Bring 2 quarts water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add beans; cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and place in a large bowl filled with ice water.
Combine red wine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until sugar disolves.
Pour over beans; cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 24 hours OR place beans in pint jars; remove bay leaves; pour marinade into pint jars and seal. Process for 15 minute in a boiling water bath.