February 18, 2014: Today is National Battery Day, marking the 1745 birthday of Alessandro Volta. (Weirdly enough, another “volta” — John Travolta — was born on this same day in 1954.) Today is also National Drink Wine Day, for … no particular reason that I can discover. Oh well, really, any day is a good day to celebrate by drinking wine. Unless you don’t like wine, which was my opinion until about a year ago, when I learned that all red wines don’t taste like Merlot, and all white wines don’t taste like Chardonnay. Weird how you can learn to like wine when you drink things other than tannic, bitter wine.