A "house" wine should be like a golden oldie in music or a dish of whatever you consider "comfort food." It is special precisely because it becomes so utterly familar.
However, choosing a house wine to drink on a continuing basis at home can be daunting because it needs to meet more criteria than a wine you have only on special occasions.
A good house wine should be moderately priced, yet taste like it costs way more than it does. It needs to be flexible with all sorts of foods, and for that matter moods. Also, it must cross seasons; it needs to be delicious and refreshing in the summer, warm and comforting in the winter. It should satisfy without being too stylized--it shouldn't be too oaky, too spicy, too crisp, too tannic, too anything!
Next: More on how to choose your house wine--coming soon