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Open That Bottle Night

Billll's picture

We have celebrated this the last two years with friends.  This year because of my wife's foot surgery we will do it alone.For you info OTBN was created by the wine editors of the Wall Street Journal to encourage people to drink that bottle of wine they have put back to save for that special event that never comes.  People write in and share what wine it was they drank, how good (or bad) it was and the menu.  If any CT people do OTBN this week end please share the results here.  The WSJ gets thousands of letters so the odds of being published are long (we made it last year, much to our surprise).  If you've never participated try it!  It's really a lot of fun to create your own special occasion.

JaneRI444's picture

(post #43292, reply #1 of 28)

What a cool idea, I've never heard of that!   Is it going on now?   I'd love to read some of the responses.

Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #2 of 28)

It is always the last saturday in Feb---This Saturday nite.

JaneRI444's picture

(post #43292, reply #3 of 28)

I have nothing special waiting to be opened alas (although maybe this would be an excuse to splurge a little, though that's not really the concept).   I tried going to the WSJ website to see if there was anything there, but the lifestyle section appears to be for subscribers only.

Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #4 of 28)

We usually invite 3 couples to bring a bottle of their favorite and tell them the menu.  It works well- all want to bring a good bottle and not be embarresed.  We fix a nice dinner and furnish a bottle of our own and cocktails.  Go out and buy that bottle you have always wanted to try!!!

MadMom's picture

(post #43292, reply #5 of 28)

Have I just missed it, or did you ever say when OTBN was?  Or is it no special date at all?



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anneelsberry's picture

(post #43292, reply #6 of 28)

This Saturday, you drunken broad! ;^)

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #7 of 28)

Girl you are tough!! 

MadMom's picture

(post #43292, reply #9 of 28)

Well, perhaps I need to celebrate!



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Jean's picture

(post #43292, reply #11 of 28)

If anyone can think of a reason, you can. ;-)


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Jean's picture

(post #43292, reply #10 of 28)

ROFLMAO

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Fledge's picture

(post #43292, reply #14 of 28)

hahahahahaha!

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Fledge's picture

(post #43292, reply #15 of 28)

That is a great idea Bill.

"Live like you were dying"
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Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #21 of 28)

Try it sometime.  If you didn't celebrate OTBN declare one of your own--it is so nice to celebrate for no special reason.

MadMom's picture

(post #43292, reply #12 of 28)

I meant to add, that it takes a drunken broad to recognize one!  ;)



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

anneelsberry's picture

(post #43292, reply #13 of 28)

Yeah, and when the (hic) heck are you getting back to the corner with that bottle?


Actually, a pomegranite martini sounds like a really good idea about now.


Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #20 of 28)

Did you buy that bottle and celebrate OTBN?

JaneRI444's picture

(post #43292, reply #27 of 28)

No!   I ended up going out w/friends, and we killed a few bottles of decidely non-special Fetzer merlot!   Still a great night - no complaints.

iguana667's picture

(post #43292, reply #8 of 28)

This is a great idea-- the parents of a friend of mine actually accumulated a great cellar, but let many bottles get too old. It was a crying shame! (Don't ask for details on how old is too old; my friend was too crushed to provide specifics!)

PatricKinOnt's picture

(post #43292, reply #16 of 28)

Sorry for not getting back sooner.  I like the idea, although I never seem to be able to keep anything.  I built a new home last year and once I get around to finishing the basement (# 3 on the Big list) I have a perfect spot for a cellar.  I'm looking at about 100 sq ft (800 cubic feet) with a cooling system etc. but until then....


I do have a magnum of a '98 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE  that I was planning on keeping but I don't suppose it'll last the year :)  If I do open it, I'll post the info.


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Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #22 of 28)

Did you do it?

PatricKinOnt's picture

(post #43292, reply #28 of 28)

Sorry, No I didn't.  I might wait until later this spring as I have some familt coming in from the West.  Prob. do a Rack of Lamb..

I never felt like this the morning after 10 years ago!

 
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
by Sir Winston Churchill
And I'm a fanatic about Wine, Food, Scotch, and Coffee.....:-/
Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #17 of 28)

My wife & I shared a bottle of Monfrino Barolo, 1990.  It was magnificent with soft tannins,chocolate, earth and intense fruit. We had a Batali grilled, dry rubbed, 28 oz ribeye drizzled with  balsamic and evoo. Sauteed mushrooms, pommes Anna, and a tomato/mozzarella/basil salad completed the experience.  Did anyone else feast Saturday night?

assibams's picture

(post #43292, reply #18 of 28)

Sounds like a pleasant evening. 1990 was one of the best vintages in Piemonte, as was the 1989s. I have never heard of the name Monfrino, where is it from?


I cannot remember any specific meal on Saturday, but we made some pretty icecreams from the passion fruits, mangos, and pineapples DH had bought in Nairobi. And we drank a bottle of vintage Champagne (Cuvee Louis by Tarlant) just because :-)


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Billll's picture

(post #43292, reply #19 of 28)

I never could locate the winery--bought it for the vintage and fought off the temptation to drink it for 10 years!!    Paid $18 for it in '95.  Lucky to find a $50 Barolo today.

assibams's picture

(post #43292, reply #25 of 28)

Barolo prices have gone through the roof. My dad imports wines from Piemonte among others and says that the more famed wines (Sandrone, Scavino, Altare, Clerico, to name a few) now run up to €60 (that's around $75!!) directly from the winery.


We still hog a few 1989s and 1990s in our cellar that get openend for memorable evenings with friends once in a while.


"...never forget that the first syllable of convenience is con."
Bill Bryson

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Aberwacky's picture

(post #43292, reply #23 of 28)

I cannot remember any specific meal on Saturday, but we made some pretty icecreams from the passion fruits, mangos, and pineapples DH had bought in Nairobi. And we drank a bottle of vintage Champagne (Cuvee Louis by Tarlant) just because :-)

. . .of getting rid of a certain pregnant houseguest, perhaps?  LOL 


I dreamt of your passion fruit ice cream last night, BTW.   Thanks again for the fine food and even better company.


Leigh

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
assibams's picture

(post #43292, reply #24 of 28)

. . .of getting rid of a certain pregnant houseguest, perhaps?  LOL 


Now this is probably going to sound corny, but you know, had it meant you'd stay longer, I would have passed on the bubbly. Colin built himself a Leigh/Hogs 'shrine', keeps all the stuff from you in a box in his bed. And even Ian has worn his shirt every single day since Sunday. Oh, and Emma was seriously mad at me for returning without you from the airport.


The passion fruit ice cream was good, wasn't it! As for the food and company, you know where we are now :-)


"...never forget that the first syllable of convenience is con."
Bill Bryson

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Aberwacky's picture

(post #43292, reply #26 of 28)

Oh, that is so sweet!  Give them a big hug from me!


Leigh

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy