Open That Bottle You Have Been Saving — NOW!

Open That Bottle You Have Been Saving — NOW!

You know that great bottle of wine you have been holding for a special occasion? Well we think you should open it this weekend.

Yep. Why wait?

Especially because this Saturday February 25, 2017 is Open That Bottle Night.

And that means you should pull out a bottle you have been saving for a special occasion and just pop the cork.

Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) was created back in 1999, by Dorothy J. Gaiter and her husband John Brecher, who were the Wall Street Journal’s wine columnists at the time.

They would get letters and comments from tons of readers saying they had saved a bottle for a special occasion — and the occasion never came. The person they were waiting to share that bottle with had died, or the wedding never happened, or you pick.

So they were inspired. Why do we need to wait? Open the darn thing now.

And the movement began. They picked a night and suggested to their readers that everyone open a bottle that they had been holding special occasion or that they thought was just too “good” to open.

And the initial response was overwhelming. Not only did people open their “special occasion” wines, they shared the stories that were associated with those bottles.

They have since moved the day to the last Saturday in February so this Saturday marks the 19th OTBN.

It has become a world-wide celebration. Gaiter and Brecher have received comments from people as far as Thailand, Scotland, even Antarctica — all sharing their bottles and their stories.

And the crusade continutes. Because life is way too short. And as one of Gaiter’s and Brecher’s readers wrote after the first OTBN, “Drink it, don’t revere it!”

So go pick a bottle. It doesn’t even have to be your most expensive or highest rated. Open something that you put away to remember a person or event.

And they offer a few tips for your older wines:

If its super old, stand it up a few days before so the sediment falls to the bottom and you might not want to decant it. The extra air may actually ruin the wine.

And if the cork is old, be very careful when opening it because it may be brittle.

Consider using a two-pronged wine opener, known as an “Ah-So.” Just slide the two prongs between the cork and the bottle. Take your time, and you’ll remove the cork in one piece.

(Seems it got its name from the German saying “Ach So” loosely meaning “Ah, I see.” Mainly because people didn’t know what the heck it did. “Ah, so that’s what it is for!”)

And look, there is always a chance that your super old wine may have gone bad. So have a Plan B bottle just in case.

Either way have fun with it. And while the wine may taste different than you expected, that doesn’t make it bad. It just makes it different.

So appreciate those differences. Old wines are beautiful in their own way and always have a story to tell. So listen to them.

Life is fleeting. Go open the wine.

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.

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