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Four Budget-Friendly Wines To Bring To Your Next Party (Without Looking Tacky)

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Women love wine. Men love wine. We all love wine.

And I want you to get a good buzz on in a classy way that also won’t cost you the price of a $50  bottle of Moet! So here are four budget wines you can bring to any dinner party or all-out rage that also taste great, provided by Master Sommelier Richard Betts (author of The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That).

Each wine selection is hand picked by Richard and costs under $15. Which means you’ll have money leftover to buy that cute outfit you wanted to wear! Additionally, I was gifted them all and was able to test 'em out to make sure they were the real deal. II wouldn't want you drinking anything I wouldn't drink!

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio ($11.99)

Where are my white wine drinkers at? I, for one, can never pass up a good glass of Pinot (Grigio). It may remind some people of summer, but really, there’s no wrong time to drink it. The food-friendly vino can be enjoyed with appetizers, a meal, or simply by itself. This blend hails from Northern Italy and is crisp, clean and has a balanced acidity. Bonus: it won’t stain your dress or stain your lips, which will scare off any potential for kissing.

HobNob Pinot Noir ($10.99)

HobNob is fun to say and fun to drink. The HobNob philosophy endorses social gatherings, and this French Pinot Noir blend is medium bodied with soft tannins, creating a smooth, rich texture. It pairs well with prime rib, duck or lamb, or on its own. You’ll feel classy. You’ll feel fabulous. And, if you need party games, you can play this Spin the Bottle trivia game posted on HobNob’s Facebook page.

Josh Cellars Legacy Red Blend ($14.99)

This easy-to-drink red blend is, well, very easy to drink. Made to honor winemaker Joseph Carr’s father, this pick has aromas of blueberry pie, fresh raspberries, sage, rosemary and cigar box (hmm). It’s a dense and lush with a smooth texture, perfect for winter sipping — and I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

My Essential Rosé 2013 ($14.99)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Rosé?! Isn’t that for summer?! Well, yes — and whenever you God damn please. Like New Year’s Eve! Or two weeks after New Year's Eve! Or today! This pick, from the South of France, is a blend of predominantly Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. It’s dry and refreshing, and is more dessert-y than main course — but you do you, because you deserve it.

Got another budget-friendly wine for New Year’s Eve? Comment and let us know!