DEAR MISS MANNERS: When you have dinner guests, must you offer a full bar or no bar at all? We don’t typically have anything on hand but martini fixings and scotch, but we do stock beer and wine for guests.
GENTLE READER: Etiquette, being more interested in the “how” than the “what,” concentrates on serving the drinks rather than mixing them.
What you serve -- if you serve any alcohol at all -- is up to you. Miss Manners does require that if you hide the good wine from undiscriminating palates, then the discriminating palates (including the host’s) will have to settle as well. And requests for nonalcoholic beverages should be honored without argument or inquiry.