We live in a time when every day has a special assignment for celebration. Aside from public holidays, now our calendars and social media feeds are so often assigned to a specific food or drink. I wasn’t aware of most of these until my adult years and now I want to celebrate them all, yet I always manage to log onto social media and THEN find out it’s Pizza Day or National Taco Day or (insert fun culinary or beverage day here).
Just as in the food world, every booze has its day. Especially wine. I recently realized that most varieties of wine have a designated day of celebration. So if you’re like me and want to be aware of when your favorite tipple is to be celebrated nationally (or internationally), read on for our handy dandy list of wine days, plus a few tried and tested bottle recommendations.
August 4: National White Wine Day.
August 18: is International Pinot Noir Day
Cabernet Day is celebrated in late August/early September, on the Thursday before American Labor Day every year.
September 10: Port Wine Day is celebrated on the 10th of September.
November 7: International Merlot Day is celebrated every November 7th.
National Zinfandel Day is the third Wednesday in November.
December 20: Sangria Day
March 13: International Riesling Day is on the 13th of March.
First Friday in May: International Sauvignon Blanc Day is celebrated annually/
May 9: World Moscato Day. Fun Fact: this unofficial holiday was launched by the Gallo family in 2011.
May 17: Pinot Grigio Day
International Chardonnay Day is celebrated on the Thursday before Memorial Day every year.
May 25: National Wine Day is celebrated every year on the 25th of May.
International Rosé Day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of June every year.
Celebrate With Some New Favorites!
Just in case you’re like me and want to have a bottle handy as these informal celebrations crop up. I was annoyed that I missed Rosé Day this year, but I’ll be extra prepared for National White Wine Day coming up next month!
I am not a wine expert, but I love learning from the pros. If you want to learn more about it from a sista who knows, I highly recommend following the work of wine expert Julia Coney. I know most have their go-to favorite brands, countries, regions, and varietals, but if you’re looking for something new to try, check out these brands that I’ve personally tried and would recommend:
Balletto Vineyards — California based estate vineyard with everything from brut rose to zinfandel
Bread and Butter wines — California based, offering cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay, and sauvignon blancs.
Campo Viejo — Spanish Rioja wine by three female winemakers, known for red blends, rose, and more.
Concannon — California based family vineyard with history dating back to 1883, with varietals from cabernet through zinfandel.
Dry Farm Wines — organic wines that are lab tested, sugar free, and with no additives for anyone looking for pure wine.
Erath — Oregon based winery primarily known for pinot and other delicious reds.
Fiol — Italian prosecco brand also known for delightful summer rose.
Love Corkscrew — Black woman-owned wine brand known for bold flavors and wine-themed candles and body butters.
McBride Sisters — the largest Black-owned wine company in the US, founded by sisters raised in Monterey, California and Marlborough, New Zealand.
Mumm Napa –Napa, California based winery most known for sparkling wines.
RGNY — Sustainable, woman-owned vineyard in upstate New York with intriguing Riesling and white merlot.
Tangent Wines — bright, crisp sauvignon blanc from Edna Valley, California.
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