I've been paying attention to wine for about 5 years now really trying to find good wines at the $20 range. I'll dip below and above that range looking for something which sparks my interest. Mostly like the French Bordeaux style. Definitely into blends coming from any region. In the past few years I have been finding a lot of Argentina wines that rival the Bordeaux's with much less cost. I have yet to find a California cab which I lust after. For whatever reason they seem too fruity and sweet. Still good though just not the first bottle I go to on wine.com. Don't forget to consider South Africa's Paarl valley. Really interesting flavors in their reds at nice price points. Mineral, earth and graphite. Though I don't really know what graphite tastes like (I imagine it tastes terrible) but the idea of graphite or maybe like the light charcoal taste you get on a tips of a grilled steak. That's probably a better description of the graphite taste. Anyway I think these Paarl valley reds have that enjoyable flavor somewhere in the middle of everything else going on. So yeah, that's what I like to drink. Cheers!
There is a psychological element to drinking wine. The people around you, setting, day of the week and even the weather can guide and enhance my wine drinking experience. When everything comes together with that great glass it's a memorable event.