Wines with a "forward" flavor have brighter, fruitier flavors.
Softer wines have a mellower range of flavors and aromas.
The best way to find out is simply sample many different varietals and kinds of wine: red, white, sweet, dry, dessert, and so forth.
You should consider asking a tasting room employee at a local winery, as they are well versed in helping locate specific ranges of wines for their clients, and will be sure to help find a wine that appeals to you. Not only that, they are friendly, and will gladly share their knowledge with you, something not always possible in other settings.
This article was written by OregonWines.com staff.