Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

A Pro's Guide To Picking Wine


"Always pick the second most expensive bottle" said a man, hoping to convince the world he knew how to blag his way through a date in a nice restaurant. Thankfully for you, that man doesn't work for ShortList.com. He got a better offer, or something...

We won't pretend to give you an expert guide to picking wines. Firstly, because we aren't experts (though we do know that some sommeliers who have had to argue for the cheapest bottle to be included on the menu, because it's better than many of the mid-priced options), and secondly, because the team at Vino Lovers has already done a fine job of creating one for you.

From simple advice on how best to pair a bottle with your chosen meal, to a handy cheat sheet on the right questions to ask (we've already filed away "What's drinking well" for use at the Christmas party), this guide serves as an excellent starting point for dipping a toe into the heady world of wine. And if you forget it all under the pressurised gaze of the waiter, just ask your date what they'd prefer.

Vino Lovers Menu Infographic

(Images: Shutterstock; Vino Lovers)

[Via: Visual.ly]



A guide to tipping abroad


How To Boost Your Immune System This Winter


A guide to cooking with spices


17 life-saving desk stretches


The Cheeseburger-Stuffed Donut


5 Myth-Busting Ways To Improve Your Whisky Drinking



The ultimate album and beer pairing guide

How brews were meant to be enjoyed

29 Sep 2016

8 beers to blow your head off

Eight high-end, high-powered brews. Forget your troubles the classy way

by Andrew Dickens
28 Sep 2016

Netflix and chilled: a show and beer pairing guide

Stick these in the fridge before your next binge session

19 Sep 2016

25 things we'd like to see banned in pubs immediately

Music during the football? Get in the sea

by Paddy Maddison
15 Sep 2016

Nearly lethal coffee has 80 times more caffeine than regular cup

This will keep you wired for 18 hours

by Joe Ellison
06 Sep 2016

AMA reveals the ingredients you should definitely dodge at Subway

Your dream footlong may be about to change

by Chris Sayer
02 Sep 2016

Show your boss this article and get free pizza this lunchtime

Worth a shot, right?

by Chris Sayer
01 Sep 2016

In London? You seriously need to try these cocktails right now

19 Aug 2016

Best late night bars and clubs near the Night Tube

Prepare yourself for a night out out

by David Cornish
18 Aug 2016