Open That Bottle Night
I love the Wall Street Journal's wine column, written by Dorothy (Dottie) J. Gaiter and John Brecher. They have a very comfortable and comforting style, not pretentious at all.
In 1999, they started a tradition called Open That Bottle Night. The idea behind it is that many people, whether they are regular wine drinkers or not, have a special bottle that they've been saving. And saving and saving. And the longer they save it, the harder it is to find an occasion special enough to merit opening the bottle.
If you haven't seen the movie "Sideways", I recommend it. It's got something for everyone, not a chick flick, but not a bang 'em up shoot 'em up either. There's a scene in it that describes OTBN perfectly. Miles (a wine afficianado) is telling Maya that he has this really old bottle of... I forget what... that he is saving for a special occasion. She tells him that the day he opens a 1961 bottle of whatever-it-is, that's the special occasion.
This year's OTBN will be Saturday, February 26. For one reason or another, Gary and I have never done it. I think we will this year. Just letting you know, in case anyone else wants to do it too.