When a Guest Brings Wine to a Dinner Party, Do I Have to Serve It?

Rue's resident etiquette expert weighs in on your most pressing questions

Simply put, no. You don’t have to serve the wine.

Why not? Let’s phrase it this way: Do holiday gift givers have the right to demand you use their gift? No. Here, it’s absolutely no different. A guest who brings wine to your dinner party is giving you a gift. And therefore, it is completely your choice whether or not to serve it.

If you’re still feeling just a teensy bit guilty about that decision, don’t. Here’s why.
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October 31, 2013