Open That Bottle Night with Oregon wine

What’s Open That Bottle Night?

The concept of Open That Bottle Night was initiated by two reporters at The Wall Street Journal – Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who wanted to encourage their readers to open a significant bottle and share it, along with their stories.

Open That Bottle Night has gradually been adopted worldwide since its conception in 2000 as the perfect night to open a special bottle of wine, reminisce with friends or try something different and create memories for years to come.

When is it?

Open That Bottle Night is always the last Saturday in February, and what better way of staving off winter blues than with a wonderful bottle of wine. Is there a bottle you’ve been saving for a special occasion languishing in the cellar? Well now’s the time to crack it open! Or perhaps the cupboard is bare and it’s time to try something different – you might even find a new favourite.


Reminisce with friends…

Over a bottle of Résonance Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013.

Available at The Cellar Selected for £47:50

Pinot noir is famed for its ability to age beautifully, often developing wonderfully savoury aromas and flavours. This example has been described by Jancis Robinson as one of the most interesting Pinot noirs from Oregon, is “delicately perfumed, relatively light, rather herbal, subtle and savoury. It finishes bone dry – in fact it suggests itself as a fine food companion.”

Owned by top Burgundy producer Louis Jadot, the 2013 vintage was their first bottling, so quite a collector’s item. Open That Bottle Night could be the perfect opportunity to try such a wine along with a warming meal of roast beef, game or poultry.

Walter Scott Chardonnay

Try something new…

Lovers of white Burgundy might just find a new favourite in Oregonian Chardonnay. These wines can be as strikingly good as their Burgundian counterparts, and more affordable.

A good one to try is Walter Scott’s Seven Springs Chardonnay, which is probably the most similar wine to Chablis from the Willamette Valley area of Oregon.  Charles Curtis MW has described it as a “compelling wine…a masterful effort,” as it has wonderful aromas of peach and citrus, underlying mineral notes and a fine structure.

Delicious with fish, chicken and even cheese, this is a very well-made wine with which to celebrate the end of winter!

Available at Vinum for £52.40