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When Giving Wine as a Hostess Gift, Do You Expect to Drink it?


There's an interesting article about the protocol of party wine in the December issue of Food & Wine. Lettie Teague discusses how hard it is to find the perfect bottle.

She also talks about the different kinds of wine gifters: those who prefer that the wine be opened at the event and those who wish it to be enjoyed by the host at a later date.

It got me wondering, which type are you?

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mek123 mek123 6 years
I consider it a hostess gift. I'm surprised that people commented that sometimes people take the unopened bottles home, tacky.
notinthemood notinthemood 6 years
I usually bring wine as a contribution to the dinner... I guess I don't look at it so much as a hostess gift because I ask if I can bring something and usually, the reply is a form of booze. :) But I wouldn't bring it back home with me if we didn't drink it that night!
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
Like others said, my bigger gripe is when someone brings wine to an event that I'm hosting and then takes it back if it's not opened that night!
dootsie dootsie 6 years
It seems really silly to bring wine and expect to drink it. It's like showing up to a barbeque with steaks you cooked at home.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 6 years
I was reading over the article and found the author and her husband to be quite presumptuous in their assumption that the recipient of the wine had to open it and let them drink some right then. Whenever I bring wine to someone's house I consider that wine to be a host/hostess gift, not something that needs to be opened right there and then (although it's fine if they want to do that). I also take offense to the statement that people who don't expect the wine to be opened right away are uninformed and bring crappy wine. The whole tone of the article rubbed me the wrong way a little.
Sophie827 Sophie827 6 years
Well if it was brought as a gift of course I'd want them to enjoy it when and where they wanted to.I think bringing wine for the meal and bringing wine as a gift are two very different things - and it's usually pretty clear to the host which is which (i.e. dinner wine doesn't come in a gift bag and it is usually handed over once you get there, along with any of other food/drink you have brought for the event).
Sophie827 Sophie827 6 years
Well if it was brought as a gift of course I'd want them to enjoy it when and where they wanted to. I think bringing wine for the meal and bringing wine as a gift are two very different things - and it's usually pretty clear to the host which is which (i.e. dinner wine doesn't come in a gift bag and it is usually handed over once you get there, along with any of other food/drink you have brought for the event).
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I usually regift them.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I usually regift them.
syako syako 6 years
No. In fact I would hope that they wouldn't, so they would have something enjoy by themselves after the big event.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
one time i hosted a party and a few girls brought bottles of wine. I was surprised and irritated to find that they had taken them back when we didn't drink them! So tacky!
violina violina 6 years
Agreed with others; it's a gift to someone else. If there's an expectation to drink it then that should be made clear.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 6 years
No. The bottle of wine is a gift to the host(ess), not a gift to yourself!
Food Food 6 years
Never. I think if you expect to drink it that night, you should tell the host/hostess — otherwise you might find yourself disappointed!
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
The host/esses might have their own wine planned for the night, so no big whoop if they don't serve mine.
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