WE’VE all experienced those first date nerves, and they can be exacerbated by trying to decide anything from what to wear, which restaurant to go to, and wondering who should pay if your date orders something stupidly expensive.

Nothing gives you a more relaxed vibe for a first date than a restaurant that offers BYO. Bringing your own bottle is also the perfect ice-breaker: you can start with the story of how you came to find this hidden gem. It’s also a chance to impress by selecting a sensational wine without having to ask the sommelier.

For most cuisines, a textural and bright chardonnay will complement the food due to its versatility, and as one of the most widely-enjoyed grapes, it’s a pretty safe bet for anyone who likes white wine. The Arcadia Bohemia Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2014 (pictured below) is highly recommended. With notes of white peaches, nectarines, pears, cashews and even some soft vanilla and beeswax, this is a crisp and fresh white, with a heavenly finish.

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For those who prefer a red, a Barossa shiraz has body, texture and smooth berry fruits on the nose and palate. A great option of this variety is the Art of War Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013. With plummy, rich dark chocolate and blackberry notes as well as hints of blueberry and black pepper, this has strength, balance and refined power.

It’s a shiraz that, just like a successful first date, will have you revelling in victory, and victory never tasted so good.

To purchase these wines and more, visit www.vinomofo.com

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