Angie, i'm with you 100%. red delicious are far too mealy and one-note sweet (like the difference between refined white sugar and wildflower honey). pink apples (fuji, pink lady, gala) are just so where it's at.
if you have any access to more "exotic" varieties, look for crispin apples
, aka mutsu. they're green-skinned with a tiny blush, and have the most AMAZING perfume of roses. crisp, tasty, not mealy at all. honeycrisp
is the other harder-to-find tasty pink apple i'm fond of. i'm SO looking forward to the apple season at the baltimore farmer's market, since i haven't had either since last fall.