Saturday marks the 12th year special bottles of wine across the country will be opened in honor of simply enjoying a great bottle. Open That Bottle Night was founded in 2000 by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of The Wall Street Journal, who, at the time, wanted to encourage their readers to enjoy a great bottle of wine they had been holding on to simply for the purpose of enjoying it. I also have to think the duo had probably run in to what I have dealt with a few times in the past: holding a bottle so long that the once silky, seductive, celebrated juice turned to a vinegar-like substance.
So, look in your cellar, your closet, under the bed (or wherever you hide that great bottle) and dust it off to enjoy it. I have a nutty, yet vibrant, melon and stone fruit-filled 2006 Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay and a 2004 Bressia Conjuro Malbec blend with luscious cherry and plum flavors married with earth and leather – both incredible wines. What will you be drinking? Let me know and raise your glass high in honor of your favorite bottle.