NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A bottle of wine is always appreciated as a holiday gift, whether for friends, family, or colleagues.
But with good -- and bad -- wines at nearly every price level, it can be hard to know which to give, and to whom.
In some contexts the conservative gift is the right call -- you might not want to give your conservative boss an unconventional wine like, say, the La Clarine Farms Jambalaia, a buoyant, enjoyable blend of red and white grapes from California -- but other occasions will call for a bottle with more personality. And who knows, maybe your boss is from Louisiana or you live there, and the name of the wine will recall the classic Cajun rice and seafood dish.
Click through below, to see a range of wines (and one hard-to-categorize spirit), all for under $30, each well-suited as a holiday gift. Happy gifting.
Decent Champagne starts at $40 a bottle, which can blow a budget. But Crémant, sparkling wine from France made in the same style, is a much better value. This excellent example comes from a Burgundy winemaker and is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the same two grapes that predominate in Champagne.
Clotilde Davenne, Crémant du Bourgogne Extra Brut NV: $23.99