Today is national what day? Like we need an excuse to drink wine! These international wine days are just another reason to celebrate and open your favourite wine. Seems like a good excuse to me. Here are some fun wine holidays that are worth celebrating.
International Wine Days To Celebrate
How Did Wine Holidays Come To Be?
I’m really not sure if any of these are actually official wine days and are likely a holiday started by an individual or an organization, but that’s okay with me.
International Wine Days By Month
I never need an excuse to drink wine but just in case you do, I have compiled a list of the International Wine Days by month.
February International Wine Days
February 1 – Furmint Day
Furmint is a white Hungarian wine grape variety that is most noted widely grown in the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region where it is used to produce single-varietal dry wines as well as being the principal grape in the better known Tokaji dessert wines.
Last Saturday in February – Open That Bottle Night
Time to crack open that special bottle of wine. It is the perfect excuse to open that special bottle you have been saving.
March International Wine Days
March 3 – Mulled Wine Day
It seems a bit odd to have mulled wine day in March. It would make more sense to celebrate this during Christmas.
March 13 – Riesling Day
Riesling is a white grape variety that originated in the Rhine region. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. There are many types of Riesling from dry, semi-sweet and sweet and are usually unoaked.
April International Wine Days
April 17th – Malbec Day
Whether you’re celebrating with something French or Argentinian, there is no limit on ways to make a toast to Malbec.
April 23 – International Cava Day
What is Cava? Cava is a sparkling wine made in Spain. Everyday can be sparking wine day but here is another reason to pop open the bubbly. April 23rd is San Jordi day in Spain, a day with much tradition that surely entails lots of bubbly.
May International Wine Days
First Friday in May: International Sauvignon Blanc Day
Sauvignon Blanc wears many different faces: so celebrate in the way that makes the most sense. From the big and fruity Kiwi wines to the more mineral French.
This official day originated from the Wines of New Zealand where Sauvignon Blanc is the country’s most important grape!
May 9th: Moscato Day
Moscato is about way more than just the painfully sweet stuff. Take the opportunity to learn more about this Italian classic.
Thursday Before Memorial Day in May: Chardonnay Day
Show the “Anything But Chardonnay” crowd what they’re missing out on. Get to know Chardonnay’s many flavors.
It was born with the idea of being on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend by Rick Bakas: “Naturally, we needed something on the Thursday before LaborDay. So #CabernetDay was born that same year.”
May 24th: Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris
Get to know the day that the United States finally made its mark in the wine world.
May 25th: National Wine Day
No need to get too specific on this day. Just find a bottle of your favorite winery, grape, or style, and enjoy. The perfect wine holiday!
May 26: World Sherry Day
Have you tried Sherry before? Sherry (Spanish: Jerez [xeˈɾeθ]) is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain
June International Wine Days
June 11th – 16th: Prosecco Week
For all its popularity and variety, there’s something too appropriate about Prosecco getting an entire week all to itself.
June 13th: Rosé Day
The best part about celebrating rosé is that there are so many different styles to choose from! Pick your favorite and drink up. (apparently, there are 2 competing “rosé days” – one is the Fourth Friday in June and the other is June 13th.)
June 20th: Drink Chenin Blanc Day
Never had a Vouvray or a Quarts de Chaume? Now’s your chance. Also, if you’re looking for the country that pours the most effort into Chenin Blanc, look for something from South Africa.
June 21st: Lambrusco Day
Another much-maligned wine, today’s the day to try one of the many variations that this refreshing Italian offers.
July International Wine Days
First Week of July: Sparkling Wine Week
There are so many sparklers out there that a whole week to get through them all seems more than appropriate.
Fourth Thursday of July: Shiraz Day
The name of this day suggests a more New World approach, but we won’t tell if you choose to celebrate with Syrah!
August International Wine Days
August 1st – 5th: Albariño Week
You don’t have to be in Rías Baixas to celebrate the second oldest wine festival in Spain (though it doesn’t hurt!)
August 4th: National White Wine Day
Celebrate everything from Airén to Viognier: just make sure it’s crisp and cold.
August 18: Pinot Noir Day
Pinot Noir ranks among the most beloved red wines in the world: this is the day to rediscover why!
August 28th: National Red Wine Day
One good wine color deserves another! Pour yourself anything from a GSM to a Port.
Thursday Before Labour Day: Cabernet Sauvignon Day
Finally: a holiday for the most popular red grape in the world! Take the time to try a Napa Cab or even a Left Bank Bordeaux.
September International Wine Days
3rd Friday of September: International Grenache Day
Finally, wine holiday that both the French and the Spanish can get equally excited for!
October International Wine Days
Second Saturday of October: Pinotage Day
There’s no question that Pinotage deserves a closer look these days: this is the perfect opportunity.
Last Thursday in October: Carignan Day
If you’re not terribly familiar with Carignan, you’re not alone. Take advantage of a day like today!
November International Wine Days
November 7th: Merlot Day
Have you ever uttered the words, “I’m not drinking any f@$!ing Merlot?” Use today to atone!
November 9th: Tempranillo Day
Make some tapas and celebrate Spain’s most famous grape: perhaps a little Rioja is in order?
Tempranillo Day was started by TAPAS or Tempranillo Advocates in the hopes of getting even more attention on this splendid Spanish grape.
3rd Wednesday of November: Zinfandel Day
National Zinfandel Day is advocated by ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) who also hold a huge Zinfandel tasting in San Francisco every year.
3rd Thursday of November: Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Whether you see it as a tradition or a clever marketing ploy, this is the day for drinking something truly young and fresh.
November 24th: Carménère Day
Carménère might originally be from France, but we’d recommend celebrating today with one of the great bottles from Chile.
December International Wine Days
December 4th: Cabernet Franc Day
Not to be outdone by its more famous child: Cabernet Franc definitely deserves some celebration of its own.
December 5th: Prohibition Repeal Day
Another holiday where it doesn’t matter what you’re drinking, so long as you are drinking.
December 20th: Sangria Day
You might think of Sangria as more of a hot weather drink, but any opportunity to mix a pitcher is a good one in our eyes!
December 31st: Champagne Day (aka NYE)
There truly couldn’t be a more perfect day to celebrate Champagne than New Year’s Eve. Cheers!