You may know of Jacob's Creek wines. They have a slightly naff reputation (Oh, how we laughed when a friend returned from a European tour with an air of sophistication and a stated preference for Jacob's Creek) but none the less provide a perfectly acceptable wine for the price point. Trustworthy, when you don't recognise anything else on the bottle-o shelf.
Since the branch of Threshers on the corner closed (landlord hiked up the rent), we've been thrown on the mercies of the local convenience store, which only stocks a limited range of wine, so we've been drinking quite a lot of Jacob's Creek.
The shiraz-cabernet blend - very pleasant. Quite light, for an Australian shiraz, and exceedingly drinkable.
The semillon-chardonnay - again, very pleasant and extremely drinkable. I suspect we will go through a few of these as the weather warms up.
And then there is the pinot grigio. Dear god, the pinot grigio. I took a sip and screamed "What the fuck is that?". I thought Paul had poured me a glass of pear cider and diluted it with lemon cordial. The only "wine" I have ever tasted that was as bad was Passion Pop, served at a pyjama party when I was old enough to know better. The tasting notes on the bottle say "A light to medium bodied wine with fresh lemon and pear fruit flavours with crisp green apple notes", so sadly it appears that pear cider diluted with lemon cordial was actually the effect they were going for. Utterly vile. Be on your guard. If you see this wine, do not approach it; back away and alert the authorities. There must be some sort of official body responsible for stamping out this sort of horror.