Brom, there is no criteria,so relax alittle !! I have visited Alsace, I like their style when compared to American-style. Again, when tasting German wines, no criteria ! The wines from these areas I seem to enjoy, thats all ! That doesn't mean you'll like them ! For its all about taste ! They seem dryer and higher acid balance 'without' the gobbs of fruit and sugar, unless you get to taste Spatlese or Trockenbeerenausleses, or Ice Wines. And to have these sweet wines, I need to be in the mood for them.There are people out there who like dryer wines as opposed to sweeter wines, and vice versa ! When Easter comes, I have noticed people buying White Zinfandel for Lamb and some for Ham. I ( personally ) wouldn't drink that with my dinner, but, you know something,if thats what people like, well, let them have it ! For its all about the wines ' YOU ' like, not me !!! I just prefer dryer styles, French Rose, Spanish Rose, a good quality Merlot, or Malbec. So sit back relax and enjoy !