People don’t’ need an excuse to drink red wine, but they’ll gladly take it. So, who do we have to thank for National Red Wine Day on August 28? None other than writer and wine aficionado Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. It’s anyone’s guess as to why this date was selected, but we’re guessing that a love of sangria had something to do with it. Still, you have to feel for purists who can only drink wine at room temperature. For red wine specifically, that’s between 65-70 degrees, which doesn’t sound all that great under the blistering sun. However, if you’re chilling in the AC, it’s all good.
And since we’re on the topic of cool, you’re probably wondering which wine will impress your buds. Many people opt for something that’s aged, but not don’t believe the hype — the fact is, 90% of wines should be downed within a year. As for the ones that do get better with age, there’s California Cabernet Sauvignon, vintage Port, and Châteaux of Bordeaux. By the way, don’t feel any pressure to remember all of this. After a few glasses, it’s doubtful anyone will remember to complain about your choice. If for some reason they do, remind them of what National Red Wine Day is all about: having another glass of wine responsibly. With that, let’s begin the festivities!
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National Red Wine Day - History
New Wine Emerges
Vineyards in California, Australia, and South America start producing wines to rival those from Europe.
Spanish Wine Arrives
The Spanish, doing some conquering of their own, bring wine to the Americas.
Don't Drink the Water
For many years, Europe had no steady supply of clean drinking water, and people drank wine instead.
Greek Wine Takes Root
The ancient Greeks perfect wine and use it for trade, religion, and health. As they conquer new lands, they plant grape vines, including in Spain and Italy.
First Winery Established
The oldest-known winery is founded in what is now Armenia.
National Red Wine Day Activities
1. Go out to eat (and drink)
In honor of the holiday, some restaurants offer a special deal on, you guessed it, red wine! There's a lot to try, so it's important to save some room. Instead of going for a single, heavy meal, you might want to consider a tapas crawl. Small plates are shareable and they won't make you feel like you need a power nap. Although, red wine does contain melatonin, which means you'll have to fight urge to catch some Z's. Good thing you'll have your buddies along for support...as long as they stay awake, that is.
2. Make sangria with your friends
There are too many types of sangria for you to make yourself. Have your friends bring over a batch of their own so you can taste and compare. You could even mix them all together to form a monster concoction, but we don't recommend it. For a less risky experiment, have everyone suggest a flavor, and settle on a recipe that combines the best of each idea. But remember to get everyone's input well before they start drinking.
3. Cook and unwind with a glass of wine
Make a meal using red wine as much as possible. You don't have to look very hard to find recipes for wine-based apps, entrees, and desserts. There's no need to worry if you don't use up your entire supply when cooking. Just pour the leftovers into a glass, and enjoy. We have a feeling that the pairing will be spot on.
3 Wine Facts Your Friends Only Wish They Knew
Oenophobia is a thing — that's the (totally real) scientific term used to describe people with a fear of wine.
2. Red vs. White
Wine tasting is all about expectations: Even oenology students have trouble discerning red wine from white wine in blind study (Brochet 2001).
3. Like Long Legs?
Your wine's "legs" don't mean what you think they do. Rather than showing quality, "legs" show that a wine has high alcohol content.
Why We Love National Red Wine Day
A. Red wine keeps us healthy
A five-ounce glass of wine is fat free, cholesterol free, and only 100 calories. But other than helping to keep you slim and trim, it can keep your brain sharp. Resveratrol is in the skin of red gapes, and it's the mortal enemy of beta-amyloid — a protein that is a contributing factor to Alzheimer's. So, a glass of wine here and there can slow down the formation of this baddie. Looks like they weren't kidding when they said, “Let's drink to your health.”
Sangria is a refreshing way to cool off in the summer. It's also a great way to expand your taste buds' horizons. There's literally no end to the variety, with some recipes containing bitters or Italian amaro liqueurs. Being that it's National Red Wine Day, you probably want to stick to sangria that's red wine-based. But if you sneak some white wine into the party, we won't think any less of you...okay, maybe a little.
C. Red wine makes food taste better
Drinking a glass of red wine isn't the only way to celebrate. Wine not only pairs well with food — it's a key ingredient in some seriously tasty dishes. There are standards like spaghetti Bolognese, but for the more adventurous, feel free to take a bite out of Cabernet apple slaw. You'll be happy to know that red wine is also a nice complement to spiced pear bread pudding.