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National Wine Day: Here's how to get the deals and raise a glass in Atlanta 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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