Ever since I found out that I passed my WSET Advanced course last week, I’ve been wanting to break open something truly special to celebrate. However, sickness intervened, so rather than crack a $100+ bottle and write stuff like “smells like nothing” and “my throat hurts” in a review, I decided to wait until the congestion clouds had cleared. This weekend I pronounced myself fit to taste and rummaged through my cellar to find a suitable victory bottle, and as soon as I came to this one, I stopped thinking about any other. However, it’s a bottle built for the long haul, so I was faced with the quandary that every wine lover about to pull the cork on an expensive bottle has had to face: should I open the wine now so I can try it, or will I be undercutting its long-term potential by having it too early? After getting some savvy advice from the amazingly-informed wine community on Twitter (thanks, @peterzachar and @nwtomlee!), I turned to Cayuse’s website for the final verdict. On their FAQ page, there was a question that said: ”How soon can I open my wines?” Cayuse’s answer? ”A Latin saying insists, ‘There are four reasons for drinking wine: the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.’” I opened the wine.