Bringing Wine to a Dinner Party
While many people have unfortunately gone away from traditional dinner party etiquette, it is still always appropriate to bring a bottle of wine. In fact, not only is it appropriate, it is highly recommended. Bringing wine to a dinner party shows the host or hostess that you appreciate the gesture of an invitation. It also is a sign of consideration, especially if you will be drinking wine for the evening out of the host’s current reserves; your bottle will replace the one that you will be drinking. If there are two of you attending the dinner party, consider bringing two bottles of wine to the host. This way, you are each bringing a bottle to replace any that you consume at the dinner party.
So, if bringing a bottle of wine to a dinner party is the proper thing to do, what type of wine should you bring?
If you know the personal taste preferences of the host, select a bottle within that genre or type. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive bottle available by any means, but select a highly rated wine and if possible, something new or unique. If you are unsure of what to select, ask the expert in the store that you are shopping in as they will be able to point you in the right direction. Also, if there are any notes or references regarding the wine that you purchased, include that with your wine as a gift to the host. It is always nice to be able to read and learn about the wine that you were given.
If you are unsure of the type of wine that your host generally likes, try to choose something more general in taste preferences. If you are bringing either a red or a white wine, you will want to consider something more mild in flavour such as a Merlot or a Chardonnay. If your budget permits it, bring both a white and a red wine to your host so that you are more likely to hit their personal wine preference, rather than guessing with either a red or a white.
In addition to choosing a wine to bring to the party, presentation of the wine is also important. While it is certainly not necessary, taking the time to add a personalized touch to your gift is preferred. For example, you could tie a personalized gift tag onto the bottle, showing that you did more than just run into the wine store at the last minute to grab the first bottle that you saw. Also, a gift tag will ensure that your host knows that you brought the bottle. As guests are arriving it can be challenging for a host to remember who brought which item to the party. In addition to the gift tag, you could also tie any number of wine accessories to the bottle as well, such as a corkscrew, bottle stopper or wine glass markers. Anything that is small can easily be added with a simple ribbon. Have fun and be creative in your embellishment of your wine gift.
If you want to do something simpler, you could place your wine bottle in any number of wine carriers, wine totes or wine bags. There are hundreds of types, styles and colors to choose from. This simple packaging idea is an easy way to make the gift more personalized.
No matter how you decide to personalize your wine gift for a dinner party, the most important thing to remember is to bring a bottle or two as a kind and considerate gesture to your host for inviting you into their home.