My husband and I have been drinking wine fairly regularly for several years now, but neither of us are afficiandos by any means. We tend to drink what tastes good to us and not worry about the rest. I really like French red wines and Italian red wines of all different varieties, however whenever I try to drink an American red wine of any variety and from any state it always smells like turpentine to me and tastes like what I would imagine turpentine would taste like. The wines that have had the strongest turpentine smell also felt oily in my mouth. I have noticed that the flavor seems to go away when I drink them with red meat. Also, the small local wineries that we have visited, their red wines have a hint of the flavor, but it is much more tolerable than what we have tried to buy in the store. I have also noticed this flavor in the few wines from Chile that we have tried. Does anyone have any idea what the difference would be between the American and European wines that I might be reacting to? I asked in a wine shop once the guy was real unsure, but suggested it might have something to do with the barrels the wine was aged in. Right we now we pretty much stick to French or Italian wines and I doubt that figuring out what the difference is will change my dislike for it, but I'm just really curious.