5. You can most certainly bring a dessert wine
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Sweet or fortified wines get a bad rep but you don’t even have to leave these guys until dessert. Many pair well with fruits like raspberries and apricots, a rich pâté, and hard cheddar or bleu cheese.
6. If you've got a story to tell, tell it
When you sit there sulkily brooding over why nobody asked about this delicious bottle you've brought, there's only yourself to blame. If you've brought something special for the occasion or just special to you, let the people know. They maybe won't even roll their eyes too hard.
7. For brownie points, bring two bottles
For some reason nobody brings more than one bottle to a bash. Like bringing one six-pack, it's doing the bare minimum. Go that extra mile and slap down a little extra cash (or more smartly, split the cost of one expensive bottle across two cheaper varieties) and stand out in a crowd of one-bottle-bozos.