After a long day of meetings and deadlines, my husband and I are often too tired for anything more than store-bought pizza. This we nearly always "doctor up" with green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, eggplant, artichokes, goat cheese or whatever is on hand and interesting.
The wine needs no doctoring up, however. More often than not, our choice is a value wine. I'd like to be able to go down into a cave and choose something a bit more posh, but (A) If it's terribly fancy, it's probably not available locally, and (B) I'd rather spend my money on travel.
That's not to say that we do not occasionally spend a bit more on a bottle of wine, but for occasions that are not special, we opt for a good buy with flavor that does not let us down. (We have yet to try the Two-Buck Chuck that was so talked about a few years back.)
Among our favorites are Fat Bastard, Yellow Tail, La Veille Ferme, Red Bicyclette, 14 Hands, Bogle, Mondavi, and Ménage å Trois from the Folie å Deux vineyard in the Napa Valley.
Generally, we stick with cabernet, shiraz and burgundy over the winter months. (A Wisconsin wine I can most heartily recommend is Wollersheim Winery's Prairie Fumé, but since it's got a green-apple taste, I prefer it in summer.)
My husband and I are not terribly sophisticated wine drinkers. We simply know what suits our taste and our pocketbook.
What are your favorite wines? Don't stick to value wines!