The other day, a few of our friends and Balazs had this interesting debate about hostess wine gifts and I would love to know what’s your stand on it, since it seems to be a slippery slope and it can be very awkward too, especially if you're in a multicultural crowd.
Lovelies, do you usually bring wine to a dinner party? Do you think it should be opened on that party or since it’s a gift for the hostess, it’s up to the hosts to decide if they want to open it or save it for another time?
Whenever Balazs and I have people over who bring wine, we always make sure to open the wine they brought but a friend who works in the wine industry told us that the actual rule is that the host should save the gifted wine for later since it’s considered a gift. In fact, in some cultures the guest could actually take offence if the gifted wine was opened during the party. Ha!
Now, onto you, I’m so curious! How do you do it?
Btw: Another friend said that in France the refill rule is that as soon as the host spots an empty wine glass, he must refill it immediately, so if you don’t fancy a refill, always leave just a bit in your glass. I love that!
P.S: And how to open a bottle of wine - without a corkscrew. (Genius!)
P.P.S: Tons more nifty wine tricks including this, this and that :)
(Photos via Brown Dress with White Dots and Murray Mitchell)