wine storeSay you’ve been invited over to someone’s house for a party. As a rule of thumb, it’s always polite to bring something with you as a thank you for the host welcoming you into their home.

Many people may choose to bring a dish to pass or some flowers, but a bottle of wine is another great option. Things can get tricky when deciding which bottle of alcohol to bring to a party, but here are some tips to help you out.

Don’t Ask If The Host Would Enjoy Red or White
When figuring out if the host likes red or white wine, you’ve only figured out one of two questions. While it’s good to know if they’re more of a red or white person, each color separates into even more decisions. The five most popular varietals are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. So if they say they like red, ask if they want a Merlot, a Pinot Noir, or a Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of the reds has a different taste to them, so getting specific from the very beginning will ensure you choose the right bottle from the wine store.

Know Who Will Be Attending
If you plan on bringing wine to share with everyone, figure out who is going to be at the party. Much like how you want to please your host with the bottle choice, you want to aim to please the majority of the crowd, if not everyone. It would be such a shame to waste $45 on a bottle of wine from the wine store that you like but no one else does. That bottle will just sit in the corner collecting dust and making your wallet cry. If you’re not sure what everyone will like, don’t feel obligated to spend an arm and a leg hoping someone enjoys the vino.

Bring Two Bottles
While you’re never obligated to bring anything at all, bringing two bottles from the liquor store will make you the hit of the party. Not only will bringing two bottles to help refresh the masses, but it will also ensure that everyone will like at least one of what you brought. You can bring a red and a white. Or a Merlot and a Pinot Noir. Stay away from buying two of the same thing, unless you know that everyone will definitely be drinking it.

Because of the large variety, bringing a bottle of wine to a party can be stressful. But in order to choose the right option, ask the host what they like, bring two different bottles from one of your favorite wine stores, and ask for a guest list.