I’m always on the lookout for wine deals, and there is a good holiday one I am hoping to grab this season.

Kroger stores are already selling a special holiday box designed as a “Countdown to Christmas,” providing a bottle a day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24 as part of an alcohol-based Advent calendar with liquid treats for the days leading up to Christmas.

The Aldi version of the wine advent calendar will pop up in its stores starting Nov. 3, along with an assortment of other Aldi Advent calendars featuring beer, cheese and chocolates.

These could be great early Christmas gifts for a friend or just maybe a fun holiday bonus for yourself.

These wines also might be fun to serve at a party, letting each guest pick their pleasure from the collection, or maybe to use for a wine tasting with friends.

Kroger’s “Oh What Fun! Wine Countdown Calendar” offers 24 little (187-milliliter) bottles, which is equal to six of the regular-sized 750-milliliter wine bottles.

This is the third year Kroger has offered this festive package of wines, according to spokesperson Melissa Eads, who said customers make a beeline for them each year, causing a quick sell-through. She noted that not every Kroger store carries the wine calendars and that if they do, quantities are likely limited.

Aldi’s “Winter Wonderland Wine Advent Calendar” also features 24 187-milliliter bottles, and it is $10 cheaper than last year (and cheaper than Kroger’s version), hitting the shelves at $59.99 on Nov. 3. It is part of Aldi’s “Aldi Finds” program and will be available while supplies last in all Aldi stores that sell alcohol.

Aldi’s FAQ list about its various Advent calendars said that “quantities (of the wine calendar are limited and will not be restocked.” Aldi also noted that the alcohol calendars have a limit of two per customer. And no rain checks will be issued.

Costco offered a similar seasonal product, a $99.99 “Advent-Ure” wine package, but local Costco stores were sold out by Oct. 20.

If you are not familiar with Advent calendars, they are designed to have one surprise (usually chocolate) for you to open each day leading up to Christmas. It is a fun tradition, especially now that wine has been added to the mix! Cheers!

What you get

Kroger’s $69.99 box (available now at many Kroger stores) and Aldi’s $59.99 box (available in Aldi stores that carry wines, starting Nov. 3) each contain 24 small (187-milliliter) bottles, a combination of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines, with a different wine featured each day.

The price point is a bit more expensive than what I would normally spend for the same quantity of wine, but if you are interested in trying some new varieties, or if you are looking for a fun consumable $60 or $70 gift, this could be a good option.

For comparison purposes, the bottles are each equivalent to half of a 750-milliliter bottle, or are 6.3 ounces of wine. That means you would get 24 servings (at 6.3 ounces each) for your money. And when you figure that 5 ounces is considered a “healthy restaurant pour,” this lagniappe may be a deal for you!

It comes out to about $2.50 to $2.80 per serving. That’s not bad, especially since there is a fun factor to it, it is a chance to explore new wines, and the packaging is festive.

The Kroger container says, “Jingle your way through the holidays with a curated collection of wines from across the globe. Leading up to the holidays, you’ll learn more about a prized varietal or world-renowned growing region each day. … Your holiday season is sure to be full of ‘cheers.’ ”

Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on “Talk of the Town” on NewsChannel 5. Reach her at mscheap@mainstreetmediatn.com and follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/mscheap.

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