OTBN History

I used to get paid to read the newspaper.  Four actually.

Well, that’s not entirely true.  Part of my job included reading the newspaper.  I inherited the four papers my predecessor preferred to read; one of which was The Wall Street Journal.

And so I would sit at my desk with my coffee and read four newspapers as quickly as I could.  I always found time to either read or cut out the wine articles from John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter.  Those articles inspired most of what you’ll see from me here (drink ware, other drinks, OTBN).

As I had recently returned to New Hampshire I felt like I needed something to lure the gang north.  I’m also a hoarder.  So I have many bottles of wine that I’ve been waiting for a special occasion to open but never have.  Who better to open the wine with than Glenn, Katrin and Rodney?  And so I proposed an “Open That Bottle Night” a la Brecher and Gaiter.

I recommended we celebrate it on the same night they suggest: the last Saturday in February.  For those of us living in colder climates, this is a fabulous time–we tend to hibernate as the darkness lingers with the cold weather and we need very compelling invitations to lure us from our dens.

But I needed something more to feel justified in making three people make the trek: food.  Since this was the first OTBN I was bursting at the seams with choices so I paired each course with an OTBN selection.  And so a tradition began.

December 6, 2009


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