by Paullette Gaudet

Strawberry Rhubarb wine day_blogWhat is the very best way to spend the third Saturday of each July? By celebrating National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day with a crisp, cold glass of the same, of course! This date was designated by the registrar of the National Day Calendar as the Official Best Time to celebrate and savor the fruity smoothness of chilled strawberry rhubarb wine during the warm zenith of summer. The astute will note that the notoriously tart rhubarb is actually a vegetable, but a 1947 New York court decision pronounced rhubarb a fruit for “the purposes of regulations and duties,” since it was indeed used as a fruit in the United States. Rhubarb is often paired with strawberry to balance its sharpness and create the uniquely sweet-tart berry flavor that launched a billion forkfuls of holiday pie. This flavor combination works just as well for a chilled summer wine by giving bite and sass to each demi-sweet glass.

Incidentally…the third Saturday of July is also Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day, created by author and motivational speaker Martha J. Ross-Rodgers. The intention? To let go of the past and live for the present. The means? Writing down your “could haves” and “should haves,” then throwing them away. Is there a better way to face the future this summer than with a clean slate and raised glass of Strawberry Rhubarb Wine?? Well, maybe by adding a slice of that strawberry-rhubarb pie mentioned earlier…