Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

8th Open That Bottle Night

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 12:57 pm in Uncategorized.

Ever hold on to that special bottle of wine only to never open it? You wait for the right occasion, surely an anniversary or job promotion, but it never arrives.

And your lips never touch that nectar.

That’s why Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher invented Open That Bottle Night eight years ago, to give people permission to pop the cork on that special something. On the last Saturday of February, thousands of people around the world open special bottles and make memories.

I recently opened something I considered special: a 1999 J. Schram. A had a special guest in town and we were having dinner at Slanted Door with my best friend (who I always try to have around when I’m opening a special bottle) and her husband. It was a Thursday night. I can still taste the notes of pear tart. I’ll have to figure out what my bottle will be for OTBN 8.

I’d like to hear your Open That Bottle Night stories. If you’ve celebrated the holiday in the past or plan to this year, let me know! Either post your comments here or email me at

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