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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May you have a great glass today 🙂
Thank you, I will.
Oops – did you say only one glass?
Well…yes and no 😉
Whoo-hoo! Red-letter day! I’ll have to partake after work!
It’s a damn shame there’s not a “love this” button on WP!
Alrighty then! That’s the spirit…
Shouldn’t this be a National holiday?
You can start the petition 😉
Well, it IS an election year. I’ll get to work on that!
I support this decision!
LOL! And approve this message!
I agree that taste’s change over time…but now I certainly defer to a Pino Noir, Roja or Malbec…
Never had a Malbec and use Rioja’s for a great reduction for lamb chops.
Malbec (best from Mendoza region of Argentina) are more “earthy”, but have a lot of subtle overtones of oak with fruit and vanilla.
There he goes with the subtle overtones! 😉
Ok, ok…it’s red 🙂
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.
Thanks, Teri. This is great news. Today I’ll drink with a purpose.
Hey! With your cooking there is always a purpose!
Thanks for the info. Good excuse to open a bottle of wine at dinner tonight. 🙂
Excuse? This a national day of celebration! It’s a reason 🙂
A fun holiday. I like how the granite counter reflects the bottles. Cheers.
Thanks. I may have fun with my counters with other objects to photo.
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.
Moscatos are entirely too sweet for me. And I am as responsible at drinking as I can be 😉
I like blush which is little less sweet than red.
Damn, I drank beer, oops, silliy me 😀
Then you must atone for your negligence and have a glass today!
You are wise, very wise. I will follow this advice 😀
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!
Have fun exploring US wineries. It will be fun 🙂 Have a great weekend too, Indah!
I missed it! Can I file an extension?
But of course!
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.
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 🙂