National Drink Wine Day

Honor this holiday and toast your health this Saturday!

Of course, the exact history and origin of wine is a bit vague, but archeological resources suggest evidence of wine production as far back as 6,000 BC in Middle Eastern and European regions. In addition to that conjecture, numerous theories and legends also exist.

One interesting legend is an ancient harem discovering wine amidst her path of self-destruction. Concrete archeological evidence links wine origin to ancient Persian kings, so some of this fable may be factual. Legend has it that King Jamshid of Persia banned this particular harem from his kingdom, which depressed her so deeply that she attempted suicide. King Jamshid’s warehouse was rumored to contain jars of poison, so she visited the warehouse, seeking poison as a means to her end. She located a jar that she believed was poison, and consumed its contents. However, the contents were grape remains, which had fermented into wine. When the harem felt its effects, known as intoxication, suddenly suicide was the last thing from her mind. As soon as King Jamshid learned about this, he welcomed her back to kingdom come, and announced that all grapes grown in his region would solely be for wine production, and that his kingdom would live happily ever after.

Today, over twenty million acres throughout the world are vineyards designated for wine production. Consequently, there is no shortage of wine anywhere on the planet. So go ahead and pop a cork in honor of National Drink Wine Day.

In addition to the relaxation a glass of wine provides, you may reap many additional benefits. But easy does it; there is a fine line between wine benefiting your health and burdening it. One glass of wine a day improves your heart, memory, immune system, aids in weight loss and strengthens bones. Cheers to your health!

Now that you are armed with some wine trivia, show off your newfound knowledge by hosting a wine tasting party of your own. All you need are a few, preferably unique, bottles of wine, some quality cheese and a few loaves of fresh bread. And presto, you have one heck of a party.

Interestingly, National Drink Wine Day falls on the same week as International Flirting Week. So go ahead…have a glass of wine and flirt with that exotic-looking individual who has intrigued you.

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If you need an excuse to drink wine this Saturday, how about the fact that February 18 is National Drink Wine Day? So, if you don’t consume at least one glass of wine on this national holiday, you are dishonoring the US.

National Drink Wine Day is one of those national holidays that isn’t as well known or historic as, say, Valentine’s Day, but is a nationally-recognized holiday just the same.

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