Today Is National Drink Wine Day

There's nothing like a national holiday to cheer us up. The 4th of July brings BBQ's and parties. Thanksgiving is a chance for us to gather round the table and share a meal with the people we love. Both of those are right up there with our favorite things to do...but what if there was a day reserved solely for the drinking of wine? Wouldn't that be a day you could throw yourself behind? Yep. We kid you not, February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and we couldn't be more thrilled.

According to CBS3 Duluth, this particularly mini-holiday isn't just about filling up your glass of pinot and getting sloshed with your girlfriends, but rather a chance for us all to sit back and celebrate the mental and physical benefits of drinking wine. After all, there is a study that has shown a glass of wine keeps the doctor away, so you should know the grape-based alcohol is pretty amazing stuff.

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As well as reducing blood pressure and stress, wine drinkers also tend to be less likely to develop anxiety disorders. What's more, wine is packed full of antioxidants - but that doesn't mean that you can drink copious amounts and get away with it. It is still alcohol after all. Like most holidays, National Drink Wine Day has its own website, nationaldrinkwineday.org that details the importance of February 18th.

"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," reads the site. "We embrace positive benefits of wine such as new friends, reduced risk of heart disease and the enhancement of food and life."

It's hard to argue with that logic; wine really is a huge part of life. There's nothing quite like opening a good bottle of red at Christmas time, or kicking back with your girlfriends over a glass or three of rose. Even if you're not a wine drinker yourself, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this particular beverage is more than just a drink - it's an institution!

We'll see you at the bar.

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