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Tuesday
Feb192013

open that bottle night 

What: Open That Bottle Night
When: Saturday, February 23
Where: Wherever!

How many times have you been gifted a special bottle of wine, or gone to great lengths to bring one back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip, only to open it after it’s too late?

Created by married wine critics Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, former contributors to The Wall Street Journal, whose column gave the everyday wine lover ratings they could relate to—such as: “delicious!”, just plain “good”, or so bad it’s “yech”—Open That Bottle Night, OTBN, reminds us that even excellent wines have a shelf life and life is too short to not enjoy them before their best use is paint thinner.

So plan a party—for this Friday, the last of the month and the traditional OTBN date—and work on the menu so the wine you’ve chosen compliments as it should. Check out these helpful hints, keep your fingers crossed, and enjoy creating a new memory for that very special bottle.

Hints:
1. Encourage guests to choose their bottle thoughtfully—and be prepared with ‘back-up bottles’ in case any have gone bad.

2. Be sure to share the story of the bottle with each other—and don’t forget to include the new memory of the evening’s events and those in attendance. Remember, good times with good friends are special events in and of themselves.

3. A bottle of red that’s “of a certain age” should be stood up a few days prior to opening to allow any sediments to sink to the bottom. This will ensure the best glass possible.

4. The corks of older bottles may be brittle or more difficult to remove so use a 2-prong corkscrew—which goes around the cork and not through it—and practice using it.

5. Slow down—and give proper consideration to the bottle’s temperature and the wine’s aeration. Older wines can be fragile so don’t jump to decant them or pour them down the drain at first ‘bad’ taste. Give them time to open up, try others in the meantime, swap stories, relax.

6. Create new memories with a collection of the corks marked with the date, or a scrapbook containing the bottle’s label and details of the evening—including recommendations for the wines that were worth the wait!

Tuesday
Oct302012

watch: halloween

Monday
Oct292012

frankenstorm

To everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy and outlying storms, our thoughts are with you. Batten down the hatches, take recommended emergency precautions and be safe!

Satellite View of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29photo courtesy of: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Tuesday
Oct092012

'home by novogratz' book signing events

Join us in select CB2 stores to celebrate the arrival of Home by Novogratz—the latest book from Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

Meet Robert and Cortney, get unique design ideas and inspiration for your space, and see the complete Novogratz Collection.

Most events are 6-8pm—Queen West Toronto is 5-7pm—and attendance is limited so RSVP as soon as possible!

CB2 Eastside New York, October 9
CB2 Queen West Toronto, October 11
CB2 Lincoln Park Chicago, October 16
CB2 South Beach Miami, October 17
CB2 Georgetown, October 23
CB2 West Hollywood, October 25

Thursday
Jun142012

diy with mikel welch: new york

What: DIY with Mikel Welch

Where: CB2 SoHo
When: Saturday, June 16 from 2-4pm

Where else: CB2 Eastside
When else: Thursday, June 21 from 6-8pm

A self-taught designer—and former CB2 Soho team member—Mikel’s vast experience ranges from prop stylist for Jerseylicious to professional set designer.

He loves common sense design solutions and looks forward to sharing many of them during two in-store DIY sessions while his current project—a finalist on HGTV’s Design Star—is in process.