So you’re spending another holiday with crazy Uncle Lou and Aunt Beatrice. This situation calls for an adult beverage. But if the kind folks hosting holiday dinner aren’t wine, beer, or cider drinkers what are you to do? The WBW crew has bantered about the conundrum over the years, and now it’s compiled here for the benefit of our dear reader.

1. This is the last weekend before Thanksgiving, so get thee to your favorite boutique winery, brewery, or cidery and stock up on your beverage of choice.

2. Get yourself a really big purse. Not one of those dainty clutch bags. We’re talking about a ginormous, back breaking bag that can hold a bottle – or two – and all the accompanying accessories you may need (more on that later). If you’re a dude and don’t have a big murse (that’s man purse, and yes it’s an actual thing), get a backpack.

3. Load up that purse or backpack with your adult beverage. If the beverage is chilled, tuck it in a plastic bag first to avoid having condensation damage number 5 or the interior of the bag.

4. Be sure to pack a corkscrew in the bag if that beverage isn’t of the bubbly variety, in a can, or bearing a screw cap.

5. Stash some snacks into that purse or backpack. Holiday dinners aren’t always served promptly, and if you break out the bevvies from your bag you’ll need some solid food in your belly, too.

6. When you arrive at your dinner destination, do not, and I repeat DO NOT hand the bottle over to your host. This is not a hostess gift, and you are not to risk seeing that bottle put atop the fridge next to the stove where it will remain for eternity. As my friends have informed me, the thing to do is sit down and settle in. Then reach into your bag, pull out your container of what not, and ask your host for glasses for yourself and whoever else may like a sip of wine, beer, or cider.

Now, here’s where it gets really tricky. What if you know your host doesn’t have the appropriate glassware? Should you bring your own? If you do, will you end up with broken glass in your bag? I’ve been at more than one party where I was given a gigantic tumbler from which I was expected to drink my wine. Without going into details let’s just say it’s pretty easy to over imbibe from one of those glasses, especially when dinner isn’t served right away. So, should bringing glasses be part of the plan? We’d love to hear what you think!

About the Author

Nancy Croisier is an enthusiastic advocate for exploring the world of wine. She holds the prestigious designation of Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators, and has graduated from the Northwest Wine Academy with expert training in wine and food pairing, as well as wine sales and marketing. She specializes in bringing wine brands and consumers together. Follow Nancy’s wine and food adventures on Twitter and Instagram:  @NancyFeasts.