Goes well with: sweet-and-sour pork
Antipodes comes from a pristine source on the North Island of New Zealand. The clean, modern bottle is modeled after the traditional New Zealand sherry or beer bottle. The soft, light bubbles (it's artificially carbonated) and low mineral content contrast well with food without overpowering it. Perfect for Americanized Chinese dishes. $80 for 12 1-liter bottles.
Goes well with: veal scaloppini
Ferrarelle, from a spring outside Naples, is one of Italy's most popular waters. It has very small, fine bubbles (the carbonation is said to be associated with volcanic activity) with an effervescent feel. A must-try for those who say they don't like sparkling water. Perfect with Italian food. $27 for 12 .75-liter bottles.
Goes well with: steak
This naturally carbonated water from Spain is finally available in the United States. The very high mineral content is an acquired taste, but it's well worth the effort. Perfect with red meat and game. $32 for 121-liter bottles.
Goes well with: sushi/sashimi
Fine is made from 1,000- year-old rainwater that has been filtered through volcanic rock at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan. The artesian water emerges in the Shuzenji countryside, where it is bottled at the source. Its low mineral content and slightly sweet taste make it perfect for sushi and sashimi. Expensive ($57 for 12 .72-liter bottles) but impressive--your date will love it.
Goes well with: cheese enchiladas
This water, from Romania, was said to be a favorite of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef. It's naturally carbonated and high in bicarbonates thought to be beneficial for digestion. The soft, effervescent bubbles of this high-mineral-content water provide needed contrast to soft Tex-Mex foods. $14.50 for six 1.5-liter bottles.
To find these bottled waters go to: www.aquabar.ws, www.aquamaestro.com and www.world-wide-waters.com