Sip & Savor Holiday Sweater Wine Advent Calendar Review
Sip and Savor Holiday Sweater Wine Advent Calendar is a wine advent calendar that has 12 mini bottles of wine inside for you to open 12 nights in a row! This wine calendar is a great way to celebrate the evenings building up to the holidays and try out some really tasty wine.
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About this Wine Advent Calendar
The Cost: $49.99
The Products: Twelve 187 mL bottles of wine in a festive box that doubles as an advent calendar.
Ships to: This product ships to the following states: AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, MI, NY, OH, PA, and TX.
Sip & Savor Holiday Sweater Wine Advent Calendar Review
When I was asked to review a wine advent calendar, you know I was tripping all over myself to say yes, yes, yes! This is such an upgrade to the advent calendars of my childhood that had a dinky piece of chocolate. This calendar comes in both a 12 and 24 bottle box and has twelve different varieties of wine to enjoy.
Look at how cute! The box features holiday sweaters and perforated circles on each that you can pop out to reveal your evening wine surprise.
Though this is a calendar, you can also open the whole thing up at once to share with friends or just take your pick of which wine you want first. Each glass bottle is carefully packaged with bubble wrap to keep them safe during shipping and lined up in place for the circle “doors”.
Let’s check out the wine!
2019 Pinot Grigio, Lodi, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Floral, softly fruity, and a little earthy.
I don’t have a lot of experience with Pinot Grigio, but I did like this wine. Something about the bright and warm fruits mixed with the crisp earthy minerals works really well and makes for a very tasty sipper.
2019 Sweet Reisling, California, 187 mL
Notes: Peach rings, lemons, sunshine, and florals!
I am always here for a nice cold Reisling and this bright and sweet wine was delightful and way too easy to drink. Chill this one before enjoying it solo or add in some frozen fruit to get a little fancy!
2019 Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Ripe peaches, minerals, and a hint of spice.
This is almost a little sweet but not so much that someone out there who prefers super dry wines wouldn’t enjoy it. It also has a nice little acidic bite on the back of the throat.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, California, 187 mL
Notes: Tart apples, green leaves, citrus, and just a little sweetness.
This wine was tangy! The ending was quite acidic but really enjoyable. Of all the wines in this box, this one felt the most tropical to me because the fruits were bright and wild.
2019 Rosé, California, 187 mL
Notes: Strawberries, citrus, peaches, and roses.
This is a really delightful rosé. The first thing I noticed was the strong aroma of rose petals and lemon peel. I know rosé is super trendy, but I can’t help but love how optimistic this wine always seems. I could drink this year-round!
2018 Merlot, Lodi, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Moody dark fruits with holiday spices and vanilla.
This is the sort of wine I would drink with a steak dinner. It’s bold, very red, dry, and has an earthy quality that makes it taste complex.
2019 Zinfandel, Lodi, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Big and bold. Exploding with red and purple berries and spice notes.
This is the type of red that can get me into trouble. It is SO smooth and so easy to drink. I ended up warming this wine up a little and floating a cinnamon stick and orange slice in it and, well, I slept really well that night.
2019 Pinot Noir, Central Coast, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Spicy and earthy with red fruits.
Pinot Noirs always feel wintery to me, I think it’s because of the moody fruitiness mixed with earthy notes and peppery spices. This is another medium-bodied wine that would be great with red meat, maybe in the form of a hearty (but sophisticated) winter stew.
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Berries, cherries, peppery notes, dark chocolate!
This is my favorite red. I love Cabernet! The full-body of this red and the low acidity make it so pleasant to drink. It’s the perfect blend of fruity and savory notes and I can’t get enough.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Lodi, CA, 187 mL
Notes: Cherries, vanilla, earth, and currants.
When it comes to Cabernet, I usually like to enjoy it as-is and not blended with other varietals. I will admit that I liked this mix of Cab and Merlot though. It definitely leaned more to the Cabernet side of things, but with an extra layer of warm earth and a little vanilla.
Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah, California, 187 mL
Notes: Dark berries, plums, and spices.
This wine was like my fave Cabernet but with a flavor that was almost meaty. This red has a lot of body and really packs a punch while still being relatively smooth. This might also be the driest wine in the box.
Red Blend, California, 187 mL
Notes: Smooth and dark with a burst of dark fruits and berries, a little vanilla cream, and woodiness.
I know not everyone loves a red blend, but I always find them to be like little alcoholic surprises. This one is big and juicy and has a little acidic bite. This was one of my favorites because the fruit notes were just so bold!
Verdict: I really thought this whole calendar + wine thing was so fun. The quality of these wines felt just as nice as the wine I normally buy, though I will admit I am not a wine snob. Value-wise, we did ok too! The mini bottles of wine in this box calculate out to about 3 full-size bottles of wine. I usually spend about $15-20 per bottle of wine when I am buying for myself, so this box is about even to that in terms of pricing, at least for myself. The advantage of this calendar is totally the fun factor and how completely shareable and giftable it is. This would be such a fun surprise for a fellow wine lover to get in the mail. While I was enjoying all of this wine, it occurred to me that this might also be a really fun experience for someone newer to wines and wanting to try 12 different types to see their differences and pick favorites. This was a really fun calendar that I would recommend to anyone looking to get a head start on holiday libations.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box? Yes! This one is still available to order in both a 12-bottle or 24-bottle version.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $49.99 for 12 187 mL glass bottles of wine, meaning each bottle has an average cost of $4.17. That is cheaper than a glass of wine at most restaurants and (in my case) similar to what I would pay for the same quantity of wine if I was purchasing elsewhere.
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