National White Wine Day on August 3 is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of this very versatile drink. White wines make for great apéritifs before a meal, a suitable companion to fish or white meat dishes, and a great accompaniment to dessert. White wine is generally considered to be lighter and more refreshing than red wine and is the preferred alcoholic beverage for millions of people throughout the world. So, whether it is a chardonnay or a sauvignon blanc, National White Wine Day is here and it’s time to relax and treat yourself to a crisp little tipple.
History of National White Wine Day
The origins of wine can be traced back as far as 7500 years ago, in what is now known as Iran. Experts are pretty sure that wine was being drunk long before this but there’s no actual evidence for them to point towards at the moment. By 460 BC it was being consumed in Europe and the Greek physician Hippocrates was prescribing it as a remedy to some of his patients.
During the Roman times, wine featured heavily at expensive banquets and was considered a sign of prestige. It was the Romans who began to produce less sweet versions of white wine as they conquered new territories in the North and cultivated on new land. It was also the Romans who introduced the concept of drinking cool wine in the summer and warm wine in the winter, a practice which many still follow today.
White wine eventually became popular throughout all of Europe, which led to more vineyards throughout the continent. By the 16th century, that popularity had spread to the Americas, with vines being planted in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.
Champagne was created in the 18th century and by the 19th century, it was the drink of choice for the elite. Champagne is only produced in the Champagne province of France, an area that has unique soil due to its sloping landscapes.
The 20th century has seen vines introduced to new places and technological developments that have changed the process of winemaking throughout the world. One thing, though, hasn’t changed, and that’s the people’s love for a glass of white wine. The origins of National White Wine Day are unclear but we do know the best way to celebrate, and that’s with a glass of the good stuff.
National White Wine Day timeline
The first commercial California winery, Buena Vista Winery, is founded.
A Fine Year
A bottle of Château d'Yquem from 1811 sold for $117,000 in 2011, making it the most expensive bottle of white wine ever.
The French monk Dom Perignon invented champagne.
- 4100 BC
The First Winery
The oldest winery found in a cave in Armenia can be traced back to this period.
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National White Wine Day FAQs
What day is National Chardonnay Day?
National Chardonnay Day is celebrated on the Thursday before memorial day each year.
How many National Wine Days are there?
We currently celebrate 8 different wine holidays on National Today.
How many days is white wine good after opening?
If you are keeping it in the fridge then white wine is usually good for 5 to 7 days.
National White Wine Day Activities
Pour yourself a glass of white
There’s no better way to celebrate National White Wine Day than by treating yourself to a glass of white wine. Invite some friends over, pop open a bottle, and savor its unique and refreshing taste.
Host a wine tasting evening with friends
When it comes to white wine there is such an incredible variety that you’re basically spoilt for choice. Why not host a white wine tasting evening and invite your friends over to sample the different wines available. Score them and the group can collectively decide on their favorite wine.
Visit a vineyard
Become more knowledgeable about white wine by visiting a vineyard and learning more about how it is produced. Many vineyards offer tours of their grounds so you can see what goes into that bottle of wine and of course there will be some wine tasting involved too.
5 Facts About White Wine That Will Surprise You
Some people suffer from a phobia of wine, it’s called oenophobia.
It takes approximately 75 grapes to make a glass of white wine. Which means you need 300 grapes for a bottle.
Nebuchadnezzar is the name given to the largest bottle of white wine that you can buy. It’s a 15-liter bottle, which equates to 20 normal-sized bottles.
Temperature is key
White wines should be served at a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
If it was a popularity contest
Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world,
Why We Love National White Wine Day
White Wine is a drink for many occasions. Whether it’s chicken, fish, a dessert, or just a social catch up with friends, a glass of white wine will suit the occasion.
From chardonnay to champagne and everything in between, there is a huge range of different white wines out there and you could spend a lifetime deciding which your favorite is.
Let’s not forget that the main reason white wine is so popular is that it tastes great.
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