Raise your glass! It’s National Drink Wine Day

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NEW YORK -- Thursday is national drink wine day -- where you're encouraged to -- you guessed it -- have some delicious vino.

According to nationaldrinkwineday.org -- the idea is to promote the love and health benefits of the drink.

Fermented grapes have been part of human existence for thousands of years.

According to Guinness World Records -- a sweet dessert wine from Cyprus is the oldest manufactured wine in the world -- with its origins dating back as far as 2000 B.C.

Red wine in particular has long been thought to have heart benefits.

The mayo clinic says red wine contains antioxidants that may prevent heart disease when enjoyed in moderation of course.

This because researchers believe antioxidants increase levels of so-called "good" cholesterol that protect against artery damage.

And government scientists have found light to moderate consumption could also fight the onset of dementia.

So if a glass of fruity vino is your thing -- enjoy!