Open That Bottle Night 2010 came and went without much fanfare, last night, just as last year did. This year, however, we were back at home in North Idaho instead of Ogden, Utah.
As you may, or may not, know, Open That Bottle Night, or OTBN, is the night you force yourself to open that “once in a lifetime” bottle of wine because if you didn’t, it may never get opened. We save that special bottle for that special time and for some reason that special time never seems to be quite special enough. So the bottle sits. And sits. And sits.
“How ’bout THIS anniversary, honey?”
“Ummmm, no. Not quite important enough.”
And sits. And sits.
“How ’bout the birth of our 14th child, baby?”
“Ummmmmm, nope. Close, but STILL not quite important enough to open THAT bottle!”
And sits. Until, it has sat too long. Way too long!
That is why John Brecher and Dorothy (Dottie) Gaitor coined this once a year event, in their Wall Street Journal’s ”Tastings” column, that falls on the last Saturday of each February so that we could at least open a very special bottle before it had a chance to get over the hill, so to speak. And this was the eleventh year of the event and it has gone viral globally! It was all a-twitter on Twitter last night with the question, “What are YOU opening for OTBN tonight?”
Two years ago we had a little soiree at our place with a small group of friends and opened some very special wines. One of them was a 1981 Chateau St. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon. It wasn’t very good. It was either over the hill or just not kept correctly over the years as it was just bad.
But the experience was good. That was the year we unvailed our cork catcher as I had just finished it a couple of days prior. Last year we were on our own in Utah where we opened a Sancerre.
So, what did WE open for that OTBN last night? Good question.
This year we started out the evening with a 2007 Maryhill Chardonnay. AND, it marked the first night of the year we enjoyed a glass of wine outside while throwing the ball to the dogs. Last year we had snow in the back yard until April but this year it’s almost gone. The sun was out so it made for a beautiful setting but once the sun set it got chilly really fast. We even fed the fish in our pond for the first time this year on this eventful evening. I drug out a couple of folding chairs because all of the patio chairs are inside for the winter, and we used a step stool as a table (see photo).
Maryhill has continually impressed me with their quality juice. A couple of weeks ago we had a Maryhill Sangiovese and it was very good. We’re not really Sangiovese fans but this one was something we enjoyed. We always enjoy their vitners blend. But last night we opened a 2007 Columbia Valley Chardonnay, from Maryhill Winery. It had a light toasty finish that continued to linger. Very nice. It wasn’t at all over oaked.
Then, with dinner, we had a choice to make between a Cotes du Ventoux or a 2005 dArry’s Original Shiraz/Grenache from d’Arenberg in Australia and we chose the latter.
Shelley has a fondness for McLaren Vale Shiraz so we chose this one because of that. We had T-Bone steaks (we usually have rib eye steaks) and they were scrumptious. The only problem was that I THOUGHT it was a 100% Shiraz we were drinking (because I inadvertently FORGOT to look at the entire label!) but instead was a 50/50 Shirza/Grenache. My bad.
Well, it started out rather tight but opened up in due time to a VERY berry nose and a chewy, jammy taste! It paired very well with the steaks and by the end of the night my stomache was full and my heart was happy.
If you happened to enjoy your OWN Open That Bottle Night will you please comment here so that I know what YOU had to drink? Thank you for reading and, as always, bottoms up!