National Wine Day is marked annually on May 25 to celebrate the age-old beverage that not only makes you feel good but also comes with several health benefits.

The day is marked to create awareness about the fermented drink. Consumption of wine in moderation can lower the risk of heart disease, heart strokes, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, colon cancer, and also slow down brain decline.

The United States is the fourth-largest wine-producing country in the world, after Italy, Spain, and France. California produces 89 percent of all wine in the U.S.

To celebrate this day, fetch a bottle of your favorite wine and invite your friends over, or better yet,curl up on the couch with a glass in hand.

Here are some facts about vino:

  • The oldest winery that we know of is Armenian, dated to 4100 BCE
  • There are three major types of wine: red, white and rosé
  • The colour of a wine is determined by the contact that the grape juice has with grape skins
  • Sweet or ‘dessert’ wine is made from grapes with high sugar content
  • The yeast used for fermentation is called saccharomyces cerevisiae, or ‘brewer’s yeast’
  • A ‘vintage’ wine is one made only with grapes harvested in the same year

Here are some quotes about the ancient beverage to read and enjoy, courtesy Brainy Quote.

1. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” — Benjamin Franklin

2. "Wine, like food, is so emotional. If you think about it, so much of the courting ritual is surrounded by wine and food. There's a built-in romance to wine." — Padma Lakshmi

3. "Wine is the only artwork you can drink." — Luis Fernando Olaverri

4. "Wine is sunlight, held together by water." — Galileo Galilei

5. "A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world." — Louis Pasteur

6. “Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” — Joan Collins

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