Open That Bottle Night – 27 February 2016


Waiting for a rainy day to open those wines you’ve been saving?  That day is 27 February!

Great wine is made to be shared, right? So on Saturday 27 February go ahead and open that bottle you’ve been saving for something ‘special’ and join in Open that Bottle Night.

One of the best things about enjoying a ‘special’ wine is the enjoyment of the stories and memories that were made through your ownership of the bottle, and the ones that will be made by drinking it with others!

To quote an oldie but a goody; “Life’s too short. Drink the wine!” So go ahead and gather your nearest and dearest, crack open your special bottle(s) and make memories while remembering those tales that have been kept in the cellar for too long.

Open That Bottle Night (#OTBN) is celebrated globally on 27 February.

What’s Open That Bottle Night all about?

The concept of Open That Bottle Night (#OTBN) was initiated by two reporters at The Wall Street JournalDorothy 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 (well before social media became mainstream), 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 a memory 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.



The last Saturday in February every year – in 2016 it’s Saturday 27 February.

How to get involved?

Dig out a special wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion OR/ purchase a new release with an interesting back-story to join in the fun.

Invite friends and family to your place, a restaurant or host an outdoor picnic while the weather is warm. Tell your guests it’s a special occasion – you provide the wine, they bring a plate. Or ask everyone to bring their own special bottle. You could also try to match the food to the wine being enjoyed that night.

So what are the stories behind the wines? Just ask a few questions and the tales will start to roll in…

  • How did you discover the wine?
  • From where did you buy it?
  • Did you meet the winemaker?
  • What’s the variety and why do you like it so much?
  • Have you visited the region of provenance?
  • Which food styles are its best matches?

Once the wine has been opened and tasted, post your thoughts on social media using #OTBN, or post your OTBN photos on Facebook