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International Drinks Days – a Calendar in progress

Have you noticed the increasing number of International Drinks Days? These annual days are dedicated to a grape variety, or 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, these tend to be only for the most well-known grapes and drinks. I lament the lack of International Drinks Days for the likes of Bobal, Barsaglina and 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 MarchInternational 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


7 May – International Sauvignon Blanc 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

10 December – International Aszú Day


And finally

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!




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