If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know the acronym OTBN. It stands for Open That Bottle Night. This wonderful evening was created by the Wall Street Journal wine writers in 1999 as a time to get people to open up the very special bottles of wine they may have been saving for just a little bit too long. The date for OTBN is the last Saturday in February. In 2021, it’s time for our very first virtual OTBN. Read all about it here.
What Does an In-Person OTBN Look Like?
These evenings are so much fun. Each person or couple brings an oldie moldy bottle of wine plus a food-friendly dish. We line up the wines in the order of youngest to oldest, and then we taste each one in that order.
We let the owner(s) of each bottle tell us the story of their wine. We appreciate drama in the story telling 🙂
We all taste it and talk about how good we think it is. Ten years ago, when we started holding these events, many of our wines had to go right down the drain, because they were truly bad. The good news is that bad wine doesn’t make you sick. It just hurts the ego.
In modern times, we’ve rid ourselves of most of the wines that are over-the-top old, but we still find wines that are past their prime.
In the end of the evening, we vote on our favorite.
What Does a Virtual OTBN Look Like?
We will find out exactly what a virtual OTBN looks like next Saturday night.
But here is the plan. Each of the participants will prepare their own food and choose one or two old bottles that they will try that night.
We will go house to house to hear about each wine. If a household has two bottles, they will get to share their second bottle only after each household has presented a wine.
Because we’re not tasting the same wines, we can’t vote for our favorite. So, I think we’ll give awards for the best story tellers, the best descriptions of how the wines taste, and perhaps the funniest faces.
Please share your virtual OTBN stories with us next week.