free wooden boxes
Now is the time to head to your local wine store and ask them to save you wooden crates that wine comes in. At this time of the year, the holidays, they receive their more expensive wines, which are packaged in those nice wooden boxes. Most of the smaller stores, a wine store owner told me, only get these types of wines in during the months of November and December.
In fact one mega-wine store here sells the wood crates for $7 each all year round. But why buy them when you can get them free from other stores!?!