National Wine Holidays.
We already have plenty of alliterative excuses to drink wine:
Feel free to drink some wine Friday,
Sunufabitch It’s Almost Monday Again, Drink Wine Sunday.
But in the event you forget any of those, a couple of which we just made up, a couple of which definitely exist, there are plenty of dates on the wine lovers’ calendar that call for wine consumption. It may be as generic as that—see below—but many holidays celebrate a specific wine grape or way of serving wine. In fact the “varietal” wine days seem like the best ideas, and clever marketing ploys to get the public interested in, or purchasing more, of a particular varietal. Though we do think Cabernet Franc needs December 4th a bit more than Chardonnay needs its May 21st.
In case you don’t already have the dates programmed into your phone, we figured we’d provide a substantial list here. Let us know if there are any we missed, since there are probably as many wine holidays as there are really creative, really thirsty people.*
February: Delaware Wine Month. A good way to liven up being…well, in Delaware.
February 18th: Drink Wine Day – Intends to “spread the love and health benefits of wine.” Also, sounds like an order. OK.
February 27th: Open That Bottle Night. The actual night changes every year, but the main idea is finally busting open that special bottle you have hidden away. Delaware doesn’t mess around.
March 3rd: National Mulled Wine Day . We only wish this came a bit sooner, since, well January. February. Cold and sad and stuff.
April: Michigan Wine Month. Yeah, Michigan got wine. Michigan got wine and Tim Allen.
April 17th: World Malbec Day. A serious, well-coordinated international celebration. Like an army strike, if that army just wanted you to drink good Malbec. And god bless.
May: Oregon Wine Month. ALSO Finger Lakes Wine Month. In fact, May seems to be a big month for wine holidays. For instance…
(2016) May 6th: International Sauvignon Blanc Day. Also known as Tuesday for many of us.
May 9th: World Moscato Day. Spread the sweet.
May 16th: Granholm vs. Heald Anniversary, which celebrates the that allowed out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers in Michigan and New York. Basically, law says more wine.
(2016) May 26th: National Chardonnay Day. Clearly two ways to celebrate: oaked or unoaked.
May 24th: Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris. Per Slate.com, the “slurp heard round the world,” when California wineries beat their French counterparts in a tasting competition—literally and figuratively putting the wine region on the world map.
May 25th: National Wine Day, which we assume must be in steep competition with February’s National Drink Wine Day? Or we hope so. Anyone fighting over getting us to drink more wine is fine by us.
June: Ohio Wine Month AND Idaho Wine Month. Cuz June don’t mess around.