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First impressions really do count and choosing the right wine to share when  making that all important first impression can be overwhelming.  Take that invitation to ‘meet the parents’ for example. Let’s face it, dating is  a minefield – one wrong move and you could witness your relationship  implode (there’s a bottle of wine for those occasions too). 

Arriving empty- handed is a definite no-no. Taking a bottle of wine means not just savouring  it with your meal; but it can also create a great ice-breaker for those  awkward pauses.  But…do you go big with bubbles or do you take the safer  blended wine option to cover all the bases? Or do you stick with a middle of  the road bottle so that they don’t think you are pretentious?

Jon Meinking shares his thoughts on helping you navigate the minefield of  choosing the right wine for the occasion.  Regardless of what wine you choose in the end, the best thing you can do is  just relax and enjoy!

You can also visit the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, South Africa’s biggest and boldest travelling wine show for good advice and great buys.

This year's Wine Show pops the cork at  Montecasino in Johannesburg from 6 to 8 June before the WINEderland Tour moves on to Cape Town from 11 to 13 July, Port Elizabeth from 25 to 27 July, Pretoria from 3 to 5 October, East London from 7 to 9 November, ending off in Nelspruit from 28 to 30 November.

* Click on the picture below to buy tickets for the Johannesburg event, presented by IOL and Independent on Saturday. Get 30% discount off a General Access ticket by clicking on the link below and entering the Promo Code:  IOL