Celebrate National Drink Wine Day 2017

February is home to one of the lesser known holidays. No, it is not Valentine’s Day. February 18 is National Drink Wine Day. National Drink Wine Day is a real holiday. I know, I know a holiday which finally recognizes your favorite past-time. It is a joyful moment.

It is undocumented when the holiday was first celebrated, but it is a nationally recognized 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. Wine is used to celebrate milestone moments like weddings, and anniversaries. Wine a part of religious ceremonies and communal events. And, wine is simply enjoyed after a long day of work.

Throughout the years’ wine drinking has been stigmatized. Wine drinkers have been labeled elitists. This unfortunate label may have resulted from wine tasting becoming a career and study. People professing their knowledge, rather than expressing their enjoyment. National Drink Wine Day’s goal is to end this perception and bring the enjoyment and fun back!

If you are unsure how you can celebrate February 18, here are some suggestions:

  1. Host a “blind” wine tasting – Invite friends over and ask them to bring a bottle of wine. Before you serve the wine, hide the wine label. Give them clues about the wine, then ask them to guess what type of wine you served. A lot of laughter and awes will ensue.

  1. Make wine cocktails – Vodka, and Gin are not the only bases for a good cocktail. Wine is often used for a good cocktail like a Sangria. Pinterest has several wine cocktails recipes.

  1. Take a wine tasting class – Wine schools are offering basic wine tasting classes. This is a great opportunity to learn more about wine or wine and food pairings. You can Google wine tasting classes. You will be surprised how many are offered near year.

  1. Visit a vineyard – Maryland has over 72 vineyards. There is almost a vineyard in every county in Maryland. The Maryland Wine Association has a map and listing of the vineyards in Maryland. Many of the vineyards are opened from noon until 5:00 pm and do not require an appointment.

  1. Attend an instore wine tasting – Many fine wine stores have free instore tastings on the weekends. Wine distributors are on site to share their latest wine. Some stores have up to 6 wines to taste and will offer discounts when you purchase one of those wines.

  1. Be adventurous and try a different wine with your favorite dish – We all get stuck in a wine rut. Something different with your favorite dish. The staff at your favorite wine store can assist you with selecting a new wine.

  1. Order a bottle of wine, instead a glass of wine – Instead of ordering a glass of wine at dinner order the bottle. Especially if you are going to have more than one glass of wine, it may be cheaper to purchase the bottle. There is a sizeable price mark up of wine at restaurants. Do not worry about not finishing the bottle. You can take the bottle home if you do not finish it. Ask the waiter recork the bottle.

  1. Share the gift of wine – Give your bestie a bottle of their favorite wine. Remember, National Drink Wine Day is to share the wine drinking experience.

  1. Conduct a vertical wine tasting – A vertical wine tasting is when you try the same type of wine but the producer, region or year is different. For example, you try a Chardonnay from California, New Zealand, South Africa and France. You will be amazed how the same grape is produced differently around the world.

  1. Pour a glass of wine – Simply open a bottle of wine, pour a glass of wine and enjoy. National Drink Day is meant for you to enjoy the splendor of wine without fanfare.

About the author – Ms. Leslie Frelow is the owner of Vino 301 Wine Concierge an all-inclusive wine tours and events company. She writes a weekly blog about wine tasting and Maryland vineyards. You can read more of Vino 301’s blogs at www.vino301.com/blog Vino 301 Wine Concierge offers wine tours to Maryland’s vineyards and wineries as well as wine tasting classes.

Red Wine Masque from Wilma Schumann

For some of us, wine is not just a drink, but it’s a lifestyle. There’s nothing better than sipping on a glass of wine after a long day at work. But, did you know there’s more to wine than just feeling relaxed? The unique, rich ingredients in red wine actually have an incredible amount of beauty benefits.


Studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine a day not only has health benefits such as improving heart health and boosting immunity, but it also has incredible beauty benefits. The powerful antioxidants found in grapes used to make red wine actually slow the growth of bacteria that cause acne, decrease the look of aging and help to fight free radicals.

Celebrate this National Drink Wine Day with a soothing Red Wine Masque from Wilma Schumann, which is packed with powerful antioxidants that deliver supple, hydrated, more youthful-looking skin. Cheers to that!

Celebrate the holiday with Wilma Schumann Red Wine Hydra-Gel Masques ($39.00 for four). These masques are saturated with its key ingredient and Hyaluronic Acid for maximum hydration. All are loaded with anti-aging ingredients to instantly reveal healthier, more youthful-looking skin. This antioxidant mask formulated with Red Wine is rich in polyphenols, making it an ideal addition to any anti-aging regimen. Ideal as a first-line of defense against skin exposed to free radicals and environmental damage.

National Drink Wine Day – How To Celebrate

Thursday, February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and what better way to pay tribute to this holiday than to “wine” down and kick off the weekend with a glass (or two) of your favorite wine.

Whether you prefer to honor this holiday with friends, at the office or alone at home-sweet-home, below please find four essentials for your celebration.

The Perfect Sip: Santa Margherita


Santa Margherita

Savor Every Drop: Wine Aerator

Celebrate the reason for this holiday with a varietal from Santa Margherita’s collection. Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio Alto Adige is a dry white – a wine of great personality and versatility. Chianti Classico Riserva is an intriguing red, absorbing an array of earthly wide-ranging aromatics. Prosecco Superiore is a sparkling wine and the perfect base for a variety of bubbly cocktails. ($17.99 – $26.99)

Krups Wine Aerator

A Toast to Thursday: Stemware

KRUPS 2-Bottle Wine Aerator offers your guests their favorite glass of red or white wine chilled to perfection. The KRUPS Wine Aerator allows you to chill, aerate, serve and preserve wine all at once. With a preserve function that features a vacuum technology and removes oxygen from the bottle, you can preserve wine for up to 10 days making the most out of each bottle. ($499.99)


Drink Without Damage: Teeth Whitener

Prep for the evening by decorating your celebration space with sophisticated pieces from Fitz and Floyd. Friends and family will love sipping their favorite varietal out of these glamourous glasses. ($49.99/4-piece set)


Supersmile Quikee’s on-the-go instant stain removing formula comes to the rescue after a night of drinking red wine. Their formula with Calprox guarantees whiter teeth, removes stains and freshens breath without brushing or rinsing. A quick swipe of the tongue and smiles and breath is refreshed. The tube is conveniently the same size as a tube of lip balm so you can keep it as discrete as you need. ($18)