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Wine makers, wine drinkers celebrate National Drink Wine Day

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On Thursday, wine enthusiasts put up their glasses to cheers National Drink Wine Day. (WFSB) On Thursday, wine enthusiasts put up their glasses to cheers National Drink Wine Day. (WFSB)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Whether it’s a Bordeaux, a Zinfandel, or a Pino…get ready to pour a glass of wine to celebrate National Drink Wine Day.

The day was started to celebrate and spread the love of wine, but the beverage also offers many health benefits.

On Thursday, wine enthusiasts put up their glasses to cheers the day, and what better place to do it then at a local winery.

“We had a lot of people calling to see if we are open today because they know it's National Wine Day so they're bringing up their food, snacks, sandwiches, some people have taken off of work,” said Dawn Lopes, who serves wine at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford.

Eyewitness News got a look at the wine-making process at Gouveia Vineyards on Thursday, where experts said right now is the aging process.

The white wine ages from just a few months to six months, and the red ages up to a year-and-a-half, producing about 90,000 bottles of wine per year.

“People think that wine making is a prestigious title but it's actually very hands-on. You get dirty. You go out in the field, you're checking the grapes. It's muddy out there sometimes,” said Maryann Houde, who is a wine maker.

There are a lot of varieties of wine flavors, from light to sweet to bold, and there are health benefits.

“Men and women who drink a light to moderate amount of alcohol have an 18 percent decrease in their cardiovascular death rates, and certain types of stroke,” said Dr. Cynthia Heller, of the Hartford Healthcare Medical Group.

Doctors suggest having one glass of red wine with dinner.

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