Three Tips for Making a Wine-Calendar

I think I write about this same topic every year; I rave about the awesomeness of having a wine calendar for Christmas. I think it was three years ago that I got one from M, and I still remember it vividly: 24 boxes, stacked in four rows of six, waiting for me on top of the wine fridge on the first day of December. I will never forget it because it was so awesome.  So if you truly love someone who truly loves wine – trust me, this is the best way to show your affection.

How to make a wine-calendar is a bit tricky: You need 24 bottles of preferably interesting wines, they need to be wrapped and stacked, and the budget is of course quite much higher than what you would spend on your average chocolate-calendar. For my calendar, M had been gathering bottles for several months from his travels around Europe, and he hid them with all our other wines in the living room (right in front of my eyes). A lot of work, yes. But no fear, here are a few tips on how to make it happen.

Tip #1: Order wines on the internet and have them delivered

The easiest way to find 24 interesting bottles and get them home is perhaps to buy them online. You can ever order from a few different places, but you skip the hassle of carrying bottles from the store. If you are not sure about what to buy for a winelover, you can go for a suggested box. Many online wine shops have them. Winefinder for example has a nice, high quality, nature wine collection with six different bottles that are carefully selected. I also like Gastons webshop where you can pick and mix the wines selected for their bar. In Europe, you can order wines from any webshop in the union and have the wines delivered under the principle of free movements of goods. In some countries this is easier than others, so make sure to check with your local customs house.

Tip #2: Compliment the calendar with beer, cider or some small wine accessories

Buying 24 bottles of wine can be a bit pricey, even if you stick to the lower price ranges. You can tighten the budget, as well as make the journey more interesting by adding variety with other, maybe cheaper drinks and small wine accessories. There is a high range of micro-brewery beers and ciders (musts) that can excite someone who is interested in tastes, and the cost is a fourth or fifth of a wine bottle; Why not top the calendar up with some coffee, tea or chocolates? And I also like some nice wine accessories, like stoppers, glass markers etc. I don’t think you will get away with the cost of a chocolate-calendar, but a wine-calendar does not have to be expensive.

Tip #3: Package the wines in wine boxes or wrap them in silk-paper

When you have bought the wines (and accessories), you of course need to make them into a calendar. Using simple wine boxes is quite practical; easy to pack and easy stack. Another nice-looking solution is to wrap the wines in some silky paper. This creates a bit less waste than the wine boxes. Although, I saved my calendar-boxes and used them later for gifts. A third and the most digital option is to have a Christmas calendar app or website. Every day you can go and click a link that will reveal a picture of what you have received. This way you can hide the bottles for example in the cellar.

There you go: three tips for building your own wine-calendar for someone you love (or for yourself).

Making December great again,

xx Soile

Recommendations for the calendar from Systembolaget

Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus Champagne, 449kr, temporary assortment

El Miracle Cava Brut, 75kr, standard assortment

Greywacke Chardonnay, 229kr, temporary assortment 

Stockholms Bränneri Gin, 292kr, only available at the Systembolaget branches on Södermalm

How about some gin?
Greywacke Chardonnay from Marlborough New Zealand

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