What can possibly be better than National Wine Day? Well, that’d be National Drink Wine Day of course! February 18th is the day where wine bottles being popped open can be heard around the world as we celebrate a day where drinking some wine a bit early, but not too early, is totally acceptable.
So what exactly is the deal with this day dedicated to drinking? Well, considering how popular and common the wine culture has become, it makes sense that’d there’d be a national holiday devoted to drinking it right? With the United States opening more wineries yearly and no projected signs of it slowing down, drinking wine has become a standard staple in homes worldwide.
Whether you find yourself thoroughly engrossed in wine culture and have a seasonal membership to your local winery, which should exist or like to partake in a glass or two every week in between the commercial breaks while watching Scandal, there’s something to be said about really appreciating the taste of a nice glass of wine.
There’s nothing like heading to your local grocery store where more than half of Americans go to snag yourself a bottle of your favorite Merlot. More than 40 percent of wine drinkers in the U.S. are women, which makes sense if you really think about it.
While buying a bottle of wine is incredibly easy now, during the days of prohibition, getting your fill of wine was a lot harder. Between 1920 until 1933 vineyard owners managed to stay in business by selling “wine bricks” under the guise of it being grape juice. We see you vineyard owners, so sneaky.
The bricks dissolved in water and fermented into wine. The instructions on how to actually drink the wine were printed on the bricks’ packaging as a precaution, “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it will turn into wine.”
Those days of having to sneak a glass of red or white depending on your preference are long gone, and now you can enjoy your bottle, responsibly of course, in peace. While you sip your glass of Pinot, enjoy some of these funny wine drinking memes.