Forget the old adage ‘it’s five o’clock somewhere’; the Christmas season is all the excuse you need to tickle your tastebuds with the tipple of your choice at any hour of the day - responsibly, of course.
Advent season is fast approaching and with it comes an new wave of calendars for adults that are changing up the tradition with very merry results. The chocolate version that you know and love is only just the beginning.
You can find an advent calendar for just about every one of your interests - whether it’s in the bedroom (adult toys), in the bathroom (beauty) or in the bar (booze).
When it comes to the latter, the options are plentiful. If beer is your drink of choice, there’s a hop-filled advent to suit, while if whisky rocks your world, there’s advents brimming with drams, but if it’s vodka, gin or rum - well, you get the point.
If you want to countdown to Christmas by popping bottles, let us introduce you to the ever-growing selection of wine advent calendars, offering everything from red and white, to rose and fizz.
Whether you prefer your vino demi-sec or full-bodied, oenophiles are in for a treat as there are grape varieties for every palate with big name producers as well as lesser known labels to sample at your leisure and find your new signature drink.
You will also find special varieties of champagne, cava, prosecco or sparkling wine to toast to the most wonderful time of the year.
Shop the best below
Freixenet 12 Day Advent Calendar
Start the Christmas season as you mean to go on - with a bottle of fizz in your hand at all times.
This calendar from Freixenet offers 12 days of bubbles that you can enjoy or share among your family and friends to toast and be merry.
Among the offering, there are 20cl minis of Prosecco, Sparkling Italian Rosé, Cordon Negro Brut Cava and Cordon Rosado Cava in a reusable calendar that you can then refill or keep jewellery or makeup inside.
Buy now £75.00, NOTHS
Virgin Wines advent calendar
Wine subscription service Virgin Wines has not just one calendar, not just two calendars but three variations of advents dedicated to red, white or for those who dabble in both.
The Mixed Wine advent is one of the best-selling on the market and is packed with 24 mini bottles of reds, whites, rosé and sparkling that have been curated by the brand’s experts - each of which is a single serving. On Christmas Day, there is a full-sized to be enjoyed alongside your roast and is worth £19.99 alone.
With a nod to the planet, the brand has reduced its calendar’s packaging by 30 per cent this year. Plus it will make a beautiful addition to your festive decorations with the wreath design.
Reserve now for £10.
Buy now £89.99, Virgin Wines
Laithwaites Advent calendar
Behind each of the windows of the Laithwaites advent calendar is a quarter of a bottle of wine just waiting to be sipped on. The calendar with its wintery scene plays host to grape varieties from around the world.
The online wine retailer has collected the beloved varieties on its site and hidden them within with a mixture of red and white. There’s also half a bottle of champagne to be popped on Christmas Eve to truly get the celebrations going.
Reserve now for £10.
Buy now £59.99, Laithwaites
Wine Down To Christmas Advent Calendar
You’ll need to clear some room for this advent calendar, but if you’re serious about wine, that will be no trouble. Behind each of the 24 windows sits a 187ml - 200ml bottle of world class red, white or rose wine, enough for a glassful with which to close the day. Pre-order is open now for delivery from October.
Buy now £99.95, NOTHS
John Lewis Wine Advent Calendar, 24x 187ml
The pretty winter woodland scene that covers the front of this hefty box is almost mesmerising enough to distract you from the contents - but not quite. Hidden behind the festive facade sits 24 x 187ml bottles of red and white wine, ready to enjoy at leisure every evening until Christmas Day. Think of it as your own personal Christmas wine cellar.
Buy now £85.00, John Lewis
Prosecco O Clock Advent Countdown Calendar
It’s officially prosecco o’clock and let the celebrating begin with a mini bottle of the celebratory fizz every day for 12 in the lead up to Christmas. The satisfying selection includes bottles from the likes of Bottega, Freixenet, and Mionetto. The clock can be refilled the following year.
Available from October.
Buy now £114.95, NOTHS
Tipsy Tree Alcohol Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas in the best way with this refillable tree advent calendar. The free-standing wooden tree will fit seamlessly with your seasonal décor and can become the focal point for your presents if a real tree is not feasible or space-efficient.
It comes alongside a box filled with mini 20cl bottles of fizz for you to pop in the numbered holes in the order of your choice. The selection includes the likes of Bottega, Accademia Moscato Spumante and Laurent Perrier Brut for the big day. Re-use the tree for next year.
Buy now £189.95, NOTHS
Brixton Wine Club canned wine advent calendar
After the popularity of its first edition, the Brixton Wine Club advent calendar is back and filled with vino in can form that has been expertly curated by the brand’s founder.
There are 24 cans inside that is the equivalent to eight bottles of wine and includes a mixture of red, white, rose, sparkling wines and even a couple of cocktails to tickle your taste buds.
Pre-order from mid-October for delivery in mid-November.
Buy now £125.00, Brixton Wine Club
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
Don’t underestimate the wine offering at Aldi. The budget supermarket has won a whole host of blind taste tests going up against far more expensive iterations of the tipples and have come out swinging.
Get in on the advent action with this wine-filled calendar that contains a combination of sparkling wines, roses and reds sure to tickle your taste buds whether you prefer a fruity or drier vino.
Available October 30
Buy now £59.99, Aldi