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Dinner Party Wine Etiquette

Greg B | Feb 19, 2007 12:48 PM

Perhaps some people here can give me guidance on an issue that has become a bit of a pet peeve.

Scenario: I get invited to dinner at the home of friends. It is usually as part of a holiday, birthday event, etc., so it is a "special" dinner.

I like nice wine. My friends do too, but are less picky. Typically I find they serve stuff like Lindeman's Cawarra or Yellow Tail at dinner. Invariably, therefore, I will bring a bottle of something better, a nice Bordeaux or something a bit unique at a higher price point than what you'd find in their house.

The problem: sometimes the wine I bring doesn't get opened, but just ends up in their wine rack. Presumably they drink it themselves at a later time.

I get irritated with this. Maybe I shouldn't, but I do. It seems to me that if I bring wine to dinner, it's intended to be opened. Am I missing something? Or is there a way to say, without offending them, that I bring the wine because I want to drink it with them at dinner, and not donate it to their collection?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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