7 Ways to Celebrate National Wine Day

An entire day dedicated to one of our favorite beverages? Yes, please.

By: Laura James

National Wine Day, not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day on February 18, falls on #ThirstyThursday this year, which means all the more reason to celebrate. Round up your favorite wine drinking buddies and welcome the long weekend a little early by indulging in some of these wine-related activities.

Miniature Champagne Bottles

Miniature Champagne Bottles

Photo by: Jeanine Hays

Jeanine Hays

1. Host a Wine Tasting

Invite your closest wine-loving friends over for a little soirée. To make the planning process easier, ask each of your guests to pitch in and bring a favorite wine. Get more tips from our guide.

How to Hold a Wine Tasting Like a Pro

Want to hold a sophisticated wine-tasting party? Learn what to serve with the wine, the proper stemware to use and how to set up tasting station.

2. Give a Gift to a Wine Lover

While this holiday is not one you’re expected to exchange gifts on like Christmas or Valentine’s Day, maybe that’s all the more reason to give one! If you have a friend who needs their day brightened and loves wine, browse our wine lover’s gift guide and give a small, unexpected gift.    

Wine Lover's Gift Guide

Know an oenophile (wine aficionado) who is hard to shop for? Take a look at these unique gifts.

3. Drink Wine

The most obvious way to celebrate? Drink wine! Pour it straight from the bottle or spice things up for this special occasion with a refreshing cocktail. It is a holiday after all. Get some recipe ideas from our sister brand HGTV.

4. Put a Cork in It

If you consider yourself a wine lover and plan to celebrate National Wine Day, chances are you have a container filled with wine corks somewhere in your home. Put those to good use by turning them into a trivet. Follow these easy steps.

How to Make a Wine Cork Trivet

Collector of corks too? Turn them into a functional trivet for your kitchen.

5. Decorate With Wine Bottles

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Check out these clever ways to fill your home to the brim with decorations using wine bottles.

Unique Chandelier

As seen on Flea Market Flip, vintage Mason jars in their rack were transformed into a very cool, industrial-style chandelier.

Wine Bottle Pendant Lights

You can make so many things with a bottle cutter. For instance, these kitchen pendants were crafted from three old wine bottles. They were cut just below the neck, wrapped in decorative wire then fitted with electrical fixtures. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Get step-by-step instructions to make these

Photo By: Susan Teare

Number It

Vintage-style flip-top bottles are easy to decorate and add charm to any table setting. Fill them with spring water, wine or juice to allow guests to serve themselves at a dinner party, brunch or wedding reception. Design by Camille Styles

Learn how to make these

Chalkboard Mason Jars

Perfect for large parties (especially if a keg is involved), large Mason jars are dipped in chalkboard paint to make personalized drinking glasses. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Light Up the Night

Blue and clear Mason jars are used to set the mood for a romantic evening outdoors. The jars are half-filled with sand, a votive candle is set in the center, then each one is hung up using string wrapped around the jar's wire closure. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Soap Dispenser

You can find these Mason jar soap dispensers at a lot of stores, but it is easy and a lot cheaper to make your own. Just drill a hole in the top of the jar and insert the pump. You may want to add a drop of glue to hold the pump in place.

Coastal-Inspired

To make a lovely window display, a variety of old bottles, votive holders and vases were swathed in twine and rope then adorned with flowers and shells. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Memory Bottles

Instead of a typical picture frame, display your favorite photos inside unusual-shaped bottles. Tiny shells, decorative sand or beads are placed in the bottom of the bottle, the photo is rolled inside then the bottle is sealed with a decorative cork and some pretty trinkets. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Get the step-by-step instructions

Jug Lamp

A big bottle of vino was emptied then turned into a table lamp. The unique macramé shade adds the perfect touch of fun chic.

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Christmas Tree Stand

For a holiday wine tasting, or after the wine tasting, fill the "dead soldiers" with some water, add a few gnarly branches, then trim them with ornaments and stockings. Design by Rima Nasser

Terrarium

Mason jars make the perfect kitchen windowsill gardens. The lid will help hold moisture when necessary. Plant your favorite herbs and watch them take off.

6. Make a Wine Rack

If you don't have a designated bar cart and wine bottles are cluttering your counters, make an easy DIY wine rack to keep your bottles on-hand and ready to go.

How to Make an A-Frame Wine Rack

This wine rack is sleek in design and easy to make.

7. Recycle Bottles Into a DIY Project

When the celebration is over and National Wine Day comes to a close, you'll probably be left with a handful of empty bottles. Instead of tossing them, get creative and make your next weekend project a DIY chandelier.

How to Make a Chandelier From Wine Bottles

Use upcycled wine bottles to create inexpensive lighting for a wine cellar, kitchen, bar or dining room.

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