I just learned that February 18 is National Drink Wine Day. According to http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/02/18/happy-national-drink-wine-day/, this day has been celebrated since 2011. The purpose of National Drink Wine Day is to “spread the love and health benefits of wine. Wine has played an important role in history, religion and relationships. We embrace the positive benefits of wine such as new friends, reduced risk of heart disease and the enhancement of food and life.”
While I love the concept of a day dedicated to drinking wine, I have to say that, like all the other special wine days, this one seems like just another good excuse for social media to have some fun. I see that Facebook and Twitter both have their own pages dedicated to this day. I’m sure the other social media sites have special pages as well.
The wine day I truly love is OTBN (Open That Bottle Night), which happens next Saturday (the last Saturday of February). What I love about OTBN is that there is a really fun ritual associated with the day, where you gather your wine-loving friends together and drink oldie moldy bottles of wine that you’ve been saving for just the right occasion.
Coming up with a Ritual for National Drink Wine Day
So my question for you is what fun ritual can we come up with for National Drink Wine Day? Of course the ritual will need to include fun-loving people and good wine. Beyond that, here are a couple of possibilities:
- Have a wine and song evening. I recently discovered a very cool website with 100s of lyrics with the word wine in it. In between each wine, sing one of the songs.
- Have everybody bring a wine story. I found this very cool one, and I’m sure there are many others. During the Prohibition era (1920-1933), some vineyard owners stayed in business by selling “wine bricks” under the guise of grape juice. The bricks dissolved in water and turned into the banned alcoholic beverage after a fermentation period. The instructions were actually printed on the bricks’ packaging as a precaution: “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it will turn into wine.”
I would love to hear your ideas about how best to celebrate National Drink Wine Day. Please share them here. Thanks. Cheers!
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