Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

Open That Bottle Night
SatFeb 22

Open That Bottle Night – February 22, 2025

Open That Bottle Night is celebrated on the last Saturday of February each year. This day is created to make sure that those fine wine bottles you put away for the special season are used and enjoyed on this day. Did you know that some people have a fear of wine called oenophobia? Well, not you, we hope!

History of Open That Bottle Night

Wine is one of the most beloved alcoholic drinks in the world. On Open That Bottle Night, people all over the world release their bottles locked in their home prisons, also known as shelves and cupboards. It need not be old bottles of wine; even that bottle of wine you bought in the morning and put away for the evening is also absolutely fine!

Open That Bottle Night was created by two journalists (‘Tastings’ columnists) at ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, a husband and wife team. This event was created with the main goal of motivating people to reconnect with each other over a bottle and creating good memories with our loved ones.

There is a special way to celebrate Open That Bottle Night in the best way. It all starts by digging out that special wine you saved for a special occasion. Now invite your friends and family to your home or an outdoor picnic spot. That’s it, now all you have to do is to open that wine and share it with them. Talk and share the long-lost precious memories of your life and enjoy the evening.

Since its inauguration in 2000, Open That Bottle Night has become a global phenomenon and is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of February, and it’s growing in popularity annually. Good wine is to be consumed, but great wine is made to be shared. So, cherish those bottles with your friends and family and create memories that last forever!

Open That Bottle Night timeline

6000 B.C.
Earliest Known Traces of Wine

Georgians consume wine, which then spreads to other countries.

A Couple Invented Open That Bottle Night

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher invent Open That Bottle Night to promote good times with loved ones.

Gaiter is Honored

Gaiter is named as the Food and Wine Editor for ‘France Magazine.’

Gaiter and Brecher Become Industry Leaders

The couple is honored by the Wine Business Monthly as the 2020 Wine Industry Leaders.

Open That Bottle Night FAQs

Can you drink a hundred years’ old wine?

Yes, wines that are aged or stored for many years are considered rich and luxurious.

What happens if you leave wine open?

Leaving your wine open can make it go bad or unsuitable to drink.

What are the benefits of red wine?

Red wine, in moderation, is a proven drink to make the heart stronger. 

How to Celebrate Open That Bottle Night

  1. Open a bottle of wine

    The best way to celebrate Open That Bottle Night is by opening one and celebrating with your friends and family. Let the bonding moment take you down memory lane with your loved ones.

  2. Attend a wine tasting event

    Don’t have a bottle of wine in your home? Don’t worry. Attend a wine tasting event and sample a range of wines.

  3. Host a wine party

    Invite your friends, family, and co-workers and spread the positive benefits of wine to them. Fun things happen at a wine party; enjoy yourself!

5 Awesome Facts About Wine We Bet You Didn’t Know

  1. 720 bottles of wine

    A ton of grapes can be processed to produce 720 bottles of wine.

  2. Women couldn’t drink wine

    Not now of course, but during the early Roman times, it was forbidden for women to drink wine.

  3. 10,000 varieties

    There are an estimated 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world.

  4. Aroma is specific to wine

    The term ‘aroma’ that we use normally is the term for the fragrance of young wine.

  5. The largest bottle of wine

    The largest bottle of wine, called “Nebuchadnezzar,” has a volume of nearly four gallons.

Why We Love Open That Bottle Night

  1. Some people need it!

    By some people, we mean us, all of us! Open That Bottle Night is an interesting celebration that reminds us that good stuff is just waiting for us to come.

  2. It brings people together

    Open That Bottle Night is a great day to gather a bunch of your loved ones together, like your friends and family, and spend some quality time with them. The purpose of Open That Bottle Night is to bring people together.

  3. Wine is healthy

    Wine, when consumed responsibly can bring in loads of health benefits. It can regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart issues!

Open That Bottle Night dates

2022February 26Saturday
2023February 25Saturday
2024February 24Saturday
2025February 22Saturday
2026February 28Saturday

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.