Nice glass of wine for a newby?

I?m going to some fancy smancy restaurant soon and I?m looking to have a nice glass of wine with my meal. I can order wine pairings with the tasting menu, but that?s an additional $75 which would be a waste since I haven?t developed a pallet for it yet. So, what is a nice glass of wine I can order that is sweet, delicious (preferably red) and goes with several dishes. And is there a special way to order it? Don?t want to embarrass myself too much. Thanks:-)