In a recent post I trashed the book that WSJ wine columnists Dorothy Gaither and John Brecher once wrote. But, like I said, their column is great, and they also invented a gratuitous little holiday called “Open That Bottle Night,” which is taking place this Saturday (February 28). The idea is that if there’s a special bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for some as-yet-undefined occasion, now’s the time to open it up and savor it. Readers are invited to e-mail them (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details about the bottle they opened, its special significance, and how it tasted. It’s a neat little idea, if only because so many hang on to bottles of wine without any clear idea on when they’re going to enjoy them. And why not now?
I was going to celebrate my own personal Paradox of Thrift day by opening a special bottle of Alsatian sparkling wine on the day that I make the final payments on an unusually unruly twin set of credit card bills, but with the economy in free fall, why wait for better days to come along? It’s clear we’re on the Long-Haul Train to Financial Shitsville, so beg, borrow or steal a reasonably nice bottle of vino from your parents or loved ones, and let us know what it tastes like.