When To Open That “Special” Bottle

Friends toasting at dinnerAre you one of those people who has a wine bottle in your collection that you keep waiting for that “special” occasion to open?  Chances are you will never open that wine, and if you do, it may just be too late.  Instead, why don’t you take the opportunity to open it sooner rather than later?  Thanks to Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, long-time wine writers for the Wall Street Journal wine column, they created a special night back in 2000 called Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) that continues on to this day.  This night is made especially for that bottle you have possibly wasting away in your cellar.

Sometimes you just need to make your own special day to enjoy that bottle.  Wine is meant to be enjoyed  and shared and if it’s laying down in the cold darkness all these years, it’s not providing the value for which is was originally intended.  This Saturday, February 26, 2011 is OTBN 12, which is always held on the last Saturday of February every year. I think David Honig, of PalatePress, says it best when he states, “The wine is merely a vehicle, albeit a wonderful vehicle, that has the capacity to connect you to people, places and events worth remembering and celebrating.”

The wine that you choose doesn’t have to be an aged Premier Cru from Bordeaux either to qualify for this day.  It doesn’t have to be old, expensive or purchased on a special date like a birthday, wedding or graduation.  It could be a 2008 vintage you just bought last week.  As long as it is something you know you will enjoy and share with family and/or friends, you’re good to go.  Most of all, have fun and please share with us the bottle you chose down in the comments below or on our Facebook Page and feel free to include some photos.


Author:Ed Thralls

Social Media madman for Girard, Cosentino, Kunde, Cartlidge & Browne and Windsor Vineyards - certified specialist of wine, cyclist, winemaker - livin' the dream

4 Responses to “When To Open That “Special” Bottle”

  1. March 14, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    It’s my great honor to invite you to participate our 6th Shanghai International Wine Trade Fair on June 1-3, 2011 at INTEX in China.
    If you want to learn more about this event, please feel free to contact with me. Thank you!

    best regards,

  2. Ed Thralls
    March 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #


    Thanks for the invite!

  3. July 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    What a great idea – too many bottles are saved for special occasions that never happen. Or when they happen, the wine is past its peak. Everyday calls for a celebration!

  4. Ed Thralls
    July 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm #


    So true… what stress to stand in the cellar and try to pick the “right” bottle… just grab one and enjoy. That’s why you have it in the first place. Thanks for commenting!

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