Wine is one of the great pleasures of life, most especially when accompanying a good meal. I wouldn’t turn down a glass of wine by itself, but I think wine was really meant to be enjoyed with food. My favorite meal in the world is a nice, sizzling T-bone accompanied by a really good CA Zin (not one of those sweet, pink “white” zins, but a real zinfandel) such as Cline Ancient Vines (that bottle should only run you about $22 or so if you pick it up at the store).
As to the discussion on price, if you deal in the price range that I’m willing to spend on a bottle, which is generally under $30 in a store and under $60 at a restaurant, I don’t think price correlates well with quality. Of course, I’ve never tasted a $10,000 bottle either (or a $500 bottle for that matter).
BTW, for those of you lucky enough to live near a Trader Joe’s market, you should look there for some incredibly good wine deals. If not, find a small store in your neighborhood and talk for awhile to the owner – owners are usually more than happy to steer you toward a good bargain if you’re interested and don’t come off like an ass, and they want your business.