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Drink Wine Day

winelovers calendarFebruary 18 is Drink Wine Day! Whether you’re a fan of red, white, or sparkling wines, today is the day to pop the cork and enjoy.

Made from fermented grapes and other fruits, wine is an alcoholic beverage that has been made and consumed for thousands of years. The earliest appearance of wine was in about 6000 B.C. Legends and stories abound with ancient humans becoming intoxicated off of fermented grapes, so it wasn’t long before people began to toy with the fermentation process, eventually creating wine. The first wine was created in the Eurasian state of Georgia, and soon spread to the Balkans and Ancient Greece and Rome. It wasn’t long before the rest of Europe began to catch up, and wine was eventually brought to the New World. Grapes grown for wine now cover about 20 million acres across the world. The top two wine producers in the world are typically Italy and France.

vineyards calendarThe health benefits of wine have been promoted for years. When consumed in moderation, some experts have said that red wine can improve heart health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, and inhibit the development of certain cancers. It can also boost immunity and increase bone density. Too much alcohol consumption is dangerous for your health, but a glass of wine now and then never hurt anyone!

You can celebrate today any way you like just as long as you’ve got a glass of wine in your hand. We suggest going to a local wine bar for a tasting or sampling of several different wines. If you’ve got a lot of free time today, you could even travel to a nearby winery and become educated on how wine is made from start to finish. Another excellent way to celebrate is to stop at a grocery or liquor store, pick up a few bottles, and host your very own wine tasting party at home!

Happy Drink Wine Day!

Sources: World’s Special Days, Examiner.com, Punchbowl

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National Moscato Day

National Moscato Day is observed on May 9!

National Moscato Day was established by Gallo Family Vineyards in 2012 to encourage people to taste the fruity wine and open the conversation about Moscato. This wine is popular among wine newbies and aficionados alike, as it is refreshing and complements a variety of foods.

The Moscato grape (Muscat Blanc) originates from Piedmont, a northwestern region of Italy. Moscato is known in wine circles for its beautiful fragrance, light body, fruitful taste, and low alcohol content. Moscato pairs well with a variety of fruits and fruity desserts, summer salads, soft and hard cheeses, and pasta dishes.

Celebrate National Moscato Day by having a wine sampling party centered on the fruity wine. However you enjoy National Moscato Day, please remember to celebrate responsibly.

Sources: Examiner, About.com

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