Come on now, ’fes up. You’ve got a bottle (or two) of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. You know, the one with memories. The one that makes you think of your best friend or that first trip to Napa or your parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Maybe it’s the Louise Latoure that made you realize you actually do like Pinot Noir or the Veuve Clicquot Champagne that went so perfectly with oysters.
Whatever your special wine is, you’ve probably been saving it a long time.
Well save no longer, because this Saturday, February 24th,it’s time for the ninth annual Open That Bottle Night. This great tradition started on the last Saturday of February, 2000, when Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, wine columnists for the Wall Street Journal, suggested readers should crack open a bottle of symbolically significant wine and email them the ensuing story of the event. From a 1986 Lafite with pizza to a treasured 1916 Zinfandel from an Italian Swiss Colony, from a research station in the Antarctic to the house just down the street, stories poured in from around the world.
Today OTBN has become a global celebration. The evening is not nearly so much about the wine itself as about fond memories, great friends, and celebrating life everyday. We haven’t decided what wine we’ll be drinking, but you can be sure there will be at least one less bottle in the cellar and one more memory in our hearts by the end of the evening.
And if you feel so moved, share your story with us. We'd love to hear from you.