Winetech has an excellent idea. Don't know where you are but in NYC most stores will have tastings very frequently. They aren't big deals, usually a distributor will open a couple of bottles but on a Thurs or Fri evening or Sat afternoon if you're not busy, see if you local stores are doing something like that. It's a good way to try a number of things. And ask them if they are sponsoring any kind of wine tasting. Especially around the holidays just passed there are many big tastings as the retailers try to generate business. Those can be extremely helpful. Best of luck.