So I work in a tourism location and business is slow during the winter, so i have a "day off" for now, sometimes multiple in a single week. With my free time, i want to develop a better taste for wine. I started a little during the tourism season, and discovered a taste for california cabs. I've also found that whites and pinots tend to fall short. And that i quite enjoyed the tangy taste of a cheap Bolla Valpolicella, although found it lacking. I'm looking for recomendarions for cabs, valpolicella, maybe ripasso? or other similar reds. I'll probably be drinking them alone, so nothing too kammy. Keep in mind i'm a poor cook and can't spend too much on wine. Also i live in the midwest in the US and would need to be available in that region.