Even though I have been dry for the last 3 weeks, my favorite wines are those where I can really taste the flavor of the grape. I prefer sweet to dry, but I like semi-sweet reds as much as the whites. My favorite whites are made with niagra and/or muscat grapes. I also like concord grapes.
I think fruit wines are the easiest to get into, especially apple wines (just don’t buy the boone’s farm, okay?)
A good way to really get the flavor of the grapes in the wine is to “slurp”… it’s hard to describe without actually DOING it, but we’ll see how well I do. Take a medium size sip–a few tablespoons worth–, and “chew” it around in your mouth, coating all parts of your tongue, but don’t swallow. Lean your head slightly forward, and make a “kiss” face (not the band, the affectionate greeting), and suck air in over the wine, but don’t suck the wine into your lungs. As you draw the air in, you are releasing the alcohol from the wine. then, swallow your sip. You can take another small sip immediately afterwards, too, and you’ll notice that the wine tastes different than it did before your “slurp”.
Think too about how the wine feels in your mouth… compare to whole, 2% or skim milk, for a feeling of full, medium, or light-bodied wine. White wines tend to be lighter bodied, so and they won’t leave a puckering/drying sensation in your mouth (like if you drink really dark tea) as red wines do, so that’s another reason they are good to start with.
If you ever go to a wine tasting, make sure you taste the driest wines first and work you way to sweet; I don’t know why that’s a rule, but it is!