Living with someone's whose passion is food and wine means that I get to drink some really great wine. It kills me when I talk to people who tell me they were given a bottle of fancy pants bubbly for a wedding present, and it's been in their basement for 5 years, that they're saving it for a "special occasion." I believe a special occasion is already special, make a random Tuesday special by drinking that amazing Barolo you've been sitting on, or drink that bubbly together and reminisce about your wedding and your marriage. Things take on a life of their own, and suddenly no occasion seems worthy of that bottle. Even worse, the bottle could be held long past its prime, and you may miss out on just how good it is.
For those of you who need permission to open a special bottle, the authors of the Wall Street Journal Tastings column invented Open That Bottle Night, which is celebrated on the last Saturday of February. This is when "thousands of bottles all over the world are released from prison and enjoyed. With them come memories of great vacations, long-lost loved ones and bittersweet moments. The whole point of the weekly “Tastings” column is that wine is more than the liquid in the bottle. It’s about history, geography, relationships and all of the things that are really important in life." Click here for some ideas and tips on how to celebrate.
Even though we think we're pretty good at not procrastinating pleasure, we still think this is a good excuse to have something super tasty. We're getting together with good friends, and each couple is bringing a bottle we've been wanting to share with the other. 4 good friends + 2 good bottles = a really fun night. (and possibly some U2 concert dvds.)
Have a fun weekend, everyone!