I do a lot of socializing with my groups of friends and one thing they all have in common is that table that gathers a nice selection of bottles of wine by the time everyone has arrived at the party. Thus, sometimes I forget that not everyone is an enthusiastic social drinker. This was emphasized to me on Saturday night when I went to a party with my husband and brought a bottle of wine.
It was a lovely dinner party with great food, and our host asked if we'd like some of the wine we brought with dinner. Well, sure! But then it turned out that no one could find a corkscrew and I knew that I'd found another one of those households.
The same thing happened last year at a book club meeting. I brought wine only to discover that the hostess didn't have a corkscrew. We had to call one of the guests who was still on her way and prevail upon her to stop and buy one. Then I sat through the book discussion drinking my wine from a juice glass and feeling like the wino of the group, despite the fact that this same club has met at a local winery for book discussions more than once.
At this weekend's party, someone eventually produced a wine opener and even wine glasses, so it wasn't quite as extreme, but it was a lesson that perhaps I should consider dropping a corkscrew into my purse when venturing into uncertain social situations. 'Cause if I bring wine, I want to drink some of it.
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