Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Open That Bottle Night 2/28 - Tickets now on sale $95 - Join us online even if you can't make dinner!

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 13, 2009.

Well we did it. It's official, Open that Bottle Night will celebrate its tenth anniversary in Style as Astor Center and Snooth work together with Wilson Daniels to deliver an evening filled with fine wine, friends, a sumptuous spread, and a chance to participate in the Twitter Taste Live global interactive wine tasting featuring four wines provided by Wilson Daniels:

2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Kritt Pinot Blanc Les Charmes, Alsace

2006 Domaine Pierre Morey Aligoté, Burgundy

2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Perrières, Costières de Nîmes

2006 Tenuta di Biserno Insolgio del Cinghiale, Toscana IGT

If you will not be able to join us for dinner in New York City please join us as we twitter away the night. Open That Bottle Night is a national event and we encourage all of our members to open something special and join us via Twitter to share your impressions. Post your notes the nest day on Snooth and follow the discussions in the forum. This will be a great way to bring all of us together as we share wines, exchange opinions and celebrate our common passion.

While this is a real live event I want to personally invite each and every one of you to participate as you can. The point of the evening is to explore and discover new wines while sharing with friends and family. Introduce a new friend to great wine, surprise a loved one with that special bottle or slip an undiscovered gem into a blind tasting with your connoisseur friends. There are so many ways to turn Open That Bottle Night into a great memory! Let's hear what yours will be!

This year’s Open That Bottle Night theme is, in fact, exploration and discovery, and to start off on the right foot guests will be greeted with a glass of Schramsberg’s Cremant, a sparkling wine made from the rare Flora Grape, a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer.

The festivities will continue with the uncorking of a rare gallon bottle of 1971 Borgogno Barolo and participants will have the opportunity to vote on other wines to be served during the evening, such as magnums of 1993 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux and 1983 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, by using the poll on Snooth’s home page.

Check out all the great wines in the poll now!

During our catered three course dinner you will have the opportunity to trade tastes from your bottles with other diners at your table or feel free to search the room for friends new and old. Astor Center is located at 399 Lafayette St, just above Astor Wines & Spirits in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood. Please be prepared to bring one bottle per person to dinner.

We expect demand for this event to be high so sign up soon.

Tickets can be purchased here -

Once you have purchased your tickets please send me an email letting me know if you would like to be seated with anyone in particular. While you are free to bring any wine you like I will set some rough themes for the tables< please let me know which table you would like to be seated at! These themes are not fixed and will help us keep track of tables.

California Cabernet
The Rhone Valley
West Coast Pinot Noir
Wierd and Wacky!

Thanks everybody - Can't wait to see you all!

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 13, 2009.

Booked for myself, +1

I'll sit anywhere, but like the sound of Germany, or Cali Cabs, or Rhone, or West Coast Pinot. OK, thats half the tables already

Reply by Nicolaus Bauer, Feb 13, 2009.

Just booked. West Coast Pinot Noir would be great or Burgundy.

Reply by RachelNYC, Feb 13, 2009.

Ok, I just bought myself a ticket.

Does the table we want to sit at have to correspond to what we are bringing? If not then Burgundy, or Bordeaux would be my preferences. If so, I still have to figure out which bottle I want to bring. The '89 Argentine Cab Sav is in the lead at the moment.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Feb 13, 2009.

Got to clear the schedule to make sure I can indeed come.

Just to set the record straight, no I am not going to bring the 1873 Madeira this time, but you won't be disappointed with what I dig up.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 13, 2009.

Funny I have some Madeira sitting on my desk. 1898, 1880, 1910. I'm not bringing those either.

Not sure what bottle I'll be bringing.

Finding out then will be part of the fun!

Reply by MReff, Feb 13, 2009.

As much as I would like to come, Saturday evenings are rather rough for me at the moment. Have fun and let me know when the next one is.



Reply by Eric Guido, Feb 14, 2009.

I'm in and would probably be most useful at the Piedmont or Tuscany table. Looks like I'm bringing a Barolo, still settling on the vintage.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 16, 2009.

Well we're off to a good start. TIme to write this all up for tomorrow's email.

Judging from the poll it looks like Barolo is in the lead with Burgundy and California Cabernet close on its heels!

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 16, 2009.

I've got my ticket -- looking forward to it.

Reply by BobbyC10, Feb 17, 2009.

Just grabbed my ticket. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 17, 2009.

That's great!

Make sure you vote in the poll too. What else should I be bringing?

Looking forward to meeting you.

Reply by whiteburgundwine, Feb 17, 2009.

Burgundy Wine lies at the very heart of France, and is one of the world’s finest wine producing regions. Located two hours to the southeast of Paris, the wine area starts in Chablis in the north of the region and then it follows the autoroute A6 southerly to Lyon. The Burgundy soil is mainly based on oolitic limestone, upon which both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes flourish.

The red wines, made with the Pinot Noir, are more difficult to grow because these grapes are more sensitive to disease or to being badly handled. Towards the south of the region, from around Macon, the soil changes to a reddish granite schist and sand of the Beaujolais. Here, the Gamay grape flourishes, making excellent red wines, many of which are drunk while they are young. If you have not been to Burgundy, try it. It is a great part of France to visit for a holiday. Alternatively, stay at home and simply drink and enjoy the wine. You can more information for the Burgundy Wine in:

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 17, 2009.

Welcome to Snooth White.

This is really not the right place for your post. If you want to start a separate thread promoting your site and the wines of Burgundy it would probably be more effective than adding on to this thread.

Are you living in Burgundy? Do you work within the wine industry?

It's always a pleasure meeting those with the insight that can only come from living in and working in a specific wine region.

Reply by Philip James, Feb 17, 2009.

Can anyone recommend an Open That Bottle Night in San Francisco?

A user wrote to me saying they'd like to be involved with this event, but they were looking for something in the bay area. Anyone know of anything good?


Reply by Uwe Kristen, Feb 18, 2009.

I signed up and wouldn't mind to be seated at what is probably going to be the most popular table: Germany. If there is still a seat available.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 18, 2009.

There is of course Uwe,

I look forward to seeing you there!

Reply by jbc95a, Feb 18, 2009.

I'll likely be joining via Twitter --- but what's the twitter name to follow? I don't see it listed anywhere...

Reply by Philip James, Feb 18, 2009.

JBC - that would be great. Greg will get back to you on how to follow us via twitter, it'll probably be via Greg's account:

@GregoryDalPiaz, but my account is @philip_james, as i'll try to twitter too

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 18, 2009.

Well i use my real name on twitter but you'll be able to follow the feed on Twitter Taste Live by using this search

All the TTL comments that evening will have the #TTL marking added to them, making them easy to follow, as if following 10,000 people posting at once can be easy!

Reply by jbc95a, Feb 18, 2009.

Ahhh. @Philip_james, @GregoryDalPiaz: that answers my questions --- more than anything, I'm impressed with the concept and wanted to tweet about it. Thanks!

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