More Dumb Wine Days (and a couple of good ones)

Yesterday, I took a stab at writing about the various “Wine Days” that happen over the course of the year. They range from celebrations concerning specific states (e.g., “Oregon Wine Month”) to days dedicated to individual varieties  (e.g., “International Chardonnay Day”).

With some notable exceptions (see “Drink That Bottle Night”), I think that these events as a whole, are pretty silly, but I also know that I am not their intended audience. I drink at least some wine every day, so we need little coaxing or cajoling to put down a Coors Light or a Vodka Mule and open a bottle of wine instead.

So yesterday I tried to present my thoughts on these ever-increasing “Days” from my perspective with a bit of humor, which most appreciated. I think.

There were certainly some who didn’t (I was waiting for an angry email from John Carney, the Governor of Delaware, but apparently he must have missed my post yesterday).

Regardless, here is the rest of the list of all such days that I have been able to find for this year (and maybe a thought or two about what I think about them).

July

I searched. I Googled. I read. I skimmed. Nowhere could I find either a state wine month or any wine day of sorts. None. Zippo. Nada. Arkansas, here is your chance!

August

  • All Month: Washington State Wine Month. There is some confusion here as Taste Washington is in May (yesterday), and this is apparently different, it is not clear how. Nor is it clear if it will happen again this year–the website has no information. Sounds like it will be a well-organized event.
  • 1st: International Albarino Day. Albariño is perhaps more fun to drink than it is to say, but it’s close.
  • 4th: National White Wine Day. Oh boy, here we go. While I can understand how a certain region or devoted group of people might promote a single variety, having a day just for white wine makes little sense to me. Perhaps this is aimed at people who “only drink red wine” but I understand those people about as much as people who say they “don’t do math.”

  • 13th (Thursday): Celebrate Prosecco Day. I used to pan Prosecco until I went to the region and had some real Prosecco. The DOCG stuff, like Nino Franco Rustico. Whoa. It has bubbles. I like bubbles. And this is the day after my birthday, so I say go for it.
  • 14th (Friday): International Rosé Day. And we have a controversy. While the evidence for this August version of Rosé Day is scant, I did find at least two websites that mention a late summer pink celebration. Who is right? Who cares? You should be drinking pink all year long.

    I do a big rosé tasting at my house every year.

  • 18th (Tuesday): National Pinot Noir Day. Nary a week goes by without Pinot (at least in some form) being poured into my glass. Be it sparkling wine, rosé, or straight up full-test, it seems I am always drinking the stuff. If you are one of those who doesn’t “like” Pinot, you have either been drinking the wrong wines or we just can’t be friends.

As well as a blind tasting of Pinot.

  • 28th (Friday): National Red Wine Day. Red wine, which already gets most of the love in this country, apparently felt chagrined by their little sibling and had to have its own day as well. Dumb. It’s as if men decided they needed a day that celebrated when they were given the right to vote.

September

  • All Month: California Wine Month, Illinois Wine Month, Louisiana Wine Month, Missouri Wine Month, North Carolina Wine and Grape Month. A couple of notes here. Illinois Wine Month was declared back in 2005 by then governor, wait for it…, Rod Blagojevich. Yowza.  Louisiana has six wineries, making a total of 30 wines. One, made by Landry Vineyard, is a semi-sweet wine of 50% Merlot and 50% Blackberry. Whoa. Last, California, you produce 85% of the wine in this country, eighty-five percent. Do you really need your own month? Or are you just rubbing it in a little bit?
  • 3rd (Thursday): International Cabernet Sauvignon Day. The Thursday before Labor Day, Cabernet Sauvignon, the most widely planted grape in the world gets its day. Why? I guess we should celebrate domination.
  • 18th: International Grenache Day. The third Friday in September. I have nothing against Grenache, but I prefer to call it Garnacha. Much more fun to say.

 

October

  • All Month: Texas Wine Month, Virginia Wine Month, Pennsylvania Wine Month. While I have not had all that much Texas wine (despite living here for over three years), I will say being a wine lover is much easier in Texas than it is in Pennsylvania. Virginia is for lovers in general.
  • 2nd-3rd: North Dakota Wine Festival. I am guessing there will be another NDWF on these dates in 202. Why? What else are they going to do in North Dakota this weekend?
  • 10th (Saturday): International Pinotage Day. I am not going to lie to you folks, I hate Pinotage. So you are on your own here, since I sure a heck won’t be “celebrating” this one. Blech.
  • 12th-18th?: Drink Local Wine Week. The website has not been updated since 2016 (way to stay on top of things, peeps), but there is evidence elsewhere that this week does still exist. So drink local wines. Yes, even you people in Delaware and Louisiana. Sorry, those are the rules.
  • 16th: Global Champagne Day. More controversy as this date is for the U.S. and a it’s a week later for the U.K. It’s champagne, celebrate both. In fact, drink champagne every day just in case.
  • 23rd: Global Champagne Day #2. If I have to tell you to see the previous note, you really did not pay attention in school at all, did you?
  • 29th (Thursday): International Carignan Day. For me, this and Carmenère Day in November are the only real variety days that make sense. Why? Because no one knows what the heck they are and some awareness might be good. The people who promote this grape are from the South of France and are really into it. Over the last five years or so, they have proposed at least a dozen dates for the Day. I’m helping them out: it’s the last Thursday in October.

November

  • 1st (Sunday): International Xinomavro Day. A wine from Greece. Good luck with the pronunciation.

  • 7th (Saturday): International Merlot Day. Meh. It is my sister’s birthday, but otherwise Meh.
  • 12th (Thursday): International Tempranillo Day. Not as fun to say as Garnacha, but close. Also started by TAPAS, the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers And Amigos. The acronym almost works.
  • 18th (Wednesday): National Zinfandel Day. Sponsored by ZAP, the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. Good people and a good acronym. Third Wednesday.
  • 19th (Thursday): Beaujolais Nouveau Day. The third Thursday in November. An event championed by the recently deceased Georges Dubœuf–a great guy and a fantastic cyclist, back in the day.
  • 24th: Carmenère Day. We’re almost done…
  • 4th: Cabernet Franc Day. Started by a friend, Lori Budd at Dracaenawines.com. The date represents the death of Cardinal Richelieu, a big proponent of the grape. He was also a power-hungry religious zealot, but that has nothing to do with the grape.
  • 31st: (Another) National Champagne Day. This is like having National Give Your Mother Flowers Day fall on Mother’s Day. Is it really necessary?

 

About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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2 Responses to More Dumb Wine Days (and a couple of good ones)

  1. Scott Rynearson says:

    Here is a list of California wine festivals in July http://www.seecalifornia.com/festivals/july-wine.html

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  2. meilinlabaye says:

    So, what about Azyrtico or whatever it’s called, we had it in Santorini and it was nice!! Than, everything is nice when staying in Greece ❤

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