Wine blogger Frank Morgan, ( also organized this year’s Monticello Cup wine competition, has taken inspiration from Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who wrote the highly acclaimed ‘Tastings’ column in The Wall Street Journal (from 1998 to 2010). They created Open That Bottle Night (OTBN), a global ‘celebration of friends, family and memories during which all of us finally drink that wine that is otherwise simply too special to open.’

“This is not a marketing event,” writes Morgain, “just an evening to encourage wine enthusiasts to open and enjoy a bottle of Virginian wine.   An evening to taste local bounty and appreciate the work of local farmers, winemakers, vineyard crews, tasting rooms staff and others.  Maybe a brief respite from news of the spread of the virus.”

He adds “EVERYONE is encouraged to participate — wine newbies, serious wine enthusiasts, winemakers, tasting room staff, writers, and even Patriots fans.”

Here’s how:

Joining Open that Bottle of Virginia Wine Night is easy:

  1. Select a bottle of Virginia wine (or cider) and open on Saturday, March 28.  Pair with a nice meal with family.
  2. Post picture(s) online — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  Share why you selected that particular bottle. Share a story about the wine and/or who you shared the bottle with.
  3. Enjoy the wine and your time with family, making memories.

If you do post a picture for Open That Bottle of Virginia Wine Night on March 28, please tag the winery and me on Facebook, Twitter (@DrinkWhatULike) and/or Instagram (DrinkWhatYouLike).  Please use #VaWineNight hashtag for social media posts.