I am quite fond of the Sangiovese variety, from the Tuscany region of Italy. My favorite wine for the past year has been "Sabbie Di Nuvola Vecchia Toscana 2000": 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. It's fairly cheap (~$7) at Trader Joe's. So smooth and mellow and slightly fruity, not bitter at all. Some wines have kind of a vinegar taste, but this has none of that. Mmm. Something about this particular wine makes me more purry and lovey-dovey than most. Italians know how to make it!