In case you’ve missed the build-up to this much anticipated day, let me share with you news that tonight is the ninth annual Open That Bottle Night (OTBN). Dreamed up by Wall Street Journal writers Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, the premise is that anyone with any interest in wine has at least one bottle that has long been languishing for that “special occasion” that never seems to arrive. Well, OTBN gives you permission–go ahead, open it tonight!
I’d have to say if you’re going to invent a holiday this sure beats Festivus.
We’re going to take a slightly different tack on OTBN here. When I buy a special bottle of wine, I usual figure out an occasion appropriate to open it in relatively short order. For many holidays and birthdays, we save money by cooking a special meal at home which also prompts us to open a special bottle.
But I do have a bottle that seems appropriate for OTBN. As I started getting more interested in wine over the past few years, starting to “put some bottles down” for longer term aging was a natural step. Now, this is all relative in a cellar where wine typically didn’t stay for more than a few months.
But tonight we will open the first bottle that I put down for aging several years ago, with a little sticker telling me to open it in 2008. It’s a Cote du Rhone, nothing especially fancy, but someone at the wine shop suggested it would improve with aging. So tonight we’ll put that advice–and our cellar conditions–to the test. I will report soon!
So what will you open tonight?