Saturday, February 26, 2005

6th Annual: Open That Bottle Night

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005

OTBN was created in 1999 for a simple reason: All of us have that one bottle of wine that is so special to us that we plan to open it on an important occasion, but never do. On OTBN, as a world-wide community, we prepare a special meal, finally open that bottle, and celebrate the memories.

We found this article on the Wall Street Journal and thought it embodied a great amount of merit.,,SB110747617716745627-search,00.html?collection=wsjie%2F30day&vql_string=wines+with+a+past%3Cin%3E%28article%2Dbody%29

Quick notes for the evening: (add'l notes can be found in the link)
1. Stand the wine up
2. Both reds and whites are often better closer to cellar temperature (around 55 degrees).
3. With an old bottle, the cork may break easily.
4. Otherwise, do not decant.
5. Have a backup wine ready for your special meal, in case your old wine really has gone bad.
6. Serve dinner.
7. Talk about the person who gave you the wine, or the circumstances under which you received it. This makes the wine resonate in a very sweet and personal way.
8. Enjoy the wine for what it is, not what it might be or might once have been.
9. Save one last glass in the bottle.
10. After the dishes are done, drink up, and enjoy those very last moments of a special night. asks that you drop them a note about your evening, although, we'd like to hear about it, too.

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