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Polish Dinner Guest - should I bring vodka or wine?


wulfheir 5 | 5  
15 Apr 2008 /  #1
I'm fortunate enough to have been invited to my co-workers home for supper.

In Canada, I would bring a bottle of wine.
In Poland, should I bring a bottle of vodka?
davidpeake 14 | 451  
15 Apr 2008 /  #2
Vodka or wine is no problem.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,553  
15 Apr 2008 /  #3
Vodka, Wine, dessert wine, beer pastries....anything to eat/drink would be good.
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
15 Apr 2008 /  #4
It really depends on what they prefer, and what will be served for the supper, but it's hard to decide if you don't know what they drink.

Generally in Poland vodka is a little "safer" especially with older people, because many people still don't drink wine (and some of them even prefer sweet wine), dry wine with the more educated (but many still like vodka), beer is rather more a barbeque thing or watching together a football (soccer) game.

If you bring some good stuff that noone likes, and your hosts have planned to serve other drinks, don't worry, they may use it another time, it's nothing wrong if they don't open it.
noimmigration  
15 Apr 2008 /  #5
a wine bottle filled with antifreeze, being polish he will not be able to tell the differance
mafketis 36 | 10,850  
15 Apr 2008 /  #6
it's nothing wrong if they don't open it.

While traditional Polish practice is indeed to open a bottle brought by a guest right away, in the US (in my experience) the opposite has traditionally been true. Bottles brought by dinnger guests are not opened while the guest is there (unless the guest is supposed to bring drinks). I don't know about Canadian practice.
tornado2007 11 | 2,270  
15 Apr 2008 /  #7
lol, the Poles don't care what they drink do they, as long as it has a % lable :)
mafketis 36 | 10,850  
15 Apr 2008 /  #8
The absolute best thing would be something Canadian (if that's where you're from) but if that's not possible then I agree that vodka is safer than wine. Even better might be cognac or brandy.
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
15 Apr 2008 /  #9
disagree on cognac or brandy :)
no comments on tornado's and noimmi's jokes
fred_chopin  
15 Apr 2008 /  #10
One would expect as much from noimagination, but Tornado, really.
Seanus 15 | 19,674  
15 Apr 2008 /  #11
Vodka or wine? What's wrong with both?
z_darius 14 | 3,965  
15 Apr 2008 /  #12
Huge headache the morning after when you mix the two ;)
kioko - | 84  
16 Apr 2008 /  #13
In my opinion wine is better as a gift. If you bring vodka your host may think that you think about Poles stereotypical.
Buddy 7 | 167  
16 Apr 2008 /  #14
Be aware your guest may well have a bottle already to role, the enivitable result will be you will down shots while eating. Once their bottle is done, yours will follow. Reult....REALLY ******* DRUNK.... have fun and try not to throw up.
Kitty - | 5  
17 Apr 2008 /  #15
Wine would be much better suitable for this occasion.

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