventurous nature. You make surfing look so easy, and their curiosity for you grows while you ride that barrel wave.
Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Traits: Elegant yet down to earth
Do you have a Chardonnay or a Pinot Noir personality?
If you are someone who is graceful, stylish and poised at all times and can remain sensible and realistic, then pick a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir wine. Chardonnay, like you, is level-headed and reasonable like the stoics of ancient Greece and Rome.
Chardonnay is considered relatively easy to cultivate where it takes on the impressions of its surroundings and winemaking. Pinot Noir is a more delicate variety that needs a little TLC, but offers magnificent returns.
Riesling / Rosé
Traits: Easy going and adaptable
Riesling is an extremely versatile grape as it can be made into various wine styles – dry, off-dry and sweet. They typically also have high acidity which makes them one of the few white wines that can be aged long term if desired. Rosé styles, much like Riesling, also range from dry to sweet.
Roses are red, violets are blue, hey I like you. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)
If you’re a person who adapts easily to new environments and able to go with the flow, these wines will speak to you. Flexibility and malleability runs in your blood and you can make the most out of any situation.
White / Red Blend
Traits: A bit of everything
Can’t exactly pinpoint yourself to one specific trait? You’re probably a mixture of the wines above. White or red blends have some characteristics of the varieties they are made from, but because they are a combination of varieties, they harmoniously produce a wine that is one-of-a-kind.
When the situation gets chaotic, you embrace the situation with full confidence and boldness, like Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. But once you have things under control, you radiate like the Sun and exude a structured yet warm demeanor, grasping everyone’s attention like a magnet drawing in iron.
Traits: Noble and sweet
The power of kindness (Photo courtesy of Pinterest)
If you are kind, gracious, tender, understanding and forgiving, you’re one with a sweet nature.
You bring out the best in yourself regardless of the situation and you’re capable of hanging in there, much like the grapes left to hang on the vines to let noble rot to set in for botrytised dessert wines.
A prized gem, you choose to love in the midst of harsh times and affect everyone to increase their kindness in this sometimes difficult world. A true heart of gold.
So how did that date go? Did you two choose the same wine to drink on your first date? Or did you have different wine personalities? At least you know which wine to drink on a first date.
Leave us a comment so we know what you think is the best wine for first dates!