BBQ season is coming up, this means that most of us will either host parties or attend parties at homes. I have blundered the gifting of wine so many times that I thought the best way to teach wine gifting etiquette is to share my experiences. Here are three blunders and at the end I'll provide my tips to help your experiences be more successful.
I recently was invited to a dinner party. I bought two amazing and relatively expensive bottles of wine. One as a gift for the host and the other was something I wanted to share at the party. I had just come back from traveling to South Africa and hoped my wine would be a conversation starter. The host hoarded both bottles and stored them BOTH away.
Another time my boss, the CFO for the company I worked at invited me to his home for a BBQ. Of course I tried to show off and bought an expensive bottle of Napa Sparkling wine. I was greeted at the door by his housekeeper who politely relieved the bottle from my hands and placed it next to random grocery store selections other people bought.
Then there is the time I gave the host a bottle of well aged Bordeaux thinking they would enjoy it later. "Later" I found it lined up on the counter next to other beverages and red cups. Later in the evening I overheard another guest say the wine was bad as she poured it out because " there was stuff floating in it and it smelled like wet towels". No honey that is called sediment and rained on forest floor to wine lovers like me!
Here are some key tips:
✔️Know your audience and occasion.
✔️Always take a host gift. Wine is great however keep the bottle between $15-$25.
✔️If you would like to take wine as your food contribution contact host first and ask if it's ok.
Someone else's party is not your time nor the wine you love time to shine. Save great to excellent bottles of wine for parties you host, small intimate gatherings filled with wine lovers.
💞Good For Dates
🚺 Good for Solo
🎶 Live Music
Perch, Downtown - Classic and my go to spot when I don't want to risk having an awesome time. French inspired food and ambience. The food is delicious and the drinks are crafted with style and thoughtfulness. It's a rooftop bar and there is usually live music on Saturday and Sundays for Brunch. Great for small groups with large table seating, good for dates and awesome if you go alone. The friendly bar staff will make sure you feel included in the fun!
Yes bottomless mimosas or sangria options.
Omni, Downtown- If you like seafood and mimosas this is a must do! It is buffet style (although an a la cart menu option is not available) However, why do that when you can easily eat your way through $55 worth of crabs and shrimps. The $55 includes bottomless mimosas! Great for extra large groups and dates. Not really somewhere to go solo. That would just be weird!
Pearl, Hollywood- Honestly I love Pearl any night of the week and brunch is just an extension of that love fest. It's a roof top restaurant with half out and half in. The menu has a wide range of yummy entrees. They use some of my favorite ingredients like truffle oil, arugula,capers and oysters! Great for small groups and large groups with tactical planning. I'd say maybe to a solo outing, if you are very social. Definitely yes to date day or night.
Post and Beams, Crenshaw District- The food here is absolutely delicious. simple and ultra fresh ingredients are well prepared into upscale soulful entrees. The scene is trendy but down to earth. Denzel Washington has been spotted here occasionally. The outdoor patio is super comfy and host live music. Good for small groups with advance planning, yes to solo or date day! No to large groups.
Madera, Hollywood (East)- Out of town in town is the vibe here. The menu has a wide range of breakfast and Spanish inspired entrees. Please save room for desserts. The Churro donut with homemade ice cream is good enough to "make you slap your mama". Yes bottomless mimosas, great for groups small and large, yes to dates not to solo outings.
Doheny Room, West Hollywood- This is a place to see and be seen. Typical LA vibe with awesome cocktails and great food. Make your way to the rooftop that is where the action is with music by an in person Dj and bottomless mimosas. Great for all types, small, large, solo, and dates.
Sonoma Wine Garden, Santa Monica - With over 200 selections for wine this should be at the top of my list! Or maybe I am saved the best for last. At any rate SWG is everything you want on a Spring Afternoon in LA. Outdoor, couches ,live music, beach proximity and great food. This is an absolute must do! Yes to bottomless mimosas, yes to large groups, yes to date day and yes for solo.
Tuanni Price, the owner of Zuri Wine Tasting. A wine Enthusiast and adventurer, loves everything about the wine experience