This Is Your Invitation to Open That Bottle Night.
Great wine is made to be shared. And one of the most fulfilling parts of belonging to the wine industry is hearing the stories of people opening those bottles with friends. It’s not always about cracking open the oldest vintage in your cellar (although that is a unique story in itself!). It could be a brand new wine release that’s made from small parcels of pristine fruit picked from lovingly nurtured vines. Just like we do in Best’s Great Western vineyards.
So in conjunction with Best’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, here’s your excuse to open those bottles you’ve been saving.
Best’s is hosting a series of Open That Bottle Nights throughout 2016. Put the following dates in your diary to join in the fun:
Saturday 27 February 2016 (Global Open That Bottle Night)
Saturday 21 May 2016
Saturday 3 September 2016
What’s Open that Bottle Night?
The concept of Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) was initiated by two reporters at The Wall Street Journal. Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher wanted to encourage their readers to open a significant bottle, then to share their stories. Since its inauguration in 2000, the event has become a global phenomenon, and is always held annually on the last Saturday in February.
The underlying premise of Open That Bottle Night is that wine is more than liquid in a bottle. With the opening of these wines comes memories of life milestones, births, deaths and marriages, long lost loved ones and treasured holidays. These memories are too precious and significant not to celebrate and share.
So, here’s how to hold your own Open That Bottle Night:
Dig out a special wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion or purchase a new release to celebrate and join in the fun.
Invite friends and family to your place or an outdoor picnic while the weather is a warm? Tell your guests it’s a special occasion – you provide the wine, they bring a plate? Or try to match the food to the wine being opened?
Once the wine has been opened and tasted, post your thoughts using #OTBN, or if you’re opening an old bottle of Best’s Wine, use #Bestswines150.
Tell the stories about the wines – where did you buy it from, did you meet the winemaker, what food matches best. Is there a story from early days of discovering wine that you care to share?
Plan to do it all over again!
Don't waste the opportunity of opening a special bottle – take Best’s winemaker Justin’s advice about how to open old wines by reading his blog post: http://www.bestswines.com/blog/How-To-Open-Old-Wines