February 18 National Drink Wine Day
If you ever read Vino 301’s blog around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays I write about how much I love season and it is my favorite time of the year. The festivities, food and fellowship warms my heart. These are all true statements. But, National Drink Wine Day is MY holiday. It is my Super Bowl, my Oscar night, my Christmas. It is what I do. I DRINK WINE. And, it is what you do too.
National Drink Wine Day is a real holiday. The commencement of the first celebration is undocumented, but over the years it has grown in popularity and practice. In January, I posted the National Drink Wine Day event on Vino 301’s Facebook page encouraging people to join in the celebration. It has been overwhelming how people have positively responded. Over 6,000 people across the United States responded and continue to respond. People posted comments, liked the event, shared pictures, or shared the event with others. Several were surprised National Drink Wine Day existed. Others professed they celebrate the holiday daily.
People are embracing the holiday and organizing events. Happy hours, movie and wine night, and cocktail night are some of the big events being planned. Other plans are little more subdued, like opening a bottle of wine. The great thing about this buzz is that people are comfortable to enjoy wine on their terms. National Drink Wine Day’s goal is to end the perception wine drinking is snobby, and bring the fun back!
Vino 301 has plans of its own. Three activities are planned for next Saturday.
Join us for an in-depth look at pairing reds and whites with everything from soft and gooey Brie, fresh and creamy chevre, aged, and extra-aged cheeses. You’ll never look at cheese the same.
Westminster Wine tour tours vineyards located in Western Maryland. Civil war heritage and Maryland’s farming culture are celebrated in Western Maryland. Preserving this rich history blends well with modern day culture. This mix of old and new can be found in vineyards in this region. Winemakers use new and aged old wine making traditions. You will find that some wines are grown in the Bordeaux style.
Your tasting adventure starts at Linganore Winecellars and Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard. Linganore Wincellars is one of Maryland’s largest vineyards and home to Maryland’s newest brewery. Vino 301 completes the tour at Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery. Springfield Manor offers fine wines, gin, rum and vodka.
You can register for any of these events on Vino 301’s website. We look forward to celebrating with you. However, if you cannot join us do something fun. Share with us your plans. Join the conversation on our Facebook Page.
Celebrate National Drink Wine Day with vigor, excitement and a glass of wine. Happy National Drink Wine Day!
I Heart Wine: Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
February 18 is National Drink Wine Day. No, I did not make this up to promote more tours. Yes, this is a real holiday. National Drink Wine Day was created to celebrate the ceremony and popularity of drinking wine. Drinking wine is woven into the fabric of our culture for over 6,000 years. Which got me thinking. Something that has been around as long as wine must have some intrinsic value other than a perfect pairing with chocolate.
So, I began investigating what are the benefits of drinking wine. And as a matter of fact, wine consumption has health benefits. Moderate wine consumption has several health benefits, especially for your heart. It could be a coincidence that National Drink Wine Day shares the same month as National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red was February 3. It is a part of the Go Red for Women campaign launched by the American Heart Association. The Campaign is to bring aware to heart disease and how it effects women. It is not fortuitous that we recognize wine and heart health in the same month. I heart wine, and here some reasons why you should heart wine too.
- Longer lives – According to the American Heart Association one to two glasses of wine has a positive effect on wine drinkers. Wine drinkers have 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinks.
- Protects your heart – Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compound. Resveratrol protects your heart and arteries against the effects of saturated fat in your diet.
- Promotes the good cholesterol – Red wine raises the good HDL cholesterol. Flavonoids and sapponins are in red wine. These elements help to prevent blood clots and protects your arteries from the damage from the cholesterol. The also help to protect your heart against cardiovascular disease.
There are many other health benefits linked to wine. Cancer, type two diabetes and tooth decay are among the diseases wine will help to prevent. These benefits are recognized when you wine is consumed in moderation. What is moderation? It depends on who you ask. Some articles say no more than two 5 ounce glasses. One article, states no more than 24 ounces a day. I will let you be the judge. There is one thing they all agree on is that wine, specifically red wine, has tremendous benefits for long health. Raise your glass and drink to wine and its healing powers.
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