Clueless about how to order wine from a restaurant list? A sommelier and a wine writer reveal 10 secrets to savvy ordering that anyone can follow.
1. Know your six-pack
Memorize the names of three red and three white wines that you like. This will give your server a clear idea of your taste preferences.
2. Name your price
Sommeliers want to know your price point-but your date doesn't. Just hold up the wine list, point to a price and say, "I'm interested in something like this."
3. Look for deals
Unless you're splurging, your wine shouldn't cost more than your food. Look for affordable bottles from lesser-known regions: Argentinean Malbec, Australian Riesling, New Zealand Pinot Noir or Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.
4. Talk, talk, talk
You don't walk into a car dealership and say, "Pick a car for me; I like green." Talk to us! Tell us what you like. Plus, if you establish a relationship with a sommelier, you can call later for dinner-party tips.
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