...honest, real wines...
Sounds like it came directly from Alice Feiring's mouth (not that there is anything wrong with that)
While I have my preferences in the varietals I like (i.e. Cabernet Franc, Syrah and more recently Carignan over Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir [although that is most likely due to the dearth of available quality kosher Pinot]), the type of wine I like to drink is so massively driven by circumstance (mood, ambiance, company, food, etc.), that to categorize it would be a little fruitless.
As Josh alluded to (although a conversation about natural and manipulated wines surely deserves an extended thread of its own), many wines made today are manipulated to a flavor profile that the consumer wants (or has been led to believe it prefers), so much so that a tremendous number of wines produced today are virtually indistinguishable from one another and have no sense of place whatsoever, while still being incredible well-made wines that are delicious from a "hedonistic" perspective - making them less interesting to me. While this was historically more true with so-called New-World wines, I believe that the Old World has fallen victim to the phenomenon as well. All this besides the fact that the distinction no longer really exists, with Israel being a good example of a basically New-World wine region (depsite if thousands of years of wine-making history) where a number of New-World trained winemakers are trying to make what may be referred to as Old-World wine.
Given the number of wines I taste annually, I tend to prefer the ones that stand out in their uniqueness while coupled with food friendliness, so that they enhance a food-related experience which tends to be the center, one way or another, of the majority of my social interactions. In my experience, single varietal wines (or with some small blending percentage to enhance all the wine can , as with Tzora's Shoresh Blanc (which has some Chardonnay in it), Recanati's Syrah or Shirah's Power to the People (both of which have a bit of Viognier) tend to provide more of that then blends, although that is a general statement that has many quality exceptions including Castel's Grand Vin, Tzora's Misty Hills, recently Carmel's Limited Edition, Recanati's Special Reserve and even the Katzrin wines from the Golan Heights Winery.
As to manipulation, I think it is an overused word (likewise with natural) and but suggest a seperate thread to discuss that issue.