Tomorrow, February 22nd, is Open That Bottle Night. Founded by Grape Collective Senior Editor Dorothy J. Gaiter and her husband, John Brecher, here is the premise (as explained by Dorothy):
"The last Saturday of February is Open That Bottle Night, a celebration of wine, memories and friendship that John and I founded almost 15 years ago. The idea is simple: All of us, whether we have one bottle in the house or 1,000, have that special wine that, for one reason or another, is just always too special to drink."
And here she gets to the heart of the matter:
"Your wine doesn’t have to be old, it just needs to be special to you. Sometimes people have opened new bottles of wines that they haven’t had in a long time, but which bring back great memories. Our real point here is that you shouldn’t wait for a special occasion, not even Open That Bottle Night, to open a special bottle. Make any day memorable by opening a bottle that has meaning for you."
Read the whole story, and find out how if you're in Washington, D.C, you can celebrate with Dorothy.
So what will Team Grape Collective open? Publisher Christopher Barnes shared his plan and I'm afraid he's got the story to be beat: "I think I will open a 2004 Alain Voge Cornas. We were in the Rhone and stopped by his house unannounced and he opened the door in his underwear. Went back in got dressed and gave us a tasting. (He spoke no English; my girlfriend had some French.)"
So what will you open? Let us know in the comments. I think going along with Christopher's bottle from 2004, I'll uncork a Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barbera d'Alba from that same year. (And I will be wearing pants.)