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On the twelth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me 12 Months of Green Wine

January 5, 2021

Lambrusco from Bugno Martino

Today is January 5 also known as Twelfth Night or Epiphany Eve, when the three wise men are added to manger scenes. a festival which takes place on the last night of the Twelve Days of Christmas, marking the coming of the Epiphany.

Different traditions mark the date of Twelfth Night as either 5 January or 6 January, depending on whether the counting begins on Christmas or 26 December, according to wikipedia.

Twelth Night traditions include eating King cake, singing Christmas carols, chalking the door, having one’s house blessed, merrymaking, attending church services, and preparing to take down Christmas decorations.

According to Why Christmas,  “Twelfth Night was a big time of celebration with people holding large parties. During these parties, often the roles in society were reversed with the servants being served by the rich people. This dated back to medieval and Tudor times when Twelfth Night marked the end of ‘winter’ which had started on 31st October with All Hallows Eve (Halloween).”

People enjoyed eating a Twelfth Night cake, a rich cake made with eggs and butter, fruit, nuts and spices similar to an Italian Panettone.

If you ever wondered why in the song 12 days of Christmas has eleven pipers piping, during Twelfth Night pipers played different types of pipes, especially bagpipes. In the UK, people went Wassailing on Twelfth Night, so those drummers drumming would be convenient.

The following Monday was called “Plough Monday” and that’s when farming began again. This year next Monday is my birthday and I plan to celebrate it with a little farming myself helping to prune grape vines for Clos des Amis.

On the twelth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

On the twelfth day of Christmas , my true love sent to me a subscription to 12 months of 3 bottles of sustainable, organic, biodynamic, mostly Italian wine made by small, passionate producers and imported and distributed by Verovinogusto! Yes please and thank you! With a $99 a month subscription, each month the lucky recipient will receive three bottles of “green” wine from Verovino. 


Verovino’s Sheila Donahue moved to Bologna Italy for a job in finance but fell in love with Italy’s wine, food, culture — and her husband, a baker! She left finance to create a wine and food import and distribution business that connects people passionate about the products they make with consumers who enjoy them! She imports small production, sustainably grown, hard to find wines, olive oils, and other products primarily from Italy but she’s starting to branch out to Portugal and SPAIN. She also represents two very small wineries in Ventura County California, Clos des Amis and Pacific View.

So nope, not getting wine that is actually  green, but “green wine” — short hand for wine that is sustainable grown, biodynamic or organic. 

Learn more about these “green” wines from Verovino here.

Since the gifts compound each day, how many of each is my true love sending me? 


1 x 12





2 x 11




3 x 10




4 x 9





6 x 7




7 x 6




8 x 5




9 x 4




10 x 3




11 x 2




12 x 1








A total of 364 gifts. according to Sonoma State…and of them 84 bottles of wine plus 36 from the 12 months of Verovino’s green wine (120) and then quite a few bottles from the 7 winning wine clubs– likely 4 bottles twice a year (8) times seven clubs is another 56 bottles of wine coming upon to close to 200 bottles today — almost one every day!



So how did the original song go? 

12 Days of Christmas bay Sarah Jenks Flesher








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