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AIBU to expect visitors to bring a decent bottle of wine with them.

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Mushypeasandchipstogo Sun 04-Jan-15 20:40:33

We have had lots of friends and relatives over to stay and for dinner over Christmas. It is lovely to see them all but why do they always bring a totally crap bottle of New World wine with them?
I have in my kitchen 10 bottles of vile red and white wine. Should I pour it all down the sink, use it for cooking or give it back to them next time I visit? Any other options would be considered!

arlagirl Sun 04-Jan-15 20:42:16

Use it in cooking if its that bad.

Is it as bad as Blue Nun?

wowfudge Sun 04-Jan-15 20:42:45

I only take a lovely bottle of wine when I know the food will be up to par. Everyone else gets a bottle from the under a fiver shelf in Morrisons.

ChoudeBruxelles Sun 04-Jan-15 20:43:25

Save them. Take them with you next time you visit them.

MarjorieMelon Sun 04-Jan-15 20:44:15

You are being a little snobby. To lots of people wine is wine.

Athyrium Sun 04-Jan-15 20:44:36

I'll have it! There are plenty of good new world wines I would say.

Greencheese Sun 04-Jan-15 20:45:09

I know nothing about wine and can't stand the stuff, so I up cycle those I get as gifts when I need to take wine anywhere, I don't have a clue what I'm giving but I see it as just being polite to offer really.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 04-Jan-15 20:45:27

How bad are we talking?

katrina81 Sun 04-Jan-15 20:45:30

No dont pour it I'll have it lol, I like cheap wine.

ReeseWithoutHerSpoon Sun 04-Jan-15 20:45:39

Give them to teachers at the end of term, then the teachers will take them to dinner parties when invited, and the host will give them to their DCs teachers and so on and so on........:

Metalguru Sun 04-Jan-15 20:45:55

Depends what the wine is, and if it is just a matter of taste. Is it cheap and horrible, and they prefer to drink what you have, or just not to your taste? Personally, I love a Marlborough, took a lovely bottle to a dinner party to have it instantly whisked off me and had to drink a horrible cheap Chardonnay all night, thumping headache the next day too! Worst thing was, tgey told me they opened my wine the next night and hated it so left it by the hob for cooking! Grrr!

Nothavingfunrightnow Sun 04-Jan-15 20:46:04

Which wines are they? Some New world wines are lovely!

Trickydecision Sun 04-Jan-15 20:46:22

There are plenty of wonderful New World wines. What was the problem with the ones you were given? French wines are not necessarily better.

t3rr3gl35 Sun 04-Jan-15 20:46:52

I like my visitors to bring themselves and have a good time. What they may or may not bring with them is irrelevant. I think YABU and pretty snobbish into the bargain.

HowCanIMissYouIfYouWontGoAway Sun 04-Jan-15 20:46:57

I wouldn't know what wine was supposed to be good and what wasn't.

Why not serve the wine they bring? They obviously like it.

wowfudge Sun 04-Jan-15 20:47:02

That was my instinct too Athyrium, but I wasn't sure whether the OP was being a wine snob or tongue in cheek. It'll be drinkable as these days you are hard pushed to get a rotten wine - especially from the New World.

Jaffakake Sun 04-Jan-15 20:47:31

At least they brought something with them, my lot don't!

Next time open it for them to drink. Surreptitiously fill up your own glass with decent wine whilst doing the cooking!

WooWooOwl Sun 04-Jan-15 20:47:36

Save them for the next time you are asked it donate to a school Fayre, or take them with you next time you visit them.

Waltonswatcher Sun 04-Jan-15 20:47:46

Harvest festival? Cheer the vicar up.

MyrnaLoy Sun 04-Jan-15 20:48:05

Wow! That's one hell of a sweeping statement - there's some bloody lovely New World wine.

So YANBU to hope that people will bring nice wine but YABVVVU to dismiss the whole of the new world.

tippytappywriter Sun 04-Jan-15 20:48:10

You are being unreasonable. You shouldn't expect anything from friends (relatives maybe feel they have to come and dig around for the crap bottle they were given). wink

lemisscared Sun 04-Jan-15 20:48:10

if i were visiting you'd get a bottle of blossom hill because everyone likes that don't they

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sun 04-Jan-15 20:48:16

Guess it depends on if they are wine drinkers or not. I don't drink wine (all tastes grim to me) so I always struggle to know what to take unless I know a wine someone specifically likes.

Must admit everyone knows I'm not a wine drinker yet it is the gift of choice when people come to ours for dinner which does annoy me, why bring me something you know I hate?! The in-laws always get me a £15 voucher for my birthday plus a £10 bottle of wine, would rather have a £25 voucher tbh (anyhoo I digress)

cardibach Sun 04-Jan-15 20:49:19

Many New World wines are very good quality confused
Are you sure they are crap? Of what relevance is the fact they are New World? Plenty of crap European wines...
I think you may BU and also snobbish. And also possibly a bit ignorant. Hard to tell without more info than 'New World' about the wine.

redcaryellowcar Sun 04-Jan-15 20:49:42

I don't drink much so I'm totally clueless about what constitutes a good bottle of wine, can you give me some pointers on what would be an acceptable gift bottle if we were invited to dinner?

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