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I took a nice bot­tle of wine to a din­ner party but since the host didn’t open it, I re­pos­sessed it on the way out. My wife says that was bad man­ners. What do you think? TA, Rostrevor

QIt’s bad form all right. A sim­i­lar thing hap­pened to me as a youth when I brought wine around while vis­it­ing a lady friend. We didn’t drink it so I took it home to quaff while lis­ten­ing to Joy Di­vi­sion. She dumped me shortly there­after and fin­ished her email with, AND I CAN­NOT BE­LIEVE YOU TOOK THE DAMN WINE HOME! I un­der­stand, of course, how an­noy­ing it is when you’ve brought Pen­folds Grange that sits un­opened in the kitchen while your hosts pour Pas­sion Pop. Maybe start drop­ping hints your wine would go per­fectly with the food – even if they’re serv­ing tri­fle. But you need to think of the wine as the price of your din­ner – once you cross the thresh­old, it’s theirs. A sim­i­lar thing hap­pens when you bring beer to a house party. Ev­ery­body sud­denly owns it. The dif­fer­ence is, the beer won’t stay un­opened for long. Send your ques­tions to saweek­[email protected]


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