Depends on what you like. If you like sweet wines, rieslings are usually good. My favorite sparkling sweet wine is a Moscato di Asti, which has light bubbles with an almost honey-like flavor. If you like drier wines, a chardonnay is crisp but acidic. that's why they're best chilled.
If you like bolder flavors, I recommend going with reds. Reds are dry, and the tannin in them will make your mouth literally feel dried out. But they have richer flavors and textures. I got into wine with a pinot noir, which has a nice, balanced flavor. I have since moved onto Zinfandels, which have a very bold, strong flavor, and a smooth texture. A good compromise is a Carbernet, which have solid flavors, but aren't overwhelming.
There are lots of very good, inexpensive wines, especially at Trader Joe's. But a good brand that is reliable is Clos Du Bois-- I have found their wines to be consistently well bottled.
at 12:32 AM on May. 13, 2011