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Need some help on white wines

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bobby06877 | | Feb 20, 2007 07:27 AM

As a wine newbie, I have been trying a lot of different wines over the last several months to sample new varieties and to try to learn of great wines I had not tried before. I have limited myself initially to reds only to make the task a little less daunting. My biggest surprise has been the noticeable difference in modern versus old world wines. We have found, so far, that we have a strong prefernce towards the European wines, particularly a French Bordeaux and Burgundy, to their domestic counterparts. We have done a lot of blind taste tests to make sure we are not biased one way or the other, and we always end up selecting the European. The one thing we know for sure is that we the fruit forward component of the modern wines does not appeal to us as much. My question for this group is if this distinction between modern and old world (excuse me if I am using the terms incorrectly but I am still learning) is as distinct in white wines as it is in reds? For example will there be a notable difference between a California Chardonnay and a White Burgundy? We stopped drinking many white wines a few years ago primarily because we felt that they were a little too fruity for our taste. I am hoping the European counterparts may be different. Our taste tends to be more towards a dry wine but we also appreciate the tannins in a red. Any advise and specific recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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