Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of the Wall Street Journal recommend you quit waiting for some occasion special enough for that most special bottle you've been holding onto for years.
We invented OTBN for a simple reason: All of us, no matter how big or
small our wine collections, have that single bottle of wine we simply
can never bear to open. Maybe it's from Grandpa's cellar or a trip to
Italy or a wedding. We're always going to open it on a special
occasion, but no occasion is ever special enough. So it sits. And sits.
Then, at some point, we decide we should have opened it years ago and
now it's bad anyway, so there's no reason to open it, which gives us an
excuse to hang onto it for a few more decades. So OTBN — which is now
always the last Saturday in February — offers a great opportunity to
prepare a special meal, open the bottle and savor the memories.
You can wait until February if you like, but wouldn't tonight be a good enough for a special meal with those closest to you and a farewell to the close of the year over a glass of something fine?