Chocolate, beer, and wine: 2018 advent calendars by Vancouver producers get tasty

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      Sure, advent calendars with little decorations in each drawer are cute and all, but let’s get real: we want an excuse to treat ourselves on a daily basis.

      Here are a few delicious ways to help discerning wine, beer, and chocolate lovers count down the days till Christmas made by homegrown talent. 

      Purdys Chocolatier

      Purdys Chocolatier

      Home for the Holidays Advent Calendar

      Inside each little box is a festively wrapped solid piece of milk, dark, or white chocolate, all made from 100% sustainable cocoa.

      $28 at Purdys’ retail locations or online.


      Chez Christophe

      Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie

      Classic Advent Calendar

      The gourmet holiday features five flavours of hand-crafted chocolate: 34% White Chocolate; 35% Caramelised White Chocolate; 42% Milk Chocolate; 35% - Milk Chocolate Crunch; and 63.6% Montreux and 70.4% Yverdon (both signature custom blends)

      $29.95 at Chez Christophe (4717 Hastings Street) or online.


      Road 13 Vineyards

      Road 13 Vineyards

      12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

      Starting December 13 and going till Santa’s arrival, the calendar features a daily individually wrapped bottle of wine from the family-owned winery on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver. The mix includes whites and reds, including hard-to-find and library wines.

      $399 plus bottle deposit, with free shipping in BC and Alberta, at Road 13’s website.


      Parallel 49

      Parallel 49 Brewing Company and Central City Brewers and Distillers

      Alpine Adventure Pack

      The breweries’ 2018 joint advent calendar consists of 24 mystery P49 and Red Racer beers, ranging from session ales to barrel aged beers to sours.

      $75 at Parallel 49 and Central City retail locations and some private and public liquor stores.