My latest ďkeep around the house for dinnerĒ red is the Marietta, Old Vine Red. http://www.mariettacellars.com/wines/wine_redlot.html
I buy a case of 12, and pay around $8 per bottle that way. Itís a very nice, medium bodied red that goes with everything from spaghetti to creamy chicken dishes. And at that price, itís hard to beat. Definitely the best red Iíve found under $15. I like all of the Marietta wines actually. The Cuvee is one that I listed above as one of my all time favorites. Iíve also bought a few cases of Hamilton Estate through GeerWade.com. Geer Wade finds small wineries and sells there wines through the internet. Iíve found some real bargains there. Some not so good, and many very good wines.
I have two wine coolers right now. Iím building a cellar, but until itís done, the wine that I want to keep goes in the coolers. Iíve got a 32 bottle Avanti and a 54 bottle Stainless cooler I stumbled across at Costco for $400. Itís a Vinotemp cooler. The Avanti is a better cooler. I donít ever hear it, and it maintains temp better. The Vinotemp is a bit noisy and cycles between 55 and 59 deg.
"......The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." ~ Lin Yutang