National Red Wine Day | August 28
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On August 28th, National Red Wine Day ushers in the flavors of fall. As the grapes ripen and signal a time for warmer sips, wine drinkers know reds mean tailgating and spicy foods.


Throughout the year, wine days afford us the opportunity to taste and learn about the differences between wines. Earlier this month National Prosecco Day gave us the last bubbly rays of summer. Now we savor the best of the season with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir, Port, and Syrah.

When is National Wine Day?

Red wine varietals produce deep ruby reds as well as subtle ambers and browns. Their beautiful colors hint at the coming change in the season. With that, we can look for delicious menu changes, too. Besides, what better way to enjoy a great bottle of wine than by pairing it with excellent company and food. Restaurants around the country will be happy to oblige throughout the celebration. Be sure to check out the latest menus from appetizers to desserts.

Don’t fear the red, either. Even if you prefer a sweeter wine, there’s a red for you. Also, blends offer a way to enjoy the best of both wine worlds. And don’t fret. Red, red wine pairs well with salad, steak, dessert and so much more.

If you’re hesitant, attend a wine tasting. There you will learn more each time and find the wine that fits not only your palate but your cooking style, too.


Pour a glass or two of delicious red wine. Not sure what kind to try? Ask a sommelier and enjoy a wine tasting with friends. Use #NationalRedWineDay to share your favorites.

There are more ways to celebrate wine, too! Don’t miss these 9 Wine Celebrations and you’ll be the life of the party. We also provide you with available offers. Check out the Celebration Deals page for more info.


In 2014, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway created National Red Wine Day. 

Red Wine FAQ

Q. How many calories in a glass of red wine?
A. One 5 ounce serving of red wine contains 125 calories.

Q. Is a rosé wine a red wine?
A. Red grapes are used to make rosé wines. When making red wines, the skins remain in contact with the pulp and juice long enough to produce red wine. The production of rosé is similar. The juice and pulp remain in contact with the skins for a lesser amount of time giving the wine its rosy color.

Q. What are the names of some red wines?
A. Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Bordeaux, Chianti, and Rioja are just a few red wines from around the world.


August 28th Celebrated History


The English Astronomer, William Herschel discovers a new moon orbiting Saturn. The moon is called Enceladus, today.


The first commercial vineyard is planted by John James Dufour in Jessamine County, Kentucky.


Challenging pronunciation around the world while adding flavor to marinades and sauces, pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins create Worcester Sauce.


Rufus Porter publishes the first issue of Scientific American. Today, it’s the oldest continuously published periodical in the United States.


One of the first photographs of a tornado is taken near Howard, South Dakota.


Pharmacist Caleb Bradham changes the name of the carbonated soda he invented from Brad’s Drink to Pepsi-Cola.


In one of several escape performances he promoted in August, Harry Houdini escapes from a nailed cate submerged in water at Aquatic Park near Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco. His arms and legs were chained with handcuffs and leg irons.


James E. Casey establishes the American Messenger Company. As the business expanded, the name was changed to United Parcel Service.


During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King Jr makes his “I Have A Dream” speech. The speech is one of the most quoted and most famous speeches in the world.


Dr. Peter Buck and college student Fred Deluca open the first Subway sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


The musical group the Jackson 5 releases the single “I’ll Be There” featuring the vocal talents of a young Michael Jackson.


The movies Honeymoon in Vegas, Clear Cut, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Pet Sematary Two are released.


Danian Landscape & Garden completes the longest wooden walkway in the world.


Willamette University hosts the largest game of Red Light/Green Light. The 1,203 participants broke the university’s previous record from 2013.


Returning the Favor, the social media streaming show hosted by Mike Rowe, premiers.

August 28th Celebrated Birthdays

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton – 1774

Together with two other women, Seton established the first free Catholic school in the United States. She was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1975. Seton Hall University is named in her honor.

Lucy Ware Webb Hayes – 1831

The 20th First Lady of the United States was quite loved by the country.

Louis Le Prince – 1841

In 1888, the inventor and innovator recorded what most in the industry believe to be the first moving images on film.

George Whipple – 1878

Whipple’s research into treatments for pernicious anemia and the liver led to a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Roger Tory Peterson – 1908

The artist and naturalist published Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds ushering in a new phase to the environmental movement.

Tasha Tudor – 1915

The illustrator and author of children’s books as The Christmas Cat and A Time to Keep.

Jack Kirby – 1917

The immense talent of comic book author Jack Kirby inspired several Marvel films.

Janet Frame – 1924

Author of the novel Owls Do Cry, Janet Frame became one of New Zealand’s beloved authors.

Scott Hamilton – 1958

The American figure skater won gold in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic Games.

Shania Twain – 1965

The country music artist had a string of hits, several that crossed over to the pop charts. Her popular ballad “From This Moment On” and the anthem “Any Man of Mine” kept listeners coming back for more.

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