From the inimitable Kingsley Amis, in the tome Everyday Drinking:
Faced with a choice between bad or untrustworthy red wine on the one hand, and ditto white on the other, pick the red.
That was true back when Amis wrote those words in the early ’70s (when cheap white wine meant one thing: crudely made German plonk). Not sure if it the advice is the same today: Cheap whites now tend to be better than cheap reds in my experience (and we’re talking in the $6 or less per bottle range).
What a terribly fun book. Casual and serious drinkers alike should seek out a copy. I’d quote the whole book if I could.