Since the millennium, one night in the dull, dark month of February has been immeasurably brightened for wine-lovers by the creation of a special day to celebrate cherished bottles of wine, champagne and spirits. Open That Bottle Night is dedicated to making sure that those bottles of fine wine put away for a special occasion, are used and enjoyed.

Created in 2000 by ‘Tastings’ columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, ‘Open That Bottle Night’ is an annual occasion that aims to motivate people to reconnect with each other over a bottle, and create good memories with friends and family.

Tips to help you make the most of your designated bottle include:

  • Serve the wine – both red and white – at cellar temperature, around 55 degrees.
  • Have a spare bottle – in case your chosen wine has been stored a little too long.
  • Use a cork bottle-opener with two prongs, and practice first!

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