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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/23/2011

What are you waiting for? Open that wine bottle!

By Dave McIntyre
photo(44)_opt.jpg The wine (likely vinegar) that Tim Carman can never quite bring himself to open, no matter the occasion.
This Saturday is Open That Bottle Night. What, you don’t see it on your calendar? It’s a minor holiday for wine lovers -- you know, the kind of folks who usually don’t need an excuse to open a nice bottle or two.

Open That Bottle Night, or OTBN as it’s known in the blahgosphere, was created in 2000 by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, then the writers of the Wall Street Journal’s Tastings column. Their idea was to encourage readers to stop staring at that special bottle in the cellar, broom closet or wherever, and just enjoy it. Too many fine wines turn to vinegar because the occasion is never important enough, the guest never honored enough or the mood never romantic enough to pull that rare cork. Gaiter and Brecher encourage us to make an average evening a special occasion.

For the past several years, OTBN has been held on the last Saturday in February. Since Gaiter and Brecher left the Journal at the end of 2009, the occasion has lost some of its lofty profile, but on this 12th edition, Dottie and John, as they're known to their fans, will host OTBN live on Palate Press, the online wine magazine.

Readers will be able to post from 7 to 10 p.m. ET about the wines they’re enjoying. (Online wine tastings, Twitter taste-offs and the like are a great way for pathologically shy drinkers to pretend to be social. We can share our thoughts while hogging the wine.)

I have never met Gaiter and Brecher, but they were kind enough to give a mention in their column to DrinkLocalWine.com and Regional Wine Week when Jeff Siegel and I started that effort in 2008, shining a light on bloggers who write about local wine. Their column was always no nonsense and unstuffy, surprisingly so for the Journal. And while I enjoy pulling bottle after bottle from the rack and saying, “No, not that one, not tonight,” I agree with them that pleasure shouldn't always be deferred.

We buy the stuff to drink, after all, not to pour down the drain.

By Dave McIntyre  | February 23, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Wine  | Tags:  Dave McIntyre  
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A great event regardless of where in the world you are - share your stories on the Open that Bottle Night facebook page www.facebook.com/openthatbottlenight or if you are on twitter follow along with #OTBN and follow @openthatbtl

Posted by: MastermindTB | February 24, 2011 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Interesting News! I just now printed Coupons of my Favorite Brands and saved!! search for "printapons" online and save instantly, it is free

Posted by: janetnmoyle | February 24, 2011 5:43 AM | Report abuse

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