mpal2 really did have the authority on wine tasting.
I used to work in a wine research centre. That was fun.
'jl, we need you to run a 3mL sample of this 750mL bottle of wine to see how much sugar, alcohol, etc. are in it.'
'sure, can do John [the grad student I worked with]... what do you want me to do with the rest of it?'
'well, there's no use for it in the lab, so you can take it home.'
'are you serious?!?'
'quite. in fact, we encourage it, because Danie [the other grad student] and I got kind of tired of drinking these bottles.'
I have a pretty strong base in BC wines. I like our whites, because they're usually kind of austere and a little mineral in flavor, and have a crispness. A little like German whites but not as sweet. Reds here are so hit and miss.
I'm looking forward to when I turn 40. Apparently then, the 12-case of 2009 Chateau Montrose I bought will be mature. I'm not 100% sure if I had a bad bottle, but the 2002 Chateau Hosanna almost turned me off of Bordeaux and St Emilion to start, since it tasted like the negative points of both cab sauv and merlot.
If you live in Cali, I think one of the better deals for a cheap white is Fetzer Gewurztraminer. I think it's like $5-10 in Cali since it's grown there and it is quite a sugary white that has a lot of citrus to it. Very good with spicy foods and Asian fare.
Wine, wine, wine...