Find a Valpolicella to try to. Its like a baby Amarone - another of the classic BIG wines of Italy. This one is tasty but there are others that are cheaper.
time for a lesson - Taste a Cali Chard and an Italy chard. Notice a huge difference? The Cali Chard probably tastes like a buttery tree while the italian is probably clean and crisp. This is because Cali chards are aged in oak and that gives that taste. I prefer the Italians, I've never been a butter fan.
really interesting white wine.
dark chocolate with less calories and it gets you drunk. One glass and you'll feel full!