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Drinking on a Donor Visit
Some Thoughts on Alcohol
Drinking on a social donor visit can certainly be appropriate if done well. Drinking to excess is never a good idea, obviously. Your organization may have a policy about drinking which can give you specific guidance.
In any case, here are some Miss Manners-style tips to keep you straight:
- Hold a tumbler glass by the stem near the bottom, a small stem glass by the stem and large goblets at the bottom of the bowl
- Hold a wine glass by the stem not the bowl. Anything else is improper and frowned upon.
- A wine glass should not be more than half full.
- A waiter will not add wine to a glass that is not empty; a host should follow the same protocol. By not emptying your glass you’ve managed to measure your intake without having to say a word.