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As Michael Bublé is defrosting and emerging from his hibernation cave to bring us his Holly Jolly soundtrack, and Mariah Carey is climbing the charts, we're officially in the holiday spirit—well before December. Even though that might sound overwhelming (shut up!), it's time to start thinking about Black Friday sales, party planning, and frantic gift-shopping. But there’s one holiday tradition we highly recommend for us adults, and that is partaking in the ever-amazing wine advent calendars, for sipping your way through December.
It's a fun way to try new bottles, and they make for great gifts, too. (Especially for the hardest-to-shop for on your list.) We rounded up the best ones worth buying for yourself or others. These best advent calendars will surprise you with a new kind of delectable wine each night, so you can look forward to raising a glass every day of the week. We're talking reds, whites, rosés, sparkling bruts, etc. So, check out these 10 bestsellers that you can enjoy or gift to your sommelier friends and wine connoisseur relatives.
Most Wonderful Wine Advent Calendar
Total Wine has a great selection of gift sets, including this affordable little advent calendar. Spoil yourself with 24 unique 187 ml bottles. It's the holiday season, so the reds are the standout here, but don't sleep on a crisp white or rosé just because the weather is getting cooler.
12 Days of Canned Wine Advent Calendar
This calendar is small, but mighty and worth every penny. Each opening reveals a can of red, white, rose, and the best sparkling wines that are produced by female and minority lead wineries. The genius compact packaging is playful, yet functional for those who love the simple things in life.
24 Nights of Wine
If you have yet to try anything from Vine Box now, here's your chance to change that. The set features 24 sleek crafted glass tubes carrying top-shelf wine. Yes, this makes for a great gift, but we're obviously supporting buying this for yourself, too.
Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar
For those that want a bubbly-only Advent calendar, it's surprisingly tough to find. Even though Give Them Beer (what a name) doesn't have a ton of competition, it still gives you a great suite of sparkling selections.
12 Bottle Wine Advent Calendar, Red
You pair wine with what you eat, not what season it is. That said, Red feels like a more late-year holiday choice. The temperature is dropping, and you're eating heavier holiday foods. See what we mean? So for a red-only box, we really like this one on QVC from Vintage Wine Estates. Enjoy six different wines in 12 half bottles. If you really like the reds, go for a full 24 with the whites.
Snowman Sweater Wine Advent Calendar 24 Pack
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to buy someone a Christmas gift, but you have no idea how to shop for them? Sip and Savor’s Snowman Sweater Wine Advent Calendar is the perfect gift for that difficult gift recipient. This box contains a variety of wines from sweet to dry. This calendar will have them satisfied through the entire month of December.
Wine Advent Calendar
If you find daily countdowns starting in the middle of the month difficult (weird, but fair), try this 24-day advent calendar for you to cheers from December 1 through December 24. These 24 mini bottles are for the somms who want to explore their way to Christmas by uncorking and treating themselves to a glass a day, with a range of rosé, blanc, syrah, Bordeaux, riesling, and more.
Red, Rosé, and Brut Mixed Pack
While this isn't technically an advent calendar, the mini bottles in Usual Wines' pack are too exquisite to not be included. And if you loathe wines that taste like sugar soda, consider this mixed pack of red, rosé, and brut. Naturally made from the best Californian grapes without any artificial process—because there’s no need—these 12 (or 24) bottles of wine ensure your holiday celebration is very real.
Wine Advent Calendar
This traditional advent cal has 12 secret doors to reveal 12 hidden goods. There are no tiny glassful bottles in this one; instead, it features chock-full half-bottles of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, rosé, and other varietals from famous vineyards around the world.
Studio29ElevenDesign Advent Calendar
Want to DIY it? There's plenty of small-time shops making wood Advent calendars. We love this one because it gives you a full 25 days. This one, and most others, are made for 1/4 wine bottles.
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