Whether you’re host­ing or at­tend­ing, these thought­ful tips and sug­ges­tions will help you de­cide what to serve or bring— to en­sure you are a gra­cious host or guest.

Food & Drink - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By James Chatto

Of course, it’s pos­si­ble to buy spe­cial glass­ware for ev­ery kind of wine and al­co­holic drink, but you can get away with much less. Cham­pagne flutes are best for bub­bly but you can also serve it in a ver­sa­tile glass such as Riedel’s Zin­fan­del/Ries­ling glass, which is fine for all whites, light reds and sparkling wines (from $15 per glass at ma­jor re­tail­ers). Big red wines need a slightly larger glass such as the Riedel Over­ture Mag­num ($14.95 per glass at

Dessert wines and liqueurs also need their own small tulip-shaped glasses. When buy­ing a large quantity of par­tyfriendly glasses, keep the sturdy stor­age box they came in, to spare your cup­board space.

Hand-wash crys­tal in warm wa­ter and mild soap, rins­ing very thor­oughly. Dry with a linen or mi­crofi­bre cloth. Dish­washer-safe glasses get a warm-wa­ter cy­cle on their own (no dirty dishes), with no rinse aid and a lit­tle fra­grance-free soap or white vine­gar. Open the door for hu­mid­ity-free dry­ing; if needed, hand­pol­ish with a linen or mi­crofi­bre cloth.

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