• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Open That Bottle Night: Celebrate with a special bottle of bubbly or wine

Have you heard the latest "buzz?" The last Saturday in February is Open That Bottle Night (OTBN)! It's time to pop open that special bottle of bubbly or wine and celebrate!

Created by authors and former Wall Street Journal columnists Dorothy "Dottie" J. Gaiter and John Brecher, this annual world-wide "holiday" was first observed in 2000.

While some people keep expensive china or unused silverware tucked away in a drawer just waiting for the perfect occasion, some folks have that special bottle of bubbly chilling in the wine cooler or stored in the wine rack until that momentous event takes place. What are you waiting for?

Although the bottle does not have to cost an arm-and-a-leg, it should have a special meaning to you. Whether it was an anniversary gift, purchased on a cruise or at a favorite winery, given to you by someone special or grandma's last bottle of homemade wine, OTBN is all about making new memories with a fine glass of wine or champagne.

How to Celebrate Open That Bottle Night

  • Many wineries, restaurants and bars across America will be hosting special tasting events.

  • If you don't have a significant other in your life right now, why not host a BYOB wine-tasting party with your favorite BFFs?

  • Gaiter and Brecher recommends the wine bottle be stored in an upright position a few days prior to opening in order to allow any sediment to settle.

  • The husband-and-wife couple also recommends you have a stand-by bottle on hand just in case that special bottle is not so special after all!

No matter how you decide to celebrate the occasion, just raise your glass and enjoy!