As if we all needed an excuse to drink wine, today is National Wine Day.
Some metro Atlanta stores and restaurants are offering deals to commemorate the "holiday," so it's a great chance to treat yourself to a favorite or try something new.
Especially since it's the start of a long weekend, you can also venture out a bit to take a tour and enjoy a tasting at a nearby Georgia winery.
Check out the following ways to raise a glass in celebration of National Wine Day:
Whole Foods – Whole Foods locations nationwide are offering 20 percent off every bottle of rosé wine in stores on May 25.
Vino Venue – Take advantage of specials on May 25 at the wine school and restaurant in Dunwoody, including Member for a Day pricing on all retail bottle wine, and if you join the Wine Club, you'll keep the fun flowing with a free seat at the Discover Napa Valley Wine & Food Festival in October.
Total Wine & More – Learn about perfect wine and cheese pairings at The Perimeter Square Center store location on May 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person.
Afro-Caribbean Wine Fest – To extend the fun into the weekend, visit the Afro-Caribbean Wine Fest on 3-8 p.m.May 27. All ages are welcome to celebrate African-Caribbean music, food and culture at the Garden Outdoor Event Center, 5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on the lawn. Paid admission is $20-$25 and includes a wine tasting, souvenir glass, live entertainment and food.
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort – Music, entertainment and wine-related events will be held throughout the long weekend, starting with a public winery tour starting at 2:30 p.m. on May 25. Tastings will also be held anytime during wine market hours, allowing you to enjoy your choice of three options consisting of seven tastings each for $25 per person plus tax. A wine and art class will also be held at 7 p.m. at a cost of $60 per person.
Ray's at Killer Creek – This special is offered every Friday and Sunday, but what better time to take advantage of it than on this wine holiday? Bottles priced at $120 and under (excluding reserve selections) are half off.
Dahlonega's tasting rooms – If you'd like to venture to Dahlonega today or throughout the long weekend, you'll have your choice of seven tasting rooms to try within the downtown historic district:
- Accent Cellars – This venue combines farm-to-table dining with a vineyard and art studio. Buy a bottle of wine and a house cheese plate for a relaxed picnic on the grounds.
- Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery – The winery is styled after an old-fashioned barn, and the barn's "loft" houses its tasting room and a spacious deck.
- Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery – Dahlonega's first family farm winery has a friendly atmosphere and a spectacular view of Lumpkin County's Three Sisters Mountain.
- Kaya Vineyard and Winery – Check out the stunning panoramic views from the winery and tasting room, which were built on a ridge that's 1,600 feet above elevation.
- Frogtown Cellars – The winery's wine tasting facility is loaded with porches and decks, and 22 different varieties of wine grapes are planted at the vineyards.
- Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery – Wolf Mountain has a huge winery, restaurant and tasting room. The emphasis is on European-inspired wines, which are aged in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels.
- Montaluce Winery & Restaurant – The winery building has sweeping views of the vineyards, and the restaurant has a romantic Tuscan feel. Wine hikes through the property are also available.
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