Aldi Is Bringing Back Its Highly Anticipated Pairable Wine and Cheese Advent Calendars on November 3
The grocery store has a short but rich history of selling out a range of Advent calendars.
One way to make the run-up to this year’s holiday season count: Aldi’s tasty and inventive line of Advent calendars.
The supermarket chain has just revealed that the 2021 version of two of its most popular Advent calendars — Aldi’s Wine Advent calendar and its Emporium Selection Advent Cheese calendar — will be released on Wednesday, November 3. And if you’re hoping to buy them, you should probably note the date and start counting down the days, because supply is limited and they tend to sell out fast.
This year, as in the past two years, Aldi’s wine and cheese calendars are made to complement each other as a pair — so you can happily sip and nibble your way to the holidays.
Aldi’s 2021 Collection Wine Advent calendar will include new wine varieties, and, excitingly, it will be priced at $59.99; that’s $10 less than last year … and the year before.
Starting on November 3, which Aldi has dubbed the second annual National Advent Calendar Day (the first Wednesday in November each year), the wine calendar will be available at U.S. Aldi stores that sell alcohol.
The chain will release additional calendars through November and December, and while it won’t release all the details about what is headed our way until October, we can probably extrapolate from what it has offered in the past.
Aldi initially introduced its wine Advent calendar in the United States in 2018; it was a full-on hit.
Its follow-up 2019 collection included a Wine Advent Calendar ($69.99) with 24 different wines from around the world. Each day, you could open one flap to find a 187-ml. bottle of red, white, bubbly, sweet or dry wine from Australia, South Africa and other locales.
The 2019 Emporium Selection Advent Cheese Calendar, which was easy to gobble up at a $14.99 price point, included a new feature: The 24 snack-sized European cheeses behind each flap were made to pair perfectly with the wines in the Wine Advent Calendar.
Due to the wine and cheese calendars’ popularity, Aldi enforced a three-calendar purchase limit in 2019, so you had to think carefully about which people on your holiday shopping list made the cut.
In 2019, Aldi expanded its Advent calendar offerings to include a Beer Advent Calendar ($49.99), with 24 flaps behind which you could find a varied mix of imported beers, each in an individual 11.2-fl.-oz. bottle, including six of Aldi’s core-range beers, two Aldi Finds and seven “exclusive” brews. That year, Aldi’s Beer Advent Calendar was an even more limited commodity, with a cap of two Beer Advent Calendars per customer.
In 2019, Aldi also offered three kinds of chocolate calendars, a heap of toy and book calendars, and even one featuring 24 days of dog snacks. It also broadened the concept with a Sparkling Wine Countdown to the New Year boxed collection ($24.99), featuring an assortment of seven sparkling wines from Italy, France and Spain.
By 2020, Aldi was offering more than 20 different calendars, the most popular carrying a purchase limit of two per customer. In addition to bringing back the wine, cheese, beer, pet, toy, chocolate Advent and sparkling wine New Year’s countdown calendars, the company introduced a new line of “12 Days” calendars, released later in November, that lasted only 12 days.
It also introduced a Vista Bay Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar ($34.99) in 2020, featuring 24 cans of Aldi’s private label Vista Bay Hard Seltzer in 12 flavors: black cherry, tangy lemon, passionfruit, ruby grapefruit and coconut mango.
Also making its debut last year was the Barissimo Coffee Advent calendar ($9.99), featuring single-serve cups of coffee in 24 different flavors, such as White Chocolate Mocha, Cinnamon Sticky Bun, Apple Pie and Spiced Eggnog.
Will Aldi bring back everything from its 2020 line? Will it add creative new kinds of Advent calendars? We’ll soon find out. But one thing you can probably count on is a rush to purchase them — so plan accordingly!