If you tend to enjoy a glass of Pinot Grigio or Cabernet Sauvignon, then you have much to look forward to at the beginning of next year. That’s because, in February, Americans around the country will celebrate National Drink Wine Day, giving them a reason to enjoy one of their favorite alcoholic drinks. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about when and how to celebrate the holiday.
National Drink Wine Day: The Basics
If you’re looking to participate in National Drink Wine Day next year, be sure to mark off February 18 on your calendars. The holiday has occurred on this day every year since its inception by founder Todd McCalla. The holiday’s website makes clear that the purpose of the holiday is not just to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, but to instead recognize the many positives of drinking wine, including:
Ways to Celebrate National Drink Wine Day
When it comes to celebrating National Drink Wine Day, there are numerous options from which you can choose. Below are some of our recommendations on how to best enjoy the holiday. If you have celebrated on February 18 in the past with a different method, please chime in and let us know in the comment section below!
Visit Your Local Bar or Restaurant
One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday is by checking out your favorite local bar or restaurant. Many bars tend to have deals specifically for this day, which could make for quite the fun evening. For example, a few years ago, one bar in Chicago honored the day by offering half-price bottles of wine to their customers. Another Chicago bar provided a wine tasting during select hours.
We recommend contacting your local bar a few days before the holiday to see if they will have any specials. If not, you could potentially talk them into setting up wine discounts for the day. The sooner you contact them, the better chance of there being a deal in place come February 18. Many restaurants prefer advanced notice so that they can market and advertise for the event appropriately.
Head to Your Local Vineyard
Similarly, you can look up local vineyards in your area. Many vineyards tend to have tastings or samplings on February 18 to help celebrate the holiday. Plus, many of them offer tours, giving you a first-hand look at the hard work that goes into making your favorite bottle of wine. Since the day is about appreciating wine, the behind-the-scenes look could prove to be very fulfilling and beneficial.
Purchase a Nice Bottle of Wine
Another excellent option to partake in the holiday’s festivities is to indulge in a bottle of old wine. If you consider yourself knowledgeable or well-versed when it comes to wine and tend to drink it on a semi-regular basis, perhaps the holiday is a tremendous opportunity for you to expand your pallet. On February 18, open your wallet and treat yourself to a more expensive bottle of wine. It’ll be worth it!
Invite Friends Over for a Wine Party
Those who enjoy wine frequently know that one of the best ways to do so is in the company of others. On National Drink Wine Day, consider hosting your friends and family for a wine-based happy hour. You can serve various hors-d'oeuvres, such as meats or cheeses. The night is sure to be filled with laughs while in the presence of good company.
You could also expand your wine night to help celebrate the holiday. When you invite your friends, neighbors, and family over for wine night on February 18, ask each of them to bring a different bottle of wine. Perhaps everyone could bring different types of wine, or you could select one kind of wine but have everyone bring a bottle from a different region. Then, have a wine tasting and pick your favorite!
Drink Wine in the Comfort of Your Home
If you’d prefer a more relaxing option, you could go home, cook or order your favorite dinner, and enjoy your favorite bottle of wine in the comfort of your home, surrounded by those who you love. But, you don’t have to wait until February to celebrate the holiday this way either. When you get home today, feel free to pop a cork and pour a glass of your favorite red or white wine!
Drink Wine Day Updates
If you are looking to receive the latest updates from the National Drink Wine Day organizers, you can follow the group on Facebook and Twitter. As February approaches, you’ll be able to check out these social media sites for the latest information about the holiday and where to find an event near you. When not in a holiday season, these sites tend to post tips and recipes about wine as well.
In years past, the holiday’s founders started a marketing and awareness campaign using the hashtag #NationalDrinkWineDay. You could search for this hashtag on your favorite social media platforms to help you find events in your area. You should also consider using this hashtag when posting to your accounts to let your friends know that you’re celebrating the joyous occasion and that they should too.
According to the holiday’s official website, more than a million people celebrate the tradition of drinking wine on February 18 each year. Odds are, someone you know has partaken in the festivities in the past. By using social media hashtags and searches, there’s a good chance that you’ll find someone in your area who has also chosen to drink wine in honor of the holiday.
The Health Benefits of Wine
As mentioned, one of the reasons why founder Todd McCalla decided to begin celebrating the holiday was because of the numerous health benefits that the drink delivers. Even though the beverage contains alcohol, studies have shown that it could be healthy as well. Below are some of the health benefits that the holiday’s organizers would likely most like to recognize.
Extend Your Lifespan
If you’re looking for ways to live longer, you may be surprised to learn that wine is an excellent way to do so potentially. By consuming wine daily, you’ll be partaking in a more plant-based diet. Studies have shown that plant-based foods can have numerous positive health effects. Residents on the island of Ikarios have been drinking wine for years and swear that the drink has anti-aging properties.
Additionally, research from Harvard Medical School found that resveratrol, commonly found in wine, can help activate a protein in the body that has been linked directly to health and longevity. When these proteins are active, they stimulate a group of genes known to fight against diseases commonly associated with aging. The longer you live, the more wine you can drink. It’s a win-win!
Increase Your Intelligence
In addition to activating anti-aging properties, resveratrol could also lead to improvements in your short-term memory. Some studies have shown that taking resveratrol has lead to an increase in the retention of words. It also led to more stimulation in the area of the brain associated with new emotions, memories, and knowledge.
Lower Cholesterol Levels
As if resveratrol was not sufficient enough, it can also help reduce cholesterol levels. That’s because, as scientists believe, resveratrol can lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL levels. This, in turn, reduces the amount of plaque in your bloodstream. Some research shows that consuming wine daily could increase your levels of good cholesterol by more than 10 percent.
Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
Many also believe that wine could be crucial when it comes to reducing your risk of cancer. First and foremost, wine consumption can decrease your risk of breast cancer, although you may only reap these benefits by drinking red wine. That’s because red wine helps suppress the activity of aromatase, making it a natural aromatase inhibitor.
Furthermore, some studies have shown that consuming wine moderately can slash your risk of colon cancer in half. Similarly, the Harvard Men’s Health Watch indicates that men who drank wine at least every-other day also cut their risk of prostate cancer by more than 50 percent. There is a firm belief amongst scientists that resveratrol helps kill cancer cells.
Reduce Your Risk of Liver Disease
Many people are fearful of drinking wine on a routine basis because it contains alcohol, which can attack vital organs such as your brain and your liver. But, studies have shown that popular to contrary belief, wine can help reduce your chances of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. In fact, studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine per day can cut your risk of NAFLD in half.
Compare this to liquor and beer drinkers, who were at a four-times higher risk of having NAFLD. However, this does not mean that you can overindulge on wine. To reap these benefits, you must drink the beverage in moderation. Limit yourself to a glass per day if you wish to stay healthy. Otherwise, you’ll be doing more harm than good to your body.