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Choosing the right bottle of wine can make a novice's head spin, even before anyone has taken a sip. We asked three wine experts — Ronn Wiegand, publisher of Restaurant Wine; Andrea Immer, author of Great Wine Made Simple; and Tim Kopec, wine director at New York City's Veritas — what they would serve on the following occasions:

An afternoon picnic in the park (less than $15)

Wiegand Trefethen Riesling, 2001
Immer Cavit Pinot Grigio, 2000
Kopec Chivite Gran Feudo Rose, 2001

A dinner for business associates ($30 or so)

Wiegand Cabernet-based De Toren Fusion V, 2000
Immer Cakebread Chardonnay, 2000
Kopec Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet White Burgundy, 2000

A proposal of marriage ($100 limit)

Wiegand Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes Burgundy, 1999
Immer Gosset Rose Champagne, nonvintage
Kopec Chateau Calon-Segur Bordeaux, 1995