I had a chance to find out the answer to this question when PartySugar and I were invited to attend a wine glass tasting hosted by Maximilian Riedel himself. There, the CEO (and 11th-generation Riedel glassmaker) introduced us to the company's latest collection, Vitis, and challenged us to taste and compare popular wines using the Vitis grape-specific glasses to decide if shape truly made a difference. Did it? Find out when you read more.
Chances are you've got at least one bottle you've been saving for a special day, but what if you don't know what that significant occasion will be? That's the idea behind Open That Bottle Night, a dedicated evening when wine aficionados proclaim there's no time like the present to open a meaningful bottle of wine.
2009's event takes place this Saturday, Feb. 28, marking the 10th anniversary of the celebration created by Wall Street Journal Tastings columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher. As the two wine writers have put it: "You should worry less about what is the perfect moment for the wine than what is the perfect moment for you."
I've been celebrating OTBN for years, because I couldn't agree more with the message. It's important to enjoy life in the present. Isn't it time to take a moment to relax, pull the cork, and enjoy life by the sip? I'm looking forward to opening a bottle of 2006 Bella Vineyards Late Harvest Zinfandel that I've been holding onto. It's not about the monetary worth of the wine, but rather its sentimental value: I have nostalgic thoughts about years past when I drink it.
This weekend, what wine do you look forward to opening and why?