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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Open That Bottle Night Dinner

The Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) concept was created by two US journalists back in 1998.  The idea being simply to gather some friends and share some special bottles of wine (special being a phrase open to interpretation by the host).  The concept lost some momentum with the departure from Wall Street by the two in question.  Fast forward to Australia in 2011 where, with the blessing of the concepts founders, Liz O'Connell and Trish Barry resurrected the concept to ensure it doesn't die. 

Never one to shy away from a damn good excuse to get some friends together and share in some good quality booze, I invited some friends for my own OTBN dinner.  Here's a summary of what we consumed.

Entree
Grilled Goat's Cheese Salad paired with a Seppelt 2008 Jaluka Chardonnay and then followed by a Clonokilla 2008 Viognier.

Main
Gordon Ramsay's Rump of New Season Lamb with Lentils paired with Morande 2005 Gran Riserva Merlot; Wendouree Cabernet Malbec 1995; Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz; and Jed Limited Release 2006 Malbec

Dessert
Ganache chocolate pots with Clementine Zest paired with Witches Falls 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Botrytis.

Cheese Course
Selection of cheeses paired with Witches Falls Granite Belt Classic Tawny.

Hangover
Medium bodied with lots of upfront cranial pressure, moderate finish that matches well with some Nurofen.

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