I handle the beer consumption; the girl takes care of the wine side of things. That being said, if you're ever in VA, central VA specifically has some nice vineyards. Look around Charlottesville or Culpeper, and you can certainly find a wide variety of options.
Brand-wise, I'd recommend Casillero de Diablo, and specifically their Carmenere. This is a consistent crowd pleaser at my house, and is usually between 10 and 12 bucks a bottle. Great choice for a "don't break the bank" bottle.