JuliaB wrote:Good eye, Winger! It is the way it has always been done, and for good reason. Only the person who brought the bottle is allowed to open it. This allows the person to choose when he/she would like it served. Perhaps the person feels it would be best opened closer to meal time, or wants to be sure his/her particular friend is available for a sample. Most importantly, the person who brought it, probably wants to be sure to get a pour. T'would be a shame to return to the table and find that precious CdP you've been dying to try, is empty!
It's all very civilized at MoCool. You should come!
Got it. Thus it is at other off-lines I've attended, although maybe a bit less formalized. Always a sort of unwritten rule that "if you didn't bring it, don't open it". Although there were a few groups that went by the creed of "if it's here, it's fair game", especially in smaller, more intimate groups of friends.
Thanks for the explanation.