Tonight wine lovers everywhere will gather in large groups and intimate settings to take part in what's become a cherished ritual.
Nine years ago husband and wife wine experts Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher created Open That Bottle Night. Gaiter and Brecher wanted to give wine lovers an official excuse to open the bottle they'd been saving for just the right occasion; They knew the winey little secret of we serious sippers--the "right" occasion never seems quite right.
By creating the occasion, Gaiter and Brecher have given all of us permission to open and enjoy the wine, and most importantly, share the experience. I've been so touched by many of the stories of the bottle openings. That's probably why I always inadvertently renamed the event. To me,OTBN has always been Open That (Special) Bottle Night.
OTBN is the great equalizer for wine enthusiasts. It doesn't matter if you only have a wine rack in the corner of your closet, or an 8,000 bottle cellar--likely there is one bottle you're saving. I've got a few bottles like that including a 1994 Antori Tignanello, and a 1997 Windsor Meritage. They were both gifts from friends. I planned to open of them when I won the lottery:)
Can I open one of these special bottles tonight? Honestly, I don't know. But,the rule of OTBN is that there are no rules except that you open a bottle that reminds you of a special moment in your life, something more than your typical Saturday night supper wine.
Instead of one of my gift bottles, I may select a lovely champagne I bought for myself to remind me of a long ago wonderful weekend. No wonder Gaiter and Brecher say OTBN is an occasion to uncork special memories.