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First Date Wines

Monday - 2/28/2011, 1:55pm  ET

You want to get just the right bottle of wine to impress your date, but not break the bank in the process. What is a good 'first date' wine? Personally, I can't think of a better way to kick off any get together, be it a party with friends or an intimate night of potential romance, then with a sparkling wine. The Non-Vintage Pascal Toro Sparkling Brut from Argentina ($10) is both festive and inexpensive. French wines always make a great first impression The 2009 Chateau de Segries-Tavel Rosé from the Rhone Valley is a reliable wine for first dates ($15). When I first began dating, one of the few things I knew how to cook was pasta and tomato sauce. The 2007 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino will definitely benefit a red-based pasta sauce ($15). If you want to step up the impress-o-meter, try pairing the 2008 Red Car Boxcar Syrah ($23).