I have been studying the differences between Old World and New World Wines, and I am still having some issues with picking up on the nuances of each type.
Old World: higher acidity, low to medium alcohol, earthy, low oak, more refined oak (smelling of cedar, pine or shavings), not a lot of intensity
Countries: Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Greece
New World: low to medium acidity, high alcohol, little earthiness, high oak (wood will take on baking spices: vanilla, cinnamon, etc. or smell like fresh cut sawdust), more intense
Countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, United States
After practicing the art of determining Old World Wines versus New World Wines through deductive blind tastings, I am improving but I still struggle heavily with the exceptions to the rules. Or simply picking up on the basic rules.
If anyone has any suggestions for other tell-tale signs I can look for or tips for determining such information during a blind tasting, please share in the comments!