If you're feeling intently as if you need a glass of wine to get through the news cycle, even if you've just woken up, you will rejoice at the news that it's National Drink Wine Day on February 18. Whether you celebrate by grabbing a nice Bordeaux or by pulling an I Love Lucy and stepping maniacally on a tub of grapes, it's the day to celebrate this most ancient of beverages, which can be dated back to pre-pharaonic Egypt and likely earlier: evidence of grape-based wine-making has been found from around 4100 BC in Armenia.
A lot of human history has been centered around the making and imbibing of wine, from religion to ritual to plain old drunkenness, but various cultures have managed to add some bizarre chapters to the history of wine. Wine enemas, anybody?
Modern wine continues to produce its own legends; the famous fraud of trader Rudy Kurniawan in the 2010s, in which he operated a complex scam selling off poor wines disguised as high-end vintages and netted himself millions, is now wine folklore and the subject of a documentary (and it'd likely make an excellent film for wine buffs). Whether you're the swill-and-sniff or the grab-and-glug type, though, there's something in wine history for everybody, from the disgusting to the, well, slightly less disgusting.