I'm one of the very few I know who's highly partial to white wines, and I've always taken a share of grief for it. I think there are a bunch of pretty interesting reds out there—some from Denmark are so sweet they taste like liquid gumballs, and most red Merlots are enormously versatile, pairing well with seafood and other fare normally served with whites like Rieslings and Chardonnays. Yet you can't find a red sympathizer who comes close to the same concessions about the other side of the chart; one friend called white wine “the turpentine of bottled beverages.”Racist.
Even so, one red has recently caught my fancy, basically because it's almost black. The 2004 red-blend Agostinelli, out of the Fairview winery in southwest South Africa, sports an exceptionally deep crimson hue, scarily medicinal in its appearance—but the taste is something else again. The vanilla sensation is bold enough to cut through all the berry flavors, rendering them a lot milder than the wine's color suggests they are. That means this entry pairs well with a greater variety of foods, from big fat steaks to little tiny cheeses. I even had it with green grapes and liver pate; it worked out swell.
The Fairview Agostinelli is available at Beverages and More and other stellar wine stores for $17.99. That's more than a reasonable bottle of red runs these days, but it's a lot less than you'd pay for the medicine this stuff resembles. Lots of reds taste like Kaopectate to me, anyway. I'd rather drink turpentine.