Given the state of the world, we never would have guessed this, but Open That Bottle Night 2021 reached new heights, celebrated by wine stores from Massachusetts to Singapore, by wineries from Australia to Tuscany and by shut-in-for-too-long people from Jamaica to Sonoma.
- We’ve heard it over and over during the past year: “Now every night is Open That Bottle Night!” In the midst of such a horrific year, people decided to finally enjoy those bottles of wine that had been just too special to open.
- "Like a surprising number of people, our own prescription for getting through this involves calming down with a glass of wine – and, in this case, the good stuff." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
- “We’ve been pairing our wines to our movie selections. First, a 2015 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and ‘Casablanca’ — Morocco is on the coast so figured we’d have a coastal wine." Lynn Penner-Ash
- Wine “has the capacity to lift us out of ourselves by its beauty. The appreciation of that beauty elevates our life through wine.” --Warren Winiarski, on OTBN 2020
- "OTBN is observed on the last Saturday of February, which is Feb. 29 this year. OTBN will be celebrated throughout the world, from Grove, Okla., to Prague..." Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher
- "We invented OTBN in 1999 because it seems like everybody has that one bottle of wine that’s too special to open. So we said, fine, on the last Saturday of February, let’s all corkscrew up our courage and do it together." Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher
- "Open that bottle! Celebrate the memories! Appreciate the wine for what it is, not what it might have become or might once have been." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
- "The other day John and I were looking through shelves and shelves of our oldest and most precious wines, looking for something to enjoy on Open That Bottle Night this Saturday, Feb. 25, when we came upon a wine that most certainly we should have opened long ago." -Dorothy J. Gaiter
- Every year in February, John and I embark on a task both excruciatingly difficult and deliriously fun. And, ahem, I’m not talking about anything in 50 Shades of Grey. Focus. Focus.