Wine Folly has a great infographic on the different types of wine. It addresses 2 of the most important reasons to learn about wine:
- to describe what wine characteristics you like using terms that will be recognizable to others
- to find more new wines you'll like
Just follow the path of the flavors you like, and you get instant recommendations, including many of the more obscure wine and grape varieties. And if you're not sure yet what flavors you like, the chart is full of good descriptors to start thinking about the next time you drink a glass. Or you could always find a wine you like and then work backwards.
Here's a link:
And here's a preview:
Isn't it pretty?