I have “house wines”, though they do change over time (say a year or two), and they vary in number. I drink them when I want something I am sure will work with a particular dish, or when I simply couldn’t be bothered to chose something I’m less familiar with. They tend to be closed with screwcap or Diam cork, as I also hate faffing around wondering if wine is corked and getting replacements.They are also relatively cheap, but carefully selected to be good VFM, and wines I enjoy. Most wines at the same price just wouldn’t cut it.
Past house wines have been The Society’s Vin d’Alsace, and Paparuda PG and PN. I still like to keep the Paparudas in store, but currently have a few other wines I have bought in quantity that might become house wines: Aldi Assyrtiko and TWS’s Moldovan PN, and Ksara Le Prieuré has practically achieved that status already. Thymiopulous Jenune Vignes, nearly achieved house wine status, but I got diverted into trying other Naoussa wines. Orovela Saperavi (Waitrose) is almost a house wine, as it is my go-to big red, but I rarely drink much of that style. The Society’s Champagne is another reliable tried and trusted wine I like always to have available, but I drink it rarely, and is probably too expensive to count as a house wine.
I do also taste and drink quite widely, which is perhaps why I like to fall back on “safe” wines. Sadly though, the opportunities for tasting have been very limited over the past year or so.