How to Order Wine Like a Boss
The only thing worse than a blind date is when your date is just as familiar with the wine list as he is with you.
Knowing your way around a wine list (or having the ability to at least give a convincing performance) is as important on a first date as it is when schmoozing new clients or meeting the in-laws. Let’s face it, at our age the sommelier skill set is as commonplace as a Bordeaux from Chateau Le Pin.
ABOVE ALL: “ACT LIKE A BOSS”
The best way to take control of the situation is by welcoming the help of the restaurant’s sommelier.
Once they have approached the table, simply abide by these three easy rules and your performance will be sure to impress.
RULE ONE: KNOW YOUR PRICE
For the most part, any good wine list should offer a few worthy bottles for under $60. A stealthy way to signal to the sommelier about how much you are comfortable spending is by discreetly pointing to a wine on the list and saying “ I was thinking something like this would be nice.”
RULE TWO: FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH A FEW KEY TERMS
Do not just merely suggest a bottle of white or a bottle of red. Ask the table if they would prefer a light, medium or full-bodied wine. Ask if they have a preference for a bottle that is New World or Old World. No response? Don’t fret. Simply turn to the sommelier and ask, “Based on what we plan on ordering, what do you think would pair best?”
RULE THREE: DON’T HESITATE TO TRY SOMETHING NEW
The overall consensus is: when in doubt, order something familiar. While this may be the safest bet, I would put my money elsewhere. Why pay the marked-up restaurant price for something you can easily get your hands on? Be bold, be brave, and try something you may not be able to experience elsewhere.