It would be so helpful to non-pros if those who are listing wines they like would also include a short blurb stating red - or white - sweet - very dry - medium, etc. Many thanks.
Lol... is this a topic or a statement?
I too think it beneficial, when giving a recommendation, to include the characteristics of the specific wine. A lot of people don't realize that any grape or fruit can be made differently. While it's true that, in general, many fruits are fermented similarly across vintners, it's certainly not always the case.
For example... Cabernet Sauvignon is a varietal. It is the name of a grape variety, and the name of a type of wine. When unblended with other varieties, it is commonly made into a dark red, quite-dry wine. It doesn't have to be, but the flavors and characteristics of the variety shine 'best' when treated as such. However, it can also be blended with other grapes to impart desired flavors and characteristics. These 'blends' can be anything from sweet to dry, red to rose. Then, if the skins are removed, well... all bets are off lol.
So, it's not only naming the type of wine you are recommending. its characteristics and flavor profile, it is giving the exact winery - and because the winemaker can treat the grape differently depending on weather and location of harvested fruit - it also requires giving the exact year. Some wine experts even want batch numbers. A winery will usually help in this regard since if a certain batch turns out exceedingly well, they will label it 'reserve'.
Lol......that topic/statement is asking entirely too much of the casual wine drinker.
Well....there's an awful lot to be said for research, self-education and joining a local wine appreciation class or club....