This time of year 12 is the magic number. December is the 12th month on the calendar. December 12 is the day you start to panic if you haven’t begun your Christmas shopping yet. And, oh dear, what do you buy your 12-year-old niece?
But more importantly, there are 12 bottles of wine in a case.
As has become our own annual tradition, we looked to the classic carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” while filling up our boxes with holiday cheer (read: wine). These bottles have you covered whether you’re making cherished memories with loved ones, or looking for a last minute gift.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
This wine’s label features a mosaicked bird delicately perched on the branch of a fruit tree. Meanwhile, the warm Mediterranean flavors of this white will energize you in preparation for the winter holiday.
Two Turtle Doves
Two “doves” come in for a landing on the label of this luscious, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The artist behind the label, Lynda Lowe, creates pieces with the hope of inspiring a moment of reflection. Sip this wine while you take a break from holiday stress and remember what the season of giving is truly about.
Three French Hens
Giving Champagne a run for its money, we’re turning to England fizz for our “French Hen.” This mouthwatering, lemon sherbet-flavored sparkler’s exuberance is perfect to sip while opening gifts on Christmas morning.
Four Calling Birds
Crack this Pinot open when you need a help keeping a sunny view yourself, because your youngest cousin just declared to the entire family at dinner that he’s moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a Taylor Swift backup dancer. [Ed note: We can verify that this is not an embellishment, but actually based on a recent and very uncomfortable family dinner of the author’s.]
Five Gold Rings
This decadent and golden sweet wine is the epitome of luxurious. Trade in your five golden rings this year for five puttonyos—the unit of measuring sugar levels in Tokaji—with this delightfully sweet end to your Christmas dinner. Editors’ Choice.
Six Geese a-Laying
When you don’t have a golden goose to rely on for last minute gifts, this wine will come to your rescue. Affordable and delicious, this isn’t your basic citrus-and-grass Sauvignon Blanc either. Weighty nut and ginger flavors make this a seasonally appropriate alternative to your average summer sipper.
Seven Swans a-Swimming
If being surrounded by endlessly energetic nieces and nephews has you singing a swan song, turn to this Chardonnay for relief. If you’re not too exhausted from the little ones already, the tart acidity, pear and quince flavors may coax out your own playful side.
Eight Maids a-Milking
Everyone knows that Jersey cows are the best dairy cows (looking at you Holsteins). Those maids must know what they’re doing. Give it a chance, and this dark and elegant Syrah’s warm gingerbread aromas will leave you feeling cozier than a warm glass of milk at bedtime.
Nine Ladies Dancing
When it’s time to let loose take your cue from the woman in the red dress emphatically twirling on this wine’s label. Showing the sophisticated side of pure fruit expression, this Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect bottle to bring to your office party.
Ten Lords a-Leaping
Make a splash when leaping from one holiday party to the next. This party-perfect California Sauvignon Blanc is not just delicious, it’s an insanely good deal. Consider it your go-to option for when you’ve been a little too generous in the gift giving department. Best Buy.
Eleven Pipers Piping
This year, let the pipers have their pipes, and pick up your own flute…of Fluteau. A delicious vintage Champagne, it is rich and creamy and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Beyond just being an aperitif, this wine will also carry you straight through dinner. Editors’ Choice.
Twelve Drummers Drumming
When it’s time to party, pump up the bass and breakout the Rockin’ Riesling. This fruity and approachable Riesling, at only 9.5% abv, will be able to carry you from dessert to late-night.