Walt, I've got a suggestion for you: O-S Winery's cab-merlot blend that is 70% Merlot and 30 cab. Bill Owen (or is it Owens) is a real mad scientist type Washington winemaker and Bordeaux freak, according to friends who know him, and his wine is both interesting and reflective of Bill's taste. Don't be discouraged by the high degree of merlot here--merlot in WA is a much more serious animal than anything you know from California merlots--in California they have to add Cabernet to beef it up, in Washington we add Cab to tone it down! This is a good, well-made, serious red blend that should show well. It's around $30, and I found a retailer here in my area who has it in stock. He can arrange to get it to you (I can't offer to do it myself, I'm travelling.) If you're interested, email me.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov