Saving a great bottle of wine for that special occasion that still hasn't rolled around? Well, Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) can be that occasion! Always the fourth Saturday of February, I've enjoyed observing this tradition for several years now. This time, the rest of my family was out of town for the weekend, so organizing an OTBN gathering seemed like a fun way to keep myself busy in their absence.
As you can see, my friends and I assembled and sampled quite a lineup of wines! But of course, any time we start talking about enjoying wine, food needs to be in the conversation. My preparation for the day started on Friday, getting the beef marinading for stew the next day.
The 2009 Charles Krug Reserve Cabernet and the 2006 Chateau Pontet-Fumet made for a great start to the wine-focused weekend! The incredible silky mouthfeel of the Krug sticks with me 2 days and quite a few bottles later. John also brought some serious steaks over to go with the serious wine...
And an onion and jalapeno pizza with some nice kick!
Muhammarra (spicy red pepper dip) for the early nibbles. Then it was on to some salad--needed to get some greens with all the rich foods!
My aim was to use the walnuts and parm cheese in the salad to help it stand up to the reds I correctly suspected we'd be into at that point of the evening. One of my favorites of the evening was opened around this time...
There was one more OTBN contribution to go with dessert.