Bring Wine, but Do It in Style
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Bring Wine, but Do It in Style

A great guest brings the host or hostess a bottle of wine. Here is some advice to stand out among the many bottles the best host or hostess will receive.

  • Choose something out of the ordinary. You don't have to go to the big, blockbuster powerhouses to find a delicious bottle of wine. In fact, you're more likely to find something yummy from the smaller, gem wineries and winemakers. Plus, it sets you apart. It shows you are a person with a sense of humor, and that you really thought about them, rather than grabbing your usual go-to bottle. For my favorite friends, I pick things with funny names - Tait Ballbuster Shiraz, Fat Bastard Chardonnay, Boom Boom Syrah - because wine is fun. It doesn't have to be stuffy.
  • Put it in a basket. Look at you go, a regular old Martha. Or, if you're a guy, just really extra thoughtful! You can include all kinds of things in the basket - fruits, cheeses, meats, chocolate, breads - anything you think might go with the wine. A regular old French picnic, ready to go. I wouldn't be surprised if your host whips it out at the party and puts it to good use.
  • Pair it with a special treat. Some wines taste amazing with chocolate. Or oranges. Or swordfish steaks - um, whatever, that's kind of a weird gift. If I'm going to a dinner party, I love to bring a caramel apple crumble pie, and a sweet German riesling. The pairing is delicious. They both enhance each other, and I think they show you put a little extra thought into the whole affair.
  • Purchase a wine bottle ornament. I have received some adorable ornaments in the shape of grapes, that twine around the bottle. If I know I'm going to drink a bottle of wine later in the week for a special occasion, I like to pull it out of the rack, put on the ornament and leave it on display, where I can see it, admire, and look forward to it. It adds that extra oomph that a gift bag just can't match up to.

So, these are just a few ways to put a new spin on a traditional party favor. Everyone will be sure to notice that personal flair you added, and want to hang out with you for the rest of the party.

Nothing's left to do, but have a good time!

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