Wine advent calendar: Now that's some Christmas spirit!

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courtesy New District

Advent calendars can be a fun and sweet way for the family to count down to the arrival of jolly old Saint Nick, but grown ups may want to similarly mark the month–only instead of a little toy or chocolate, what’s behind each numbered door is a bottle of wine.

Wine lovers: Your holiday prayers have been answered. A Vancouver-based wine start-up biz called New District has a wine advent calendar available this year featuring 25 full bottles of beautiful B.C. wine. That’s a bottle a day. And you get to pull them out of their slot one by one and unwrap them, plucking each carefully swaddled bottle from its manger-like cradle. Pure Christmas!

Now, just because there’s a new bottle each day doesn’t mean you have to drink it then and there (though, of course, you’re free to do so). 25 bottles of wine in the month may be ideal for collectors, party-goers, or anyone who likes to think big.

The price tag is $850, shipping included. When you do the math, that’s an average of $34 per bottle, which is on par with many of the high-quality labels New District sells. Wineries include La Stella, Rustic Roots, Nichol Vineyard, Unsworth, Stag’s Hollow, Le Vieux Pin, and more.

“Every year, thousands of people flock to the Okanagan to experience the magic of BC wine first hand. We want to give everyone that opportunity. Plus it’s a great way to sample a wide variety of local wine this holiday season. There’s something for every taste,” said New District’s founder and CEO, Elin Tayyar.

Another festive, but smaller-scale offering from New District this time of year is holiday six packs (and you can always make your own advent event by picking up 19 bottles elsewhere, some wrapping, and a marker–hey, it’s an option).

New District says that orders placed by November 26 will arrive by December 1. And then you get to open one! Wheee!

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