Random PoP Query

Ok, I know when you bring wine to someone’s house you always take the price tag off.  But when it is for your own consumption do you take the price tag off as well?   I ask this because I had a bottle of port that was just at my house so I didn’t bother to take the price tag off.  But every time I poured myself a glass I always felt very awkward, like I was trying to impress myself.  And what if you have guests over you wouldn’t leave the price tag on then, right?  So what’s the rule do you just always take the price tag off wines?

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  • The only place I can think of that actually puts price tags on wine in the first place, and doesn’t take them off for you when you pay, is Circle Liquors. The vast majority of the wine stores don’t put the tags on in the first place. So this doesn’t come up for me very often.

    Needless to say, I buy a lot of wine.

  • I take the tags off so my wife doesn’t know how much I blew on each bottle.

  • For some reason a number of decent wine stores in DC (besides Circle Liquors) put price tags on each bottle — Schneiders, MacArthur Beverages, Paul’s, etc. etc.

  • Actually, I think most wine stores put price tags on the bottles but any decent store should remove the tag (or at least ask if you want them removed) once you have purchased the bottle.

  • I do not understand this tradition of bringing a bottle of wine when invited. When I was growing up, my parents never did this sort of thing when they attended a dinner or party. It seems to have started in the last 10 or 20 years and I really noticed it take off in DC during the 90s. When I invite people to my place I do not want them to feel obligated and I do not expect them to bring something. It has become this sort of “ticket” for admission to parties and I have even seen people hold on to their bottle of rot-gut Yellow Tail or re-gifted box of salt water taffy until the host can bear witness, which is utterly idiotic. When it is my turn to entertain, when I do the inviting I assume responsibility for the provisions. This is how we express ourselves as friends and hosts. One thing I have noticed is that the people who are religious about the practice (not necessarily you dear POP) use it as a means to avoid reciprocation. If you wish to provide a well thought out gift for your host, that is altogether different. But I wish the whole dreadful reused wine in the age-wrinkled bag tradition would end at once.

  • Label off. And on Wine Not’s comment, I agree that regifting wine should end. But I think wine or flowers have been a fairly traditional gift for the host, not out of obligation or expectation, but out of etiquette. If you don’t know the host well, I think it’s acceptable, but a well thought out gift that is tailored to the host is much nicer. :->

  • I grew up in Eastern Europe where you never go to somebody’s house without bringing a gift, generally chocolate for the kids or a bottle of wine. It’s just a sign of respect.

  • Bonnie,

    Where? Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia, Turkey or the Ukraine?

    Or does this chocolate or wine tradition dominate the entire region? Just Curious.

  • I worry about you sometimes, POP.

  • On the way to a recent party we stopped at Yes Organic Market to get 2 bottles of wine (seemed reasonable since there were 3 of us). I didn’t realize until we got there and the wine was open on the counter that it still had the pricetags! I left the tags in place because removing them at that point may have been tacky, and it was, yes, Yellow Tail wine, so I thought it would be interesting for everyone to see how much it cost at one place in DC (all of $7.99), to compare to their own beloved wine stores.

    What was the question? Ah yes, I aim to always remove the tag before serving wine or giving it as a gift.

  • PoP’s been hittin’ the port again!

    just like me.

    if you go to trader joe’s to get your port, you don’t have to worry at all. even the “good” stuff comes without a pricetag.

    and you KNOW you’re not being pretentious if you buy your port from that bodega.

    (no offense folks)

    the thing is to appreciate the elixir for it’s taste. tawny, ruby…. old, young…. get that down pat, and you’ll appreciate it even more.

    port is some amazing stuff. the best brands have english names, because it was the english that developed the market for the stuff…..

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