Okay folks, there was enough response to a recent thread that I though I'd make it official
Lets define our terms first.
NEW WORLD - US, S. America, Australia, NZ obviously, anywhere else. S. Africa?
OLD WORLD - Europe, Eastern Europe, North Africa
Alta posted the following and I can't honestly say I've had enough French, Italian, Spanish and other Old World wines to dispute it. I certainly can dispute with what I've tasted from the US. But the following quote is a compare and contrast and its the relativity of Old to New that seems to matter.
Originally posted by Alta Skier:
I tend to view the old world wines as more fruit driven because there is not as much reliance on oak. I am even of the opinion that oak slathered on too heavily is a flaw in wine. I really enjoy the old world style of wine because I like the fruit to be what is more discernable in my wines. I am hopeful that this style of winemaking does not go by the wayside.
As I mentioned before, IMO this is opposite of everything I know, but then again, I don't know much.... but I know I love wine.