International Drinks Days – a Calendar in progress
Have you noticed the increasing numbers of International Drinks Days, annual days dedicated to a grape variety, a cocktail, spirit or beer? How did the idea of International Drinks Days arise? Apart from clogging up your calendar or Twitter feed, do they have any value? Do you look forward to any of them? Why those particular days, and who gets to choose? How are we to celebrate?
Did it originate with Beaujolais Nouveau, which used to be widely celebrated and at least commemorates the new wine’s release? So many questions. I fear we may never know the answers.
And, excepting Xinomavro and Furmint, why do these tend to be only for the most well-known grapes and drinks? I lament the lack of International Drinks Days for Bobal, Barsaglina or Bacchus. I wonder how you start one?
It’s a bit of fun, so in the (ahem) spirit of International Drinks Days, here is an annual drinks calendar, with some links out to related Wine Alchemy articles.
International Drinks Day Calendar.
Nothing. Maybe that’s because of Dry January?
1 February – International Furmint Day
First Saturday – International Pisco Sour Day
8 February – International Scotch Whisky Day
18 February – Global Drink Wine Day
22 February – International Margarita Day
27 February – National Kahlúa Day
3 March – International Irish Whiskey Day
3 March – International Mulled Wine Day
5 March – National Absinthe Day
13 March – International Riesling Day
21 March – World Vermouth Day
27 March – International Whisk(e)y Day
17 April – World Malbec Day
13 May – World Cocktail Day
15 May – World Whisky Day
21 May – International Chardonnay Day
4 June – International Cognac Day
12 June – World Gin Day
21 June – World Lambrusco Day
10 July – World Rum Day
11 July – World Mojito Day
24 July – World Tequila Day
First Friday – International Beer Day
18 August – International Pinot Noir Day
30 August – World Mai Tai Day
2 September – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day
17 September – International Grenache Day
2 October – World No Alcohol Day
4 October – International Vodka Day
10 October – International Pinotage Day
19 October – International Gin and Tonic Day
23 October – World Champagne Day
31 October – International Carignan Day
1 November – International Xinomavro Day
7 November – International Merlot Day
12 November – International Tempranillo Day
18 November – International Poitín Day
Third Thursday – Beaujolais Nouveau Day
24 November – International Carménère Day
4 December – International Cabernet Franc Day
If you know of any other examples, and I bet they are legion, I’ll be happy to add them to this Calendar – just let me know in the comments below or by email.