I'll be the first to admit that I know nothing about wine ... or as Schultz on Hogan's Heros would say "I know nothing ... NOTHING".
I've come to the conclusion that pretty much anything you get in a supermarket tastes the same. So, why spend ten dollars when you can spend two.
Given that, I find the Golden Gate wines a good value. They certainly compare with Sutter Home. IMMHWO (Most Humble Wine) the chardonay is the best ... there is even a hint of vanilla there ... don't know if that is good, bad or cliche, but I like a hint of vanilla in my chardonay. They are better than two buck Chuck, without the hype.
The cab is a nice drinking wine. The Merlot a bit mediciny, however, at my branch of Albertsons the Merlot is usually sold out.
Don't get me wrong. I love fine wines. It is just too exhausting and costly for me to persue that hobby seriously. I rely heavily on suggestions in fine restaurants and enjoy the results. I had a truly memorable wine at Chou Chou that, damn it, really DID have a hint of violets ... I was impressed ... it is no longer on the menu, btw.
Also, I have not sunk so low as to appreciate Arbor Mist (which is superior to Wild Vines).
Yes, I drink the Appleby's and Olive Garden equivant of wine at home. BTW, I wasn't that impressed with Black Box. For the price, some of the Franzia wine was better. Hardy's is pure swill at a premium price.
So, for what it is worth, I recommend Golden Gate.
So, do you have a cheapo you love. No ... I am not looking for those little finds in the bargain bins that you never see again. I am talking about the McDonalds variety of wine where the taste is consistant and drinkable.
Melanie, I blush in shame.