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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

Wednesday
Aug152012

recipe: citrus collins

1-1/2 oz citrus vodka
3/4 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake with cubed iced and strain over fresh ice into a dana cooler.

Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Wednesday
Jul182012

recipe: brandy wine punch

2 bottles of sparkling wine, chilled
1 L chilled club soda
1-1/2 C brandy
1-1/2 C Amontillado sherry
1 C fresh lemon juice
1/2 C superfine sugar
1/4 C Cointreau
1/4 C Ruby port
ice cubes
orange and lemon slices for garnish

Directions:
1. In a large punch bowl, add the sugar to the lemon juice and stir until it dissolves.

2. Add the remaining liquids and stir gently.

3. Add ice, garnish with fruit and serve.

Tuesday
Jul032012

summer party hints

sandra first, summer parties are usually casual and outdoors with plenty of room—so invite everyone! I have a neon ‘open’ sign that goes on the front deck so neighbors can take a break from their evening walk. Second, make guests feel welcome with icy cocktails, light small bites, comfortable chairs and lively conversation.
ashley retro cocktails and Bingo!
joyce micheladas: if you like beer and spicy food, it’s the best drink ever.  Tecate, Lime, Valencia hot sauce, a dash of Jugo Maggi (Mexican soy sauce) and salt on the rim and you’re good to go.
lauren grill—that is, someone grilling.  I’m not a cook, nor do I pretend to be, so I love when people offer to grill.  That smell is so intoxicating; nothing says summer like burning charcoal.  Some grilled shrimp and carne asada go great with lighter, juicy drinks.
sara music, music, music—I love making a mix specific to a party. When I go back and listen to it I can think of the good times that day. Always make sure to make room for an impromptu dance party. Roll up your rugs, put your breakables away and let the good times roll!
megan it’s gotta be outdoors—on a deck, at the beach or a park—to take advantage of the amazing but brief Chicago summers. Nothing’s better than having a cold one with friends outside in the summer—day or night.
april easy breezy is what it’s all about—fill one side of the kitchen sink with ice and use it as a bottle chiller and prep a small table as a bar so guests can serve themselves.
anna a lake and a floating raft… with beer tethered in the cool water…and we’re good for the day!