I know I've said this before. It's the best, most influential recommendation I can make. Find local wine stores with regular free tastings. TRY STUFF. Make up your own scale; simple is NO, maybe try again, YES. Almost always the stuff being sampled is on sale. You make friends with staff or managers and once you've dropped some $$$ they will look out for you. They will if they've got any brains.
Any store that sells magazines should have "Wine Spectator". Look at the "Savvy Shopper" page. That stuff is relatively available. You should be able to easily find the inexpensive wines listed. In the back is an index of recently rated wines too. The less expensive stuff is also easy to find.
This shows good definition to the mineral, peach and apricot flavors, which linger with touches of richness on the spicy finish. Fresh and crisp.
Pretty floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine give way to flavors of juicy apricot nectar, zesty lemon-lime, spice and almond on a light, refreshing body. Malvasia Bianca, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio and Albariño.
A crisp white, offering vibrant aromas and flavors of fresh-cut green apple, with vanilla and mineral notes.
This has some juicy, peachy notes to the fresh-cut green apple flavors, with melon and spice on the crunchy finish.
A light and tangy red, showing a sharp edge of smoke and tar more prominent than fruit.
This forward white offers good grapefruit and lemon zest notes and a plump, open-knit finish. Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle.
A fresh, lively rosé, with strawberry and black currant notes backed by a floral finish.
Ripe peach flavors are accented by some decadent spicy notes in this white. Interesting petrol accents chime in on the finish.
This spicy red shows layered flavors of black pepper, toasty oak and licorice to the rich plum and blackberry fruit. Moderate tannins firm up the finish. Malbec, Bonarda and Tempranillo.
Light and a bit tangy, with melon and almond flower flavors on a dry frame.