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Feb 21, 2008 04:57 PM

Open that Bottle Night

We are invited to an OTBN party this weekend. As I understand the concept, the idea is to open a special bottle of wine that you have been saving for a special occasion. In general, apart from certain wines we are holding to mature to their full potential, for us, any wine in the house is fair game on any night of the year. We tend to try harder to find a special wine when we entertain friends and guests because we enjoy good wine with good company, but there is really nothing that we are "saving" for a "special" occasion. (It has occured to me the maybe our personal definition of special ocassion is just set at too low of a threshhold, as in "Hey, steak for dinner, let's open a nice wine" or "Hey, it's Thursday, let's open a nice wine". ) Notwithstanding our normal modus operandi, we will bring along a nice wine or two to the celebration, but probably will look for something we think others at the party may not have tasted before because we just don't have anything we are holding for some undefined and unscheduled special ocassion.

FWIW, I am considering a bottle of Blair Estate Red 2000 and an 1997 ESJ Syrah.

Curious if others on this board have any plans for OTBN?

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  1. Thanks for the reminder, going to have to scope out the cellar.

    1. We're hosting a dinner party for 8 and using OTBN as an excuse. As I understand it, the bottle to be opened doesn't necessarily have to be a special bottle as in great bottle of wine, but more a bottle that holds special meaning. For example, a bottle you received from a now dead relative or friend, or a bottle of wine from a great vacation, etc. I like your idea of bringing something others may not have tried, though. I'm guessing we'll have some guests bring a bottle they've been holding for that special occasion that never comes, and others who will just bring a good bottle of wine they want to share.


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      1. re: barry

        Actually, it was your post on the 85 Dow Port that reminded me we had the party this weekend, and started me thinking about what to bring. In our case, everyone is bringing an appetizer also. I like your approach to this - any opportunity to get together with friends and try a bunch of different wines sounds like a fun evening to me. If some of the wines have interesting stories attached, all the better.

      2. That's what OTBN stands for! Thanks!

        I have a couple of Didier Dagueneau wines (Pur Sang) that are ripe for opening...

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        1. re: moh

          ooooooooooh! what time is dinner?

          1. re: ChefJune

            If you're cooking, anytime....

        2. Actually instead of OTBN, there is a group of us that get together about once a month at local restaurants that permit corkage and all bring a bottle (or two) for the others to try. Since all of us are wine geeks, the bottles tend to be pretty good. This month's theme is either a producer that you want to introduce to the others because they are probably not familiar with it, or bring an orphan, one of those last bottles in your cellar that you only have one of left. I haven't decided which way I'll go, but in any case I know I'm going to be drinking a lot of special wine.

          1. I absolutely love your low threshold for special occasions! Thanks for the reminder!