i don't know terribly much about wine; i just know excellent from good, good from bad, and bad from godawful. and i know where to buy it :)
I too prefer reds... spanish, italian, south american, austrian... not too keen on french, but i actually bought one for tonight. we'll see what happens!
Wine with dinner is nice, but also for a nice evening with your loved one or a good friend. i usually don't drink wine before evening.
Austrian wine is little known internationally, mostly because not much of it is exported into other countries. if you ever wanna try austrian wine, you should go for a veltliner (white), or a zweigelt or blaufränkischer (red).
Another austrian thing is the "Spritzer", either red or white, it's wine (not the most expensive ones of course) mixed with slightly carbonated water. very refreshing in summer.
oh and mulled wine is delicious, too.
gotta be a heavy red for good mulled wine... is veltliner getting good again? you used to be able to get it here a couple of years ago, but not anymore. it sort of became too fashionable for a while as far as i can see it (danke herr biolek), and did a bit of a cabernet sauvignon, didn't it? too much produced to satisfy demand and hence a drop in quality. it would be nice to try a bottle now... on the whole, i can't get enough of lübecker rotspon at the moment, the status of that wine as a classic is quite justified.