Here’s my yearly reminder about Open That Bottle Night (OTBN), the fun night when wine drinkers get to open the bottle of wine they’ve been saving for sometime. For the 12th year in a row, that sometime is the last Saturday night in February.

Started by by former Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Breche in 1999, the night has become a worldwide event in which corks are popped on bottles that have gathered dust.

Last year, I opened a bottle of The Big ‘O’ from Unionville Vineyards here in New Jersey. This year, I plan to open a bottle of Seyval Blanc from Georgia’s Persimmon Creek Vineyards. Neither of them is what most people would call expensive bottles, but I’m the type of person OTBN was created for.

When I buy a bottle of wine that is more expensive than what I typically buy, I tend to say, “No, we can’t open that bottle just to eat with pizza. We need to save it for something more special.” The bottle sits and collects dust waiting for something more special; or, the last weekend in February.

It’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be opening on Open That Bottle Night if you want to join the global uncorking. If you don’t have a bottle to open, that’s okay. I suggest you head out to a local winery, and purchase a bottle of wine that’s a little more expensive than you usually spend and open that on OTBN. There are no OTBN police who will knock on your door and fine you for opening a new bottle.

Do you know what you’ll be opening on OTBN? Let me know in the comments what you’ll be opening and why you’ve chosen that bottle. 

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