As the holiday season (or at least the holiday shopping season) sets in, nostalgia fills our heads with images of opening the doors of an Advent calendar to reveal surprise treats as we count down the days.
But instead of bad chocolate, these calendars are full of wine.
Traditional Advent models feature 24 selections to last you from December 1st through 24th, but don’t count out the 12 Days of Christmas-themed options—you could always order two to sip all through the month.
Our only warning? Don’t delay as these wine Advent calendars sell out fast.
1. For the Person Who Loves to Share
Wine Advent Calendar
Yes, suds purveyor Give Them Beer offers wine, too. And if you’re looking for a wine advent calendar you can share, look no further. The 2022 Give Them Beer option features 12 half bottles (375 ml.) that will keep you and a companion toasting through the holiday season.
The bottles come from wineries around the world such as Mondavi, Rocca Delle Macie and more.
Pop open a door and deck the halls with wine.
2. For the Red Wine Lover
Red Wine Advent Calendar
Love a wine Advent calendar, but only drink red? Give Them Beer has you covered. This elegant option includes 12 half bottles (375 ml.) of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and more. The company hasn’t released which vineyards will be represented, but it did throw a hint that Francis Coppola, Josh and J. Lohr are a few we can expect.
3. For the Adventurous Drinker
Wine Advent Calendar
This vintage-inspired box harkens back to childhood Advent calendars with its pop-out windows, which reveal 24 mini bottles (187 ml.). Each selection is a different globally-sourced wine ranging from Sauvignon Blanc to Pinotage.
Along with festive bottles, In Good Taste is offering a daily video and email about the wines to help you gain a deeper understanding of what you’re sipping.
4. For the Ugly Sweater Enthusiast
Holiday Sweater Wine Advent Calendar
Is it really the holidays without ugly sweaters? Sip & Savor pays homage to those brightly colored knit wonders with its 12 or 24 days of Christmas wine Advent calendars.
Behind each ugly sweater is a different 187 ml. bottle of California wine.
5. For the Sparkling Wine Lover
Vintner's Choice 12 Days of Bubbles Advent Calendar
Harry & David’s 12 days of Bubbles Advent Calendar features festively decorated drawers that hold mini bottles (187 ml) of Barefoot Bubbly, including three brut cuvées, three brut rosès, three Moscato spumantes and three pink Moscatos. Needless to say, this is an excellent gift for those who like a glass of bubbly.
The winter wonderland scene depicted on the box matches the celebratory treats inside the doors. And as an added bonus: Harry & David also offers chocolate, cheese and fruit baskets to make the perfect holiday pairing.
6. For the Worldly Wine Drinker
12 Nights of Wine
This elegant selection comes in 3.3-ounce tubes of wine. The selections are curated by certified sommeliers, and include whites, reds, and rosés from Spain, France and beyond. You only get 12, though, so you may want to order a couple to get you through December.
7. For the Canned Wine Lover
Canned Wine Advent Calendar
Inside each calendar box are 12 cans of unique wines from award-winning, small producers.
The selections feature red, white, rosé and sparkling wines. Each can features a whimsical design that pays homage to the maker along with a short description of the wine and its backstory. Best of all, each option is from a woman-, or minority-led winery. And you get an optional holiday card to include, what’s more festive than that?
8. For the Lover of Classics
Aldi's Wine Advent Calendar
Much credit is given to Aldi as the original wine Advent calendar purveyor. The grocery chain brought the concept over from the UK, and they’ve since established a cult stateside following. This one features a selection of 24 mini bottles of wine (187 ml) normally found on Aldi’s shelves.
Aldi is being tightlipped about when exactly these calendars will drop, so keep your eyes peeled.
And pick up a cheese one while you’re at it, to have a nightly pairing.