This wine advent calendar will help you win the holidays

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Seriously, is there a better way to count down the days until Christmas morning than with a wine advent calendar?

Launched in 2015, Vancouver-based online wine retailer New District is bringing back their wildly successful 24-bottle Wine Advent Calendar for 2017, and it’s packed with some exciting sippers this season.

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Although other wine makers and retailers have since come out with their own riff on the Wine Advent Calendar, New District’s thoughtfully-curated collection of special bottles is the real local innovator.

Holding 24 hand-wrapped full-sized “mystery” bottles of wine selected by New District’s esteemed Director of Wine, DJ Kearney, the Wine Advent Calendar comes in your choice of packaging (either four flat pack recyclable cardboard boxes or in wooden crates), and is delivered right to your doorstep–or the home or office of your very, very lucky recipient–in the white-gloved hands of their concierge-style delivery person.

It’s on you to either take it slow and go one bottle at a time, or if you want to make more of festive event of tackling a few at a time. Another option is to go sharesies on the splurge and divvy up the bottles between your fellow wine lovers, because, let’s face it, this is spendy.

Speaking of wine lovers, Kearney tells Vancouver Is Awesome via phone that this year’s Advent Calendar is even more exciting than its predecessors.

“I’ve had so much fun for the last months choosing 24 inspirational wines from around the world,” says Kearney. The expert sommelier and wine educator hints that you’ll find wines that range in style from “juicy, reviving” reds for unwinding after a day of braving the mall crowds to “powerful aged wines” ideal for being the showstopper at a holiday feast.

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In fact, Kearney says she was really inspired by all the things people tend to do during December, from decorating the Christmas tree to hiding out in cozy sweaters in front of the fire.

It’s all about “enjoying wine and all the relaxation it can bring,” adds Kearney.

While of course Kearney can’t spoil the surprise of what the wines are, she hints that this year’s Advent Calendar includes “wines that are hard to find,” some from “exciting never heard of regions,” and a few “eye-popping surprises.”

“We’ve just made everything better and better,” says Kearney of New District’s 2017 offering.

If 24 bottles is too much, you can opt to order a smaller “12 Days” version, featuring a dozen different wines from the big Advent Calendar.

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New District’s DJ Kearney is ready for the holidays (Photo courtesy New District)

And if you happen to fall in love with a particular bottle from either set, Kearney notes that about 80% of the wines will be stocked by New District for repeat orders. Or you can use their live online chat feature to get recommendations based on what you love to drink, or visit their storefront to talk wine in person.

The New District Wine Advent Calendar is available for order starting Thursday, October 26 and will ship mid-November in time for you to open the December 1 bottle. The 24-bottle costs $999 (box packed) or $1099 (crate packed) and the 12-bottle costs $499 (box packed) or $549 (crate packed).

Orders placed before November 20 are guaranteed delivery by December 1.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom