Holiday drinks for any budget, from $7-$18

There are many ways to stock up for There are many ways to stock up for the holidays ahead within almost any budget. Photo Credit: Handout

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Party time.

There are many ways to stock up for the holidays ahead within almost any budget. Here are some suggestions, $7 to $18.

The 2012 Our Daily Red ($9) is a modest, light, fruity and organic California blend. The 2011 Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvignon ($10) boasts ripeness and red fruit, with profits bound for charity.

Both sipper and food-friendly is the very fruity, dry 2011 50° Trocken Riesling ($13), an easygoing German choice. Australia contributes the peachy 2013 Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay ($7).

From Italy: the dependably good 2012 Rocca Sveva Soave Classico ($17); and the aromatic, appley 2012 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco ($17), a very satisfying chardonnay-pinot blanc blend.

The crisp 2010 Mandolin Chardonnay Monterey ($10) has a hint of tropical fruit; the 2012 Clos du Bois North Coast Chardonnay ($15), pear and citrus; the 2012 Geyser Peak Uncensored White ($14), a versatile, floral blend.

The 2011 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Diamond Red Blend ($18), a six-grape union led by cabernet sauvignon, has traces of plum and cherry, plus a hint of fennel.

Rekorderlig Hard Cider (about $7), in flavors pear, strawberry-lime and wild berries, is a spirited, refreshing alternative from Sweden.

And, to ensure the festivities keep all awake and clear, you may want to invest in the new drip-coffee blends from Lavazza, known for espresso. There are four, each $10 for a 12-ounce package. Gran Aroma and Classico are smooth, medium roasts; Gran Selezione, a dark roast, and Perfetto, an espresso roast.

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