In my experience, wine, as with beauty being in the eye of the beholder, is "in the mouth of the taster". Some years ago I recall attending a wine tasting in the same general area as Ironchef mentioned. Several persons raved about the Chardonnay - but when I tasteed it, I thought it terrible - and Chardonnay is one of my favorites.
This is not to imply that recommendations are not worthwhile, but one should not be too disappointed if one's own taste doesn't appreciate the wine the same as the next person.
What really baffles me about wines is how a wine that is terrific with, say, a grilled steak, may actualy taste bad with a similar beef dish that has slichtly different flavoring, or merely different sided dishes. I've yet to figure out how to predict that!