Feb 24: Open That Bottle Night at Beechwood Inn in North Georgia Mountains

February 24, 2018 (Sat)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Beechwood Inn Georgia's Premier Wine Country Inn
220 Beechwood Dr, P.O. Box 429
Clayton, Georgia 30525

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Cost: Dinner is $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity (if you bring a bottle of wine, $89 if you don’t)

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Feb 24: Open That Bottle Night at Beechwood Inn

Dinner is $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity (if you bring a bottle of wine, $89 if you don’t) and features our guests’ most memorable wines; additional wine is available from our wine list. For reservations contact the Beechwood Inn at (706) 782-5485. Mentioned wines are suggested pairings, actual pairings depend on what is brought. Please let us know of dietary restrictions at least 48 hours in advance

Feb 24: Winter Italian Dinner – Beechwood Inn

Aperitif: Gruyere Cheese Puff Pastry, Glass of Beechwood Inn Wine

Appetizer: House-Made Ravioli Filled with Local Cheese, Wild Mushrooms, Fresh Herbs with Mushroom Bisque, Aged Parmesan; Gayle’s Sour Dough Bread and Spring Ridge Creamery Butter, 2012 Carlin de Paolo, il Giullare, Monferrato Chiaretto Rosato

Salad: Winter Greens with Roasted Red Peppers with aged Balsamic, Gorgonzola and EVOO

Entree: Grilled Local Lamb Rack with Tuscan Herbs and Cilantro Minted-Buttered Shallots, Polenta Alla Griglia Con Ragu Di Funghi, Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragu

2012 Verso Rosso Salento, Puglia, Italy

Vini da Meditazione: Aged Italian Cheese, 2007 Corte Rugolin Amarone, Monte Danieli, Veneto, Italy (or equivalent)

Dessert: Gaye’s Cherry Cheesecake with Vanilla Cream

Fresh Brewed Coffee and Herb Teas

Feb 24: Open That Bottle Night at Beechwood Inn

About Open That Bottle Night:

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. http://guides.wsj.com/wine/entertaining-and-celebrating-with-wine/open-that-bottle-night/

On OTBN, which is celebrated on the last Saturday of February every year, thousands of bottles all over the world are released from their prison and enjoyed. With them come memories of great vacations, long-lost loved ones and bittersweet moments. Wine is more than the liquid in the bottle, it’s about history, geography, relationships and all of the things that are really important in life.

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. On the other hand, if you have, say, a 1929 Lafite that’s just sitting there, it’s tough to argue with that.

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.

10. Drop Dottie and John a note at wine@wsj.com about your evening. Be sure to include your name, city and phone number, in case they need to contact you so that they can share your account with other readers.

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