Open That Bottle Night at Beechwood Inn Feb 28 2021

Open That Bottle Night at Beechwood Inn Feb 28 2021

 

Open That Bottle Night at Beechwood Inn Feb 28 2021

Win a Free Stay at Beechwood Inn – Enter “Open That Bottle Night February 28, 2021 (Virtual)”
Win a Free Stay at Beechwood Inn merely by enjoying a bottle of wine! That’s right, you get to drink your favorite bottle of wine on Feb 28th and you can be entered to win a visit to Beechwood Inn. Here’s what is up:
Normally each year we have a big celebration at Beechwood Inn for World-Wide “Open That Bottle Night.” Image above is of the wines brought to our 2019 event. This year we can’t offer it (you can guess why). But we want you to celebrate and send us a photo of your personal celebration, whether it’s just you and your date or you with friends (please socially distance).
Send us your photo and a short story about the wine and we will select the best submission and award the prize, a gift certificate to Beechwood Inn. Includes: overnight stay, wine-thirty, 10% discount coupon for Fortify Kitchen and Bar, Breakfast and a bottle of Beechwood Inn Wine.
Here’s what Open That Bottle Night Means: Whether it’s the only bottle in the house or one bottle among thousands, just about all wine lovers have that very special wine that they always mean to open, but never do. This is why “Tastings” columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher invented Open That Bottle Night, the world-wide celebration of friends, family and memories during which all of us finally drink that wine that is otherwise simply too special to open. World-wide now, the celebration is always on the last Saturday in February.
For open that bottle night what you should select is not necessarily the most expensive wine in your inventory, but the bottle that with the most memories, and you should share that special thought with your friends.
So, take a couple classy/funny/interesting photos (or short video) of you and your wine and your celebration and send it to us here at Beechwood Inn. Please include some interesting/witty/loving/sad information on why this wine is so special. Our highly trustworthy panel of judges, Gayle and David, will be the sole determinates of who wins Beechwood Inn’s Virtual version of “Open That Bottle Night 2021.” We will announce the winner and publish the best photos along with your name and why this wine is so special in our social media and newsletter. Submission of your photos (or short video) constitutes your permission for us to republish them. So, drink some memorable wine and get entered. Please have your submissions to us no later than March 10, 2021. Send entries to info@beechwoodinn.ws
I’ve been looking at my cellar and all the old wines that need drinking and wondering what am I waiting for. My tastes have changed over the last forty-five years but I still feel a strong attachment to the wines I originally bought. I had no idea they would end up in the back of a cellar forgotten more than neglected. Last year Gayle and I made a vow to start drinking the oldest wines in my cellar, and while some are past their prime, others surprise.

 

If you plan to participate in Open That Bottle Night, here are some tips to help you make the most of it.

  1. Choose the wine. This is the all-important first step. You don’t necessarily want to open your “best” wine or your most impressive wine, but the wine that means the most to you, the one that you would simply never open otherwise. You’re looking for a bottle full of memories.
  2. Stand older wine up (away from light and heat, of course) for a few days before you plan to open it — say, on Wednesday. This will allow the sediment, if there is some, to sink to the bottom.
  3. Both reds and whites are often better closer to cellar temperature (around 55 degrees) than today’s room temperature.
  4. With an older bottle, the cork may break easily. The best opener for a cork like that is one with two prongs, but it requires some skill. You have some time to practice using one. Be prepared for the possibility that a fragile cork may fall apart with a regular corkscrew. If that happens, have a carafe and a coffee filter handy. Just pour enough through the coffee filter to catch the cork.
  5. Otherwise, do not decant. It’s safe to assume that these are old and fragile wines. Air could quickly dispel what’s left of them. If the wine does need to breathe, you should have plenty of time for that throughout the evening.
  6. Have a backup wine ready for your special meal, in case your old wine really has gone bad.
  7. If you are having an OTBN party, ask everyone to say a few words about the significance of the wine they brought. This really is what OTBN is all about, sharing.
  8. Serve dinner. Open the wine and immediately take a sip. If it’s truly, irretrievably bad — meaning vinegar — you will know it right away.
  9. Enjoy the wine for what it is, not what it might someday be or might once have been.
Here’s more info on open that bottle night: https://beechwoodinn.ws/open-that-bottle-night-at-beechwood-inn/