While it's good form to show up with bottle in hand, which bottle should it be?

Closing your eyes and pointing in the Trader Joe’s liquor aisle will only take you so far. While it’s good form to show up with bottle in hand, which bottle should it be?

BUSINESS DINNER
Studio guys are wine geeks; the investors like White Zinfandel.
Appearances count, says Rowland Perkins, a former CAA agent who’s now chairman of NPOWR Digital Media. A white Chassagne Montrachet such as a Ramonet ($54-$250) is easy to drink while maintaining snob appeal.

A FRIEND’S HOUSE
She’s an only organic vegan.
Private chef Johnny Graham, who trained with Charlie Trotter, suggests bottles of Tanqueray (one of a handful of vegan-friendly spirits) and chilled tonic. “Most red wines are better paired with animal protein,” he says. “And what vegetarian isn’t tired of getting Chardonnay as a host gift?”

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