A. There are no easy tips when choosing a wine from a restaurant's list. Best advice is talk to the sommelier or server and always taste the wine you are being offered. Only buy expensive wines, eg Barolo or Amarone, if you know the producer, if you dont, be careful, dont buy the name. When it looks to good to be true, it probably is, check with the sommelier why the price is so good. <br>House wine, could be either really good or really bad, ask to taste it, it wont be a problem since it is likely to be offered by the glass as well. For the bubbles, more than the actual wine, find out whether it is a classic method, similar to champagne, or Martinotti, prosecco type, sparkling wine, the first tend to be more expensive and is of better quality. Lastly, wine pairing or wine preference? It is your call, I guess it all depends on the food you will be eating, if it is a gourmet evening, top food, I would suggest to go for the pairing wine, it can open a new world, if a pizza or pasta or quick meal, it is entirely up to you, I would go with your favourite wine, whether it pair the food or not.