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It's the most bubbly time of the year.

After last week, you’re probably thrilled that the rest of your holiday soirees will be at other people’s houses. But when it comes to bringing the standard hostess gift--a bottle of wine--where do you start? John Dal Canton, the noted sommelier at Hibiscus, has a few recommendations.

Best for a beer-loving crowd Forget the IPA and bring a brioche-y bottle of bubbly such as Bollinger NV Champagne ($58), which has a nutty flavor that will please your hops lovers.

Best to impress the boss No matter the party size, Dal Canton recommends bringing two bottles--one for the boss to save and the other to drink that night. He loves Brunello di Montalcino ($57), a Sangiovese that blends well with any type of meal.

Best for a girlie soiree Think sparkling, pink and cheap--like Bisol Rosé ($17), a great rosé Prosecco that you can either drink straight or make into a cocktail like an Aperol Spritz (Prosecco, Aperol orange liqueur and soda water).

Best for toasting Under $20? Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé, a pale-pink, not-too-sweet rosé that’s high on the bubbles. Under $40? Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte-Anne, a well-balanced dry option with a great yellow-gold color.

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