Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Wine Snobs Don’t Want to Share

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When sorbet is served between courses, how much are you to eat? I say a few bites, my husband says ALL OF IT!

GENTLE READER: Because sorbet served between courses is considered a palate cleanser, portions are meant to be small.

But if your host mistakes the sorbet for a down payment on dessert, Miss Manners recommends leaving some on your plate. This is less a requirement of etiquette than a way to survive the meal.

(Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)