National Pinot Grigio Day

National Pinot Grigio Day is a holiday that celebrates a light-bodied white wine that’s often enjoyed as a refreshing summer wine. This holiday falls on May 17th and is celebrated by wine connoisseurs all over the globe. It’s a wine that can be paired with just about anything and is enjoyed by millions of people.

It doesn’t matter if a person is enjoying cream-based pasta, grilled fish, or roasted chicken; this is a wine that will pair perfectly with it. And that’s quite surprising considering that this wine isn’t aged as long as some other less popular wines. In fact, it’s usually on shelves within 12 weeks of fermentation.

The History Of National Pinot Grigio Day

Pinot Grigio can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages, although, at the time, it wasn’t known by that name. It was actually known as Fromenteau and it spread from Burgundy to Switzerland during the 14th century.

The grape would become wild and was at risk of being just a footnote in history. That is until it was rediscovered in Germany during the 18th century by Johann Seger Ruland. This wine was Ruländer, and although it was popular at first, its popularity dropped off during the 19th century.

Fortunately, the grape was revitalized during the 2000s and is now considered a popular summer wine. In 2017, Cavit Collection Wines created National Pinot Grigio Day and it was celebrated for the first time on May 26, 2017.

The following year, the holiday was moved to May 17th and it has been observed on this date ever since. Now, wine lovers all over the world love to celebrate this wine on this day.

Observing National Pinot Grigio Day

This is a good day to buy a bottle of Pinot Grigio to drink alone or to share with friends. We like to enjoy this wine with a nice summer salad, sautéed oysters, and maybe a side of pasta.

But people can feel free to pair this with any food they want. This includes risotto, fresh seafood, or the pasta of their choice. We also encourage people to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalPinotGrigioDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 17 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 17 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 17 Wednesday
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