When I first started drinking wine, the thought of purchasing it, but not drinking it right away was not one that ever crossed my mind. If I bought it, I drank it within a few weeks…a few months, tops! Of course, at that time in my life, the thought of me spending over $10 for a bottle was also pretty much insane. Boy, have I come a long way! Now, I intentionally buy “keeper” bottles. They are generally wines that need a few more years to mature, and are usually much more expensive than what I would pay for wine to drink on a daily basis. These are wines that I always say that I’ll drink on a “special occasion.” However, when a special occasion arrives, I often find myself wanting to drink something else instead, and continue to hold onto those other precious bottles. I always think, “These wines might be good now, but just think how much better they will be in a few more years!” So, they stay on the the rack until the next special occasion, upon which I usually, yet again, store them until another time.
Well, this past week, I learned about an annual event called, “Open That Bottle Night,” which is now in its 10th year. The purpose of this evening is to give me, and others like me, the perfect excuse to open up one of those special bottles that we’ve been hoarding away. The vintage doesn’t matter, nor does the type of wine or the price. The whole point is to drink something that will be memorable. This could be a bottle that you received for a wedding or graduation, one that you purchased on a special vacation, or even one that you haven’t really been storing, but have just always wanted to try. This year, individuals and restaurants around the globe will be hosting “Open That Bottle Night” parties on Saturday, February 27th. You, too, can celebrate the evening by simply opening up your own special bottle, either with a group of people, or simply with a spouse or good friend. Eat some great food along with it, laugh, take pictures, and have fun!
On Sunday, March 1st, I’ll be posting photos and a story about my own “Open That Bottle Night.” I’d love to hear about your experiences, too. Leave a comment and tell me about the wine that you chose, the story behind it, and the people that you shared it with. You can also send your story and photos to OTBN@OpenThatBottleNight.com to have it featured on the website.