I hate bitter beer and wine as well. I go for sweeter red wines, and occasionally, fruity beers (eg. Timmermans).
The nice thing about a few glasses of wine, is that it won't make you flat out drunk (well, depending on your tolerance); you'll just get to that euphoric state of being perfectly aware of everything, but at the same time slightly light headed, relaxed..and happy (if that makes any sense).
It's the nature of my circuitry.