Stories about 2009 Open That Bottle Night (page 4)
(from JesÃºs M., Venezuela, day after OTBN 2009)
it was such a wonderful experience...
a writer I tend to save my bottles for prizes, books releases and such
events but since I discovered recently Open That Bottle Night i found a
new reason to celebrate life and wine with my wife and my 6 and a half
months old child.
decided to open my Nieto Senetiner Cadus Malbec 2002, which i had from
almost two years. I recently tasted the Cadus 2004 and was very
impressed with fruit concentration, so i wanted to taste this.
cooked some meat which originally was supposed to become philly cheese
steak sandwiches but they were so gorgeous I ate them with cassava and
home made biscuit (I baked them 20 minutes before service).
(from David & Judy S. and Ron & Margaret N. of Illinois)
Our group of four celebrated "Open That Bottle Night" on Saturday night, Feb. 28th, as follows:
our appetizer (shrimp cocktail) we enjoyed a bottle of 2004 Kistler
Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay. This 2004 Dutton
Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay was part of the first shipment
that I received from Kistler about 3-4 years ago, and we had been
saving it for a special occasion. The Kistler wine
has a great reputation, so we were all very eager to try it. We
decided: Why wait, let's drink it. We found that the
Kistler Chardonnay was excellent - we agreed it was the best Chardonnay
we had ever tasted.
With our dinner (beef tenderloin, baked
potatoes and cooked carrots), we had two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon
- both of which I decanted for about 4-5 hours. The first bottle
was a 2002 St. Francis Kings Ridge Vineyards Reserve Cabernet
Sauvignon. We have visited St. Francis Vineyards in
Sonoma three times, where we have enjoyed the wine &
charcuterie (a pairing of fine wines with gourmet
appetizers). St. Francis is one of our favorite wineries,
and we had been saving this 2002 Kings Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon for
about 3-4 years, and waiting for a special occasion to enjoy
it. Again, we decided: Why wait, let's drink
it. This wine, which is St. Francis' best Cabernet
Sauvignon was outstanding, and we agreed it was among the best Cabs we
have tasted. We also enjoyed a bottle of 1992 Burgess
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Although we had high hopes
for this 1992 vintage, all of us were disappointed in it. The
1992 Burgess did not compare to the 2002 St. Francis Cab.
dinner, we adjourned to the family room with some Gevalia coffee to
watch the DVD "Bottle Shock," which is a movie re-enacting the
"Judgment of Paris of 1976." We all thoroughly enjoyed the
movie. In summary, our first annual "Open That Bottle Night" was
a huge success.
(from Colleen D. of New York City)
spring, I helped a friend move ...and for that, I got her lasting
appreciation and also an unexpected gift: a 1998 Chateau de Sales
Pomerol Bordeaux. (The provenance was a bit shady, but I believe she
won the $49 bottle as a door prize at a party.) Lacking a wine cellar
(or even a wine refrigerator) in my studio apartment, I stored it in a
dark closet -- and waited for that special occasion, which turned out
to be Open That Bottle Night.
I headed down to Christopher
Street, where my drinking partner (and main squeeze) Rodger and I
sipped the wine throughout the night. He is much more sophisticated in
his wine knowledge than I am, and has a lovely New Zealand accent to
boot, so his comments about the wine far transcended mine. He liked how
it was "sweaty leathery" with a "sweet earthy smell" and "spiciness of
a cigarbox." I wasn't sure if I was intimidated by the occasion, the
wine, the loud street noise of the West Village, but all I could come
up with was that the wine smelled "like new carpet" with a "bite to it"
and was "anything but gulpable." Our reaction to the wine was
mixed - he clearly enjoyed it, while I was perhaps thrown by something
that didn't taste like the big (maybe over-the-top?) $10 Shiraz, Cabs
and Malbecs that I usually drink.
But it was a learning
experience...and a fun, delicious experiment. And the label really
comes off when you stick the bottle in a hot oven, something I tried
the next morning with memories of a special wine, with a special
person, still fresh on my mind.
(from Richard S. and Barbara H. of Washington State)
it's not much of a wine cellar, but it is ours, and we do have about 40
bottles of mostly Washington wine (where we live) and it was time to
drink one (or two). We invited a friend who is a real wine
connoisseur but he couldn't make it. We invited another friend
who we like but hadn't had much recent contact with and Saturday was
the right night. As our guest is a bachelor, we decided on
home-cooked comfort food. We started with crab salad on endive
and offered champage or chardonnay. He doesn't like white wine so
we started in on the red - 2004, Col Solare from Chateau St. Michelle
in Washington. Excellent, so it's not "proper" with crab
salad - who cares? The dinner was pot roast, which Barbara
has mastered. With the main course we served Woodward Canyon "Old
Vines" Cabernet Sauvigon, 2004. It was named as one of
Washington's finest a year ago and it lives up to its reputation.
For dessert, we served another Chef's specialty: Key Lime Pie and had
some Grand Marinier to top it off.
A wonderful evening of
good conversation with a good friend and all thanks to Open That Bottle
Night, or the wine would still be on the shelf instead of being enjoyed!
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