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Modern viticulture has improved the quality, the quantity, and the certainty of a good, drinkable crop!
Often the beginning wine drinker prefers a sweeter variety of wine, amongst white wines German Riesling would be a good example, and amongst red wines, perhaps a lighter wine like merlot, or a more fruit forward wine like zinfandel or shiraz would suit the palate of the early wine drinker.
The dry, dusty "Old World" style of classic French wines can take some time to fully appreciate - and lots of sampling different wines, appreciating the fine nuances revealed by their grapes, terroir, barrel aging, even the way they are tended can greatly affect the end product.
Probably a middle ground would be the American Napa Cabernets, outstanding in their own right - and other "New World" more fruit forward wines.
What REALLY matters is what YOU enjoy, both NOW, and as your wine tasting and comparing journey continues - its a lifetime of enjoying the bountiful harvest from the vineyard - enjoy! Take the risk of trying new, different wines, and seeing if you can appreciate the wodnerful qualities of each, and see if you enjoy one more than others. Every now and then "treat" yourself to a jump UP the price scale, to enjoy a better wine - this can be done inexpensively by buying the best "by the glass" product offered, or purchasing at "wholesale cost" at your liquor store and enjoying at home. It's an enjoyable wine tasting journey - and you will see many variations, many approaches to making a fine, fine wine!
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