It’s that time again. Open That Bottle Night is the last Saturday of February. For me, it is a time to be thankful, to spend time with people I care about and yes, it’s a time to open a special bottle of wine that would otherwise continue to collect dust on its slow journey into vinegarhood.
I must say that I have been much better in the last five to ten years about not “saving” or “collecting” wine like I had in years past. I generally try and buy what I like and drink what I buy. This being said, I still have a number of bottles – mostly older Cabernet Sauvignons, several magnums too, occupying the top few shelves of my small cellar.
I think because a good amount of my time over the last five years has been spent buying grapes, and making, and bottling wine, I have spent less time and hopefully less money buying and saving expensive wine. Nonetheless, I will celebrate this year’s OTB night as I try and do every year. Maybe there should be a “clean that garage night” so I can spend some time throwing junk out of my garage that I haven’t used in a decade. I guess that’s a blog for another website!
This year, I will spend OTB Night with my wife and another couple with whom we are very close. Jennifer’s birthday is on Sunday the 24th. We are going to dinner and will most certainly do that with a bottle or two in hand. I checked the restaurant website. Their corkage is a bit high, but certainly a better deal than buying bottles from their somewhat limited wine list. The spot we chose, like many restaurants also limits the number of outside bottles they will let you bring in. Tto that end, I find it is in good form to try and order something from the restaurant wine list even when bringing in outside bottles. We will likely order some bubbles for the ladies on this special occasion.
As for my specific bottle pick for the night, I have not decided yet. With only four of us, I think the magnums are out. Normally, I try and work from oldest to newest in an effort to “front the produce”. I have a couple bottles of Scarecrow, and even though it’s the point of OTB night, I still have a hard time cracking them open. I’m thinking the David Arthur Elevation 1147 from 2003. Jennifer likes Cabs but she tends to prefer blends. There’s an Insignia. I should check the year.
But I really think the point of OTB Night should be less about the wine, and more about the people. The night is really an opportunity to get together with friends, or family and enjoy the time together. The point of the night is to create the “occasion”. Yes, OTB Night is the reason to open THAT special bottle you have been saving. And no, it doesn’t need to be a Cheval Blanc from the 1960’s. But it should be something special, that you have been saving for a special occasion. The occasion is a time to spend with loved ones and be thankful for what and who you have around you before these people and things oxidize through years of age. Enjoy them this Saturday…or any other night of the year you see fit to OTB.
Freedom Wine Company
P.S. If you need a bottle or 12 to open on Saturday, call us:
(818) 674-2005 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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