Just in case you needed another excuse to drink more wine, here comes Wine Day, on May 25th, where we’re all encouraged to uncork our favourite bottles and drink a glass of wine or two, or three.
It’s certainly one of the finest things there is, enjoying a glass of red wine or white wine with our food. The satisfying pop of the cork, the ceremonial undressing of the bottle’s neck, the tasting, the swishing, the savouring. And then there’s the aroma, and the taste that opens up whole terroirs and seasons, captured and distilled in liquid form. There is nothing quite like it.
From ancient times in Georgia at 6000 BC, Iran at 5000 BC, and Sicily at 4000 BC, grapes have been fermented into a restorative and pleasurable alcoholic drink to be shared with family and friends. The Greeks worshiped Dionysus, the Romans Bacchus, and if our modern culture has been founded on the principles of farming and the harvest, oenophilia has been with us since the very beginning. There can be no culture separate from wine and wine making.
Wine Day differs from National Drink Wine Day on February 18th. However, the two serve the same purpose, to promote the pleasure of wine, the social aspects, the health benefits and the culinary advantages of cooking with wine and pairing wine with food.