May 25th: National Wine Day
Wine is the most produced beverage in the world. Drink a glass of good Italian wine, and don't forget to tag us!
Cheers, salute!It's May 25th, which means we are in the middle of a beautiful season, which is spring. We can enjoy the cherry blossom, the fantastic warm weather, but it is also cool to remember that we celebrate National Wine Day on this day. Finally, a day where we can drink one more glass without feeling guilty. Drinking wine should always be a social activity at the restaurant, bar, or at home. Even if the Magnifico Team loves wine and all the tradition behind it, we are fully aware that exaggerating is a mistake, and of course, it is never healthy.
Let's celebrate the history of wineThe National wine day is more about celebrating the drink itself rather than the act of having a glass of wine. It's an ancient beverage used by many civilizations for different reasons, also for religious observance. The earliest known traces of wine are from Georgia, Persia, which is Iran today, and Sicily (we are going back to 4000 BC). To understand the etymology of wine, we need to remember the Old English word win that comes from Proto-Germanic winam, which also comes from Latin word vinum. Today there are so many different types of wine: sweet or dry, red or white, fancy, sparkling, mineral, fruity, etc. With some experiments, studies, and tastes, each of us can find the perfect wine for our personal taste.
Every region has its wineWine is the most produced beverage in the world. Everybody knows that it is made from fermented grapes. Different kinds of grapes are responsible for different types of wine. Every country produces different wines. If we think about Italy, we have at least one wine for every region we have: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, for Abruzzo, for example; Cannonau for Sardinia, Barolo in Piedmont, Nero d'Avola in Sicily, etc. That's because regions have different climates and landscapes.
Some numbers about wineLet's give some numbers to better understand the wine impact in the world. According to Worldmapper.com "The biggest net exporter of wine is Italy, followed by Spain, France, Chile, and Australia. The biggest net importing country of wine is the United Kingdom, followed by Germany, Russia, the United States, and China. The United States accounts for 30 million hectoliters and is the world's largest market for wine". And more "The world's annual consumption of wine is almost 250 million hectoliters. That corresponds to the volume of 10,000 Olympic-size swimming pools".
How to observe this important "National Day"If you have some free time, organize a dinner with some friends if you don't work until late. Cook at home and tell them to bring some wine. Of course, we root for Italian food and wine. We have so many choices among red and white wines. Just remember, if you are drinking red, one of the best Italian dishes is: pappardelle with Bolognese sauce or pasta with broccoli rabe and sausages. If you are drinking white, well, you can make some good seafood risotto. You can follow our blog community to find tips and recipes. Don't forget to make a picture of your food and wine and to tag us @magnificofood and of course also #winenationalday. Salute!
- Donatella Mulvoni