Open That Bottle Night is a holiday all wine drinkers should know about. I am sure many of you are probably thinking some households celebrate this holiday every night. (Mine would be one of them.) And although you could treat it as simple as the name implies and just “open that bottle”, the creators of this truly fantastic holiday had much loftier goals.
No strangers to wine, Dorothy Gaiter and John Beecher introduced the holiday in their wine column for the New York Times in 2000. This husband and wife team believe what makes a wine great isn’t the price tag or even the quality. It is about the experience. And they summed it all up in their final article for the Wall Street Journal.
“It is all about you. By allowing other people to ridicule any wine you like or criticize the way you enjoy it, or by allowing others to decide for you what is and is not a fine wine, you are genuinely missing the point of wine, which is this: Your enjoyment of any wine is an extension of yourself, your emotions, your experiences and your circumstances when you drink it.”
They believe what makes a good (or even decent) wine “delicious” is the emotion and memory tied to the bottle. And so they created “Open That Bottle Night,” and encouraged their readers to gather family and friends and open a symbolically significant bottle and share the story behind it. What started 11 years ago has grown, so much that there is even a website dedicated to it.
So on Saturday, February 26th, we encourage you to get together with your friends and family and open the bottle that you’ve been saving for a special occasion or pick up one of our favorites . Share the story with your friends, and then please, share the story with us. We’d love to see pictures and hear about the first, of what we hope is many, Open That Bottle Night.