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Publish Date: 17 Feb 2017

Authored by: Anonymous

Saturday, February 25 is Open That Bottle Night (#OTBN), a worldwide event encouraging the opening of significant bottles of wine. We’ll be making the most of the occasion and cracking the screw cap on some special drops, and we’d love for you to join us – share your experiences with us on social @winecompanion.

Started by two food and wine columnists from the Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, nearly 20 years ago, Open That Bottle Night has now become a global phenomenon. So what’s it all about?

The journalists began the event based on the thousands of questions they received from people looking for ‘the perfect time’ to open a bottle of wine. The truth is, most of us wait too long, or never open certain bottles of wine because the significance attached to them is too great (or so it seems).

It’s the sentimental bottles that Dorothy and John had in mind for the event, rather than the rare collector’s items. It’s the one you picked up on your honeymoon, the birth-year bottle given to you by a friend, or the wine that reminds you of your relative. (In saying that, if you have a bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti gathering dust, then hey, here’s a great excuse.)

At the heart of Open That Bottle Night is that wine is to be enjoyed. It’s about opening that significant bottle and sharing its story with those you love – and in doing so creating a new, hopefully fond, memory.

To this end, the Wine Companion team will be opening some special bottles and sharing their stories on social. We’d love to hear the stories of your own special bottles, so join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the tag #OTBN.

Next article: read all about building and maintaining your wine collection with our Cellaring Essentials.

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