It’s National Drink Wine Day!

The purpose of National Drink Wine Day is to spread the love and health benefits of wine.  Wine has played an important role in history, religion and relationships.  We embrace the positive benefits of wine such as new friends, reduced risk of heart disease and the enhancement of food and life.  Nationaldrinkwineday.org

Works for me!  In honor of the day, I’d like to share with you these six bottles from my collection.  I am far from being a wine expert but I do know a little more about wine than that’s red, that’s white, and that one is bubbly.  Wines can range from very dry to very sweet; light to bold.  I like mine a bit in the middle.  When I first started drinking wine and didn’t know anything other than color, I was fond of the semi-sweet varieties but my palate has since changed and currently I am in a major Cabernet phase…but I wouldn’t turn down a Pinot Noir or a Syrah if offered.  And please don’t ask me if a wine has hints of cherry, chocolate, oak or whatever.  Wait!  I can tell if there are hints of oak but that’s about as refined as my palate gets.

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While some wine manufacturers import their grapes from other regions or countries, my favorite winery that I visited often when I was still living in Missouri was the St. James Winery where they grew their own grapes and made great wine and grape juice too!  The Country Red shown here is one of those semi-sweet wines I first became enamored with.  During my semi-sweet wine phase all I drank was this and Rieslings.  The cherry wine came from the Hermanhof Winery  also in Missouri.  It had the most beautiful patio where you could sit and enjoy your wine and small plate while taking in the views of the hilly countryside.  I purchased this wine some years ago and never got around to opening it; I do hope it is still good.

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I’ve only visited a couple of wineries here in Ohio – so far – and have attended some wine festivals to experience what Ohio wineries have to offer.  I hope one day to tour the wine country in California and France but I would not turn down the chance, should it occur, to visit and taste a good wine from any country.  Mentioning tasting, that is my favorite thing to do at wineries, have the samples or a flight or two.  The names some manufacturers give their wines today can be quite charming and even humorous as shown by these bottles from Ohio.  Lady in Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon, is made from Australian grapes and comes from the Good Vibes Winery in Westerville, Ohio.  The Call me a Cab Cabernet uses California grapes and is made in Powell, Ohio at the Powell Village Winery.  Both wineries offer excellent wines and delicious snack plates in cozy settings that invite you to relax and enjoy your wine and company.

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The Big Red Monster is a red blend from California that I have enjoyed many times since first discovering it at a local restaurant three years ago.  It is sneaking up on the Duc de Monflory,  a French Merlot-Cabernet wine I purchased when I was in Martinique about 10 years ago; I forgot where I had packed it away after a move and I fear this may be another one where I question its drinkability.

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Whatever your tastes may be in wine raise a glass today.  Cheers! Salud! Here here! Sante!  Please feel free to add your toast (be nice and keep it G rated) in the comments.

 

 

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  1. #1 by GP Cox on February 18, 2016 - 7:22 am

    Hip-hip-hooray!!!!

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 7:23 am

      May you have a great glass today 🙂

      • #3 by GP Cox on February 18, 2016 - 7:24 am

        Thank you, I will.

      • #4 by GP Cox on February 18, 2016 - 9:45 am

        Oops – did you say only one glass?

      • #5 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 10:22 am

        Well…yes and no 😉

  2. #6 by mickey2travel on February 18, 2016 - 7:34 am

    Whoo-hoo! Red-letter day! I’ll have to partake after work!

    • #7 by mickey2travel on February 18, 2016 - 7:35 am

      It’s a damn shame there’s not a “love this” button on WP!

    • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 7:35 am

      Alrighty then! That’s the spirit…

      • #9 by mickey2travel on February 18, 2016 - 7:36 am

        Shouldn’t this be a National holiday?

      • #10 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 7:37 am

        You can start the petition 😉

      • #11 by mickey2travel on February 18, 2016 - 7:38 am

        Well, it IS an election year. I’ll get to work on that!

      • #12 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 7:44 am

        I support this decision!

      • #13 by mickey2travel on February 18, 2016 - 7:45 am

        LOL! And approve this message!

  3. #14 by infraredrobert on February 18, 2016 - 8:57 am

    I agree that taste’s change over time…but now I certainly defer to a Pino Noir, Roja or Malbec…

    • #15 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 9:15 am

      Never had a Malbec and use Rioja’s for a great reduction for lamb chops.

      • #16 by infraredrobert on February 18, 2016 - 9:50 am

        Malbec (best from Mendoza region of Argentina) are more “earthy”, but have a lot of subtle overtones of oak with fruit and vanilla.

      • #17 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 10:23 am

        There he goes with the subtle overtones! 😉

      • #18 by infraredrobert on February 18, 2016 - 11:38 am

        Ok, ok…it’s red 🙂

  4. #19 by Timothy Price on February 18, 2016 - 9:49 am

    I’ll do a lot of whining today — It’ll be a regular whine fest — but I won’t be drinking wine when I dine on National Wine Day.

  5. #21 by ChgoJohn on February 18, 2016 - 10:11 am

    Thanks, Teri. This is great news. Today I’ll drink with a purpose.

  6. #23 by gavroche on February 18, 2016 - 10:22 am

  7. #25 by Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat on February 18, 2016 - 10:46 am

    Thanks for the info. Good excuse to open a bottle of wine at dinner tonight. 🙂

    • #26 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 11:08 am

      Excuse? This a national day of celebration! It’s a reason 🙂

  8. #27 by milfordstreet on February 18, 2016 - 1:11 pm

    A fun holiday. I like how the granite counter reflects the bottles. Cheers.

    • #28 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 2:57 pm

      Thanks. I may have fun with my counters with other objects to photo.

  9. #29 by A. Blake on February 18, 2016 - 1:21 pm

    Happy National Drink Wine Day – clink clink cheers and remember to always drink responsibly. I gave up Sweet Red because of the excessive calories and truly dislike dry white, so it’s Pink Moscato most of the time #LibertyCreekWines are my favorite.

    • #30 by imagesbytdashfield on February 18, 2016 - 2:58 pm

      Moscatos are entirely too sweet for me. And I am as responsible at drinking as I can be 😉

      • #31 by A. Blake on February 19, 2016 - 12:05 pm

        I like blush which is little less sweet than red.

  10. #32 by feralc4t on February 19, 2016 - 5:48 am

    Damn, I drank beer, oops, silliy me 😀

    • #33 by imagesbytdashfield on February 19, 2016 - 4:05 pm

      Then you must atone for your negligence and have a glass today!

      • #34 by feralc4t on February 20, 2016 - 5:05 am

        You are wise, very wise. I will follow this advice 😀

  11. #35 by Indah Susanti on February 19, 2016 - 11:55 am

    I am surprised how many different of wines here in the US! I will certainly enjoy this type of the day 😉 Have a great weekend, Teri!

    • #36 by imagesbytdashfield on February 19, 2016 - 4:06 pm

      Have fun exploring US wineries. It will be fun 🙂 Have a great weekend too, Indah!

  12. #37 by Mark Myers on February 20, 2016 - 10:15 am

    I missed it! Can I file an extension?

  13. #39 by Nancy on February 22, 2016 - 4:05 pm

    I missed this post as I was off celebrating National Wine Day! I like wine. I like wineries. I have been to the Powell Winery as well. I like red when it’s cold and white when it’s hot. I am a big fan of a buttery chardonnay and a full bodies cab. I have jotted down your shared wines………. I shall enjoy them if I can purchase them.

    • #40 by imagesbytdashfield on February 22, 2016 - 4:06 pm

      I think most if not all of them can be mail ordered unless you live in a state that frowns upon it. I just used some chardonnay for some mussels last night 🙂

      • #41 by Nancy on February 22, 2016 - 4:16 pm

        YUM!

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