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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What kind of wine is recommended on a first date?
—Robert N., South Africa
If you’re going out to have a glass of wine on a first date, I’m hoping you’ll let your date order whatever he or she likes. If that’s not the case, and you’re picking out the wine, find out what their favorite wine is, and order that! Otherwise, assuming there’s no need to pair a wine with any particular food or scenario, I vote for bubbly. It goes with everything, is romantic and celebratory, and those bubbles are very refreshing in case you get some first date jitters.
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