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These are the totals for Voting Booth topics through September 1999:

The worst current wine trend is ...
Price inflation118 31%
International style wines50 13%
Wine for critics' palates24 6%
Cult wines11 2%
Speculators13 3%
Oak19 5%
Inappropriate sweetness5 1%
Anti-consumer laws97 25%
Loss of small retailers13 3%
'Stealth' labels10 2%
'Shelf talkers'8 2%
Other7 1%
None3 0%

379
100%
My pet is ...
Cat(s)96 28%
Dog(s)99 29%
Both cat(s) and dog(s)44 13%
Other mammal(s)2 0%
Fish11 3%
Bird(s)6 1%
Reptile(s)3 0%
Other2 0%
Multiple: my house is a menagerie19 5%
Between pets right now10 2%
None and no plans for any45 13%

337
100%
My ability to evaluate wine is ...
As good as it gets8 2%
Much better than most45 16%
Much better with known wines42 15%
Slightly better than most81 29%
About average41 14%
Not quite as good as most19 6%
Not very good25 9%
Don't care13 4%

275
100%
My partner ...
Doesn't drink alcohol22 8%
Drinks but not wine16 5%
Drinks only 'plonk'4 1%
Drinks wine without particular interest28 10%
Drinks wine with moderate interest74 27%
Very interested but not 'obsessive'71 26%
We share a high interest level47 17%
Even more obsessive than me6 2%
Could give lessons in obsession3 1%

271
100%
I would buy wine untasted under these circumstances ...
Familar producer but different year59 28%
Familiar region but unfamiliar producer6 2%
Famous producer4 1%
Highly regarded vintage13 6%
Published wine critic's rating39 19%
Wine Lovers Discussion Group advice19 9%
Other online source3 1%
Retailer's recommendation12 5%
Friend's recommendation or word-of-mouth20 9%
Other2 0%
I always buy wine without tasting20 9%
I never buy wine without tasting7 3%

204
100%
Here's how I keep my wine ...
Simple wine rack41 14%
Uninsulated closet23 7%
Insulated closet7 2%
Built-in "passive" cellar101 34%
Built-in temperature-controlled cellar38 13%
Free-standing cellar unit41 14%
Converted refrigerator10 3%
Professional storage22 7%
Other5 1%
Don't cellar wine3 1%

291
100%
I am ...
Male under 2511 3%
Male 26-3578 24%
Male 36-4578 24%
Male 46-5559 18%
Male 56-6524 7%
Male 66-756 1%
Male over 751 0%
Female under 256 1%
Female 26-3520 6%
Female 36-4522 6%
Female 46-557 2%
Female 56-652 0%
Female 66-751 0%
Female over 752 0%

317
100%
Here's how I use the Internet in buying wine ...
Not at all20 13%
Check prices or quality only56 37%
Local only10 6%
Occasionally from anywhere31 20%
Frequently from anywhere26 17%
Trade wines1 0%
Auctions5 3%
Other2 1%

151
100%
My favorite cork extractor is ...
T-type4 0%
Waiter's style104 25%
Two-winged puller71 17%
Ah-So39 9%
Pocket ScrewPull76 18%
Hand lever12 2%
Table-mounted7 1%
Air injector5 1%
Other6 1%
None0 0%

414
100%
The percentage of bottles of 'everyday' wine in my collection is ...
None4 2%
10%40 24%
20%28 16%
30%25 15%
40%11 6%
50%13 7%
60%8 4%
70%16 9%
80%5 3%
90%10 6%
100%5 3%

165
100%
The number of countries represented in my wine collection is ...
I don't collect wine1 0%
10 0%
25 2%
311 6%
412 6%
521 12%
614 8%
721 12%
820 11%
915 8%
1021 12%
1111 6%
127 4%
132 1%
141 0%
154 2%
16-207 4%
More than 202 1%

175
100%
The grape that dominates my wine collection is ...
Oops! I accidentally overwrote the totals before recording them. If someone has a copy of the results taken sometime close to April 25, please send them to me by E-mail.
I believe the most underrated wine grape is ...
Albariño1 0%
Aligoté0 0%
Barbera0 0%
Brunello0 0%
Cabernet Franc10 3%
Chenin Blanc45 15%
Furmint2 0%
Gamay1 0%
Gewürztraminer8 2%
Grenache5 1%
Grüner Veltliner5 1%
Malbec5 1%
Malvasia1 0%
Marsanne1 0%
Mourvèdre7 2%
Muscat12 4%
Nebbiolo8 2%
Palomino0 0%
Pedro Ximénez1 0%
Periquita3 1%
Pinot Blanc3 1%
Pinot Gris/Grigio4 1%
Pinotage1 0%
Riesling54 18%
Sangiovese11 3%
Semillon2 0%
Tempranillo32 10%
Viognier5 1%
Zinfandel16 5%
Other49 16%

292
100%
I am willing to buy the following wines with synthetic corks ...
All69 41%
Age less than 10 years15 8%
Age less than five years27 16%
Current consumption only42 25%
None15 8%

168
100%
Before drinking a First Growth Bordeaux I prefer to wait ...
New World - 0-4 years2 1%
New World - 5-9 years10 7%
New World - 10-14 years29 20%
New World - 15-19 years23 16%
New World - 20-24 years16 11%
New World - 25 years or more7 4%
Old World - 0-4 years1 0%
Old World - 5-9 years5 3%
Old World - 10-14 years14 9%
Old World - 15-19 years17 12%
Old World - 20-24 years10 7%
Old World - 25 or more7 4%

141
100%
The most significant effect of the French Paradox on my wine consuming habits is ...
No effect at all84 56%
That's why I started drinking wine6 4%
I drink less wine now0 0%
I drink more red and less white wine10 6%
I drink a different style of red wine now0 0%
I drink more wine and less liquor or beer14 9%
I drink more wine overall14 9%
More of my friends are drinking wine9 6%
I don't believe in the French Paradox7 4%
Other4 2%

148
100%
When I buy wine in a restaurant, I typically spend ...
$20 or less41 25%
$21-$3032 20%
$31-$4042 26%
$41-$5024 15%
$51-$6010 6%
$61-$703 1%
$71-$803 1%
$81-$900 0%
$91-$1002 1%
More than $1003 1%

160
100%
The most 'classic' Bordeaux vintage since 1980 is ...
19812 1%
198220 15%
19839 7%
198520 15%
198620 15%
198812 9%
198916 12%
199023 18%
19942 1%
19953 2%
Other0 0%

127
100%
I live in ...
Australia12 4%
Austria3 1%
Belgium4 1%
Canada20 7%
Channel Islands1 0%
Denmark1 0%
England9 3%
Finland2 0%
France1 0%
Germany6 2%
Ireland1 0%
Israel1 0%
Italy2 0%
Japan4 1%
Netherlands1 0%
New Zealand6 2%
Norway2 0%
Other Asia1 0%
Other Europe1 0%
Other2 0%
Scotland1 0%
Singapore1 0%
South Africa1 0%
Spain5 1%
Sweden9 3%
Switzerland3 1%
United States/Northeast61 21%
United States/Southeast29 10%
United States/Midwest45 16%
United States/Intermountain West6 2%
United States/California31 11%
United States/Northwest9 3%

281
100%
My best wine value of the year came from ...
Argentina1 0%
Australia16 13%
Austria4 3%
Canada2 1%
Chile2 1%
Eastern Europe0 0%
France31 26%
Germany5 4%
Greece0 0%
Italy14 11%
New Zealand3 2%
Portugal4 3%
South Africa3 2%
Spain15 12%
US18 15%
Other1 0%

119
100%
The greatest U.S. potential wine region outside California is ...
Arkansas0 0%
Indiana1 0%
Maryland1 0%
Michigan5 2%
Midwest1 0%
Missouri5 2%
New York14 7%
New England1 0%
Northeast other0 0%
Not otherwise listed4 2%
Oregon59 32%
Pennsylvania0 0%
Rocky Mountain2 1%
Southeast0 0%
Texas5 2%
Virginia6 3%
Washington78 42%

183
100%
My favorite Italian wine region is ...
Valle d'Aosta1 0%
Piedmont62 34%
Liguria0 0%
Lombardy1 0%
Trentino-Alto Adige4 2%
Veneto10 5%
Friuli-Venezia Giulia2 1%
Emilia-Romagna2 1%
Tuscany78 42%
Umbria2 1%
Marches1 0%
Latium0 0%
Abruzzi2 1%
Molise0 0%
Campania2 1%
Apulia4 2%
Basilicata1 0%
Calabria2 1%
Sardinia1 0%
Sicily6 3%

182
100%

Unfortunately, the trend of voting on this ballot strongly suggests that a ballot-stuffing effort inflated the totals in the "Piemonte" and "Tuscany" categories, and this non-scientific result should be viewed with that caveat.

How much influence does Robert Parker have on your current wine buying?
Faithful follower5 2%
Actively seek top-rated wines5 2%
Buy wines rated 90-plus11 5%
Heavy reliance but buy below 9025 11%
Read and buy 80-plus10 4%
Read but use only as guide46 21%
May use ratings if wine unknown17 8%
Don't read regularly but may use as guide28 13%
Little or no influence34 16%
No influence whatsoever18 8%
Actual negative influence6 2%
Don't know who he is4 1%
None of the above1 0%

210
100%
Here's how many wine books I own ...
None2 1%
1-1053 36%
11-2034 23%
21-3020 13%
31-4011 7%
41-507 4%
51-603 2%
61-702 1%
71-801 0%
81-901 0%
91-1004 2%
101-2006 4%
More than 2000 0%

145
100%
I usually spend the following percentage of my monthly wine budget in restaurants ...
Under 20 percent91 85%
20%-39%10 9%
40%-59%5 4%
60%-79%0 0%
80% or more0 0%

106
100%
My average monthly wine budget is ...
Under $5010 6%
$50-$9919 12%
$100-$19933 22%
$200-$29919 12%
$300-$39923 15%
$400-$49913 8%
$500-$7496 4%
$750-$99911 7%
$1000-$14998 5%
$1500-$19994 2%
$2000 or more2 1%

148
100%
The worst bottle of wine I have ever tasted came from ...
Alsace0 0%
Australia3 3%
Austria1 1%
Bordeaux8 8%
Burgundy/Red7 7%
Burgundy/White3 3%
Canada3 3%
Champagne0 0%
Hungary4 4%
Italy4 4%
Loire0 0%
Madeira0 0%
Mosel3 3%
Portugal2 2%
Rhein0 0%
Rhone0 0%
Sauternes0 0%
South Africa4 4%
Spain4 4%
US/California11 11%
US/Other24 24%
Other17 17%

99
100%
The best bottle of wine I have ever tasted came from ...
Alsace2 1%
Australia9 6%
Austria1 0%
Bordeaux47 32%
Burgundy/Red15 10%
Burgundy/White3 2%
Canada1 0%
Champagne1 0%
Hungary1 0%
Italy10 6%
Loire2 1%
Madeira1 0%
Mosel9 6%
Portugal5 3%
Rhein1 0%
Rhone7 4%
Sauternes5 3%
South Africa0 0%
Spain6 4%
US/California15 10%
US/Other1 0%
Other1 0%

143
100%
In my experience, I send wine back ...
Never15 15%
Rarely (less than once a year)49 51%
Occasionally (two or three times a year)26 27%
Regularly (every few months)5 5%
Frequently (every month or so)1 1%
Often (more than once a month)0 0%

96
100%
I usually surf the 'net for wine-related topics about ...
More than 4 hours a day1 0%
3-4 hours a day0 0%
2-3 hours a day10 9%
1-2 hours a day34 30%
Less than 1 hour a day16 14%
4-6 days a week21 18%
2-3 days a week8 7%
About once a week9 8%
Three times a month0 0%
Twice a month2 1%
Once a month4 3%
Less than monthly1 0%
This is my first time5 4%

111
100%
The oldest table wine I have ever tasted was ...
0-4 years old0 0%
5-96 4%
10-145 3%
15-198 6%
20-2416 12%
25-2912 9%
30-3415 11%
35-3912 9%
40-446 4%
45-496 4%
50-599 6%
60-6912 9%
70-796 4%
80-894 3%
90-992 1%
More than 10012 9%

131
100%
The oldest bottle of wine in my collection is ...
1995-present2 1%
1990-19947 3%
1985-198921 10%
1980-198422 11%
1975-197921 10%
1970-197430 15%
1960s45 23%
1950s14 7%
1925-194916 8%
1900-19244 2%
Before 190012 6%

194
100%
My 'threshold of pain' price level for wine for everyday drinking is ...
Under $51 0%
$5-$7.4910 6%
$7.50-$9.9923 14%
$10-$12.4929 17%
$12.50-$14.9934 20%
$15-$19.9934 20%
$20-$24.9918 11%
$25 and up14 8%

163
100%
Favorite wine region for dry whites?
Alsace20 16%
Australia2 1%
Austria7 5%
Bordeaux4 3%
Burgundy27 22%
California11 9%
Germany11 9%
Italy2 1%
Loire7 5%
New Zealand16 13%
Rhone0 0%
South Africa1 0%
Spain0 0%
U.S. Pacific Northwest11 9%
Other2 1%

121
100%

Because we had a number of technical problems with the vote on "most improved wine region," I don't feel the results are valid. Accordingly, we won't post them to the archives, but may re-run this ballot again sometime soon.

Where do you live?
Australia11 4%
Austria3 1%
Belgium2 0%
Brazil1 0%
Canada11 4%
Channel Islands1 0%
Denmark6 2%
England/London area4 1%
England/elsewhere3 1%
Finland2 0%
France/Paris1 0%
Germany/Munich2 0%
Germany/elsewhere7 2%
Italy1 0%
Japan6 2%
Netherlands1 0%
New Zealand1 0%
Norway1 0%
Portugal4 1%
Scotland1 0%
Singapore2 0%
South Africa3 1%
Spain/Madrid3 1%
Spain/elsewhere1 0%
Sweden7 2%
Switzerland3 1%
United States/Northeast52 20%
United States/Southeast35 13%
United States/Midwest35 13%
United States/Intermountain West7 2%
United States/California27 10%
United States/Northwest7 2%
Other5 1%

256
100%
What is your one most important factor in selecting a wine?
Price11 10%
The grape or blend18 16%
Country or region6 5%
Previous experience with the wine35 32%
Published review11 10%
WLDG review2 1%
Friends' comments8 7%
'Talker' or store display0 0%
Mood or whim10 9%
Other8 7%

109
100%
What is your favorite white wine grape?
Albariño1 0%
Bual0 0%
Chardonnay27 25%
Chenin Blanc7 6%
Fendant/Chasselas0 0%
Furmint0 0%
Gewurztraminer7 6%
Grüner Veltliner1 0%
Malvasia0 0%
Marsanne2 1%
Muscat1 0%
Palomino0 0%
Pedro Ximenez1 0%
Pinot Blanc2 1%
Pinot Gris/Grigio2 1%
Riesling37 34%
Rousanne0 0%
Sauvignon Blanc8 7%
Semillon3 2%
Seyval Blanc0 0%
Tocai Friulano0 0%
Viognier4 3%
Other3 2%

107
100%
What is your favorite red wine grape?
Cabernet Franc3 2%
Cabernet Sauvignon34 27%
Carignane0 0%
Cinsaut0 0%
Gamay1 1%
Grenache0 0%
Malbec0 0%
Merlot7 6%
Mourvedre3 2%
Nebbiolo3 2%
Petite Sirah1 2%
Pinot Noir36 29%
Pinotage0 0%
Sangiovese4 3%
Syrah19 15%
Tempranillo1 1%
Zinfandel12 10%
Other1 1%

125
100%

(Because of a minor glitch, the percentages had to be calculated by hand this week, and the total for Petite Sirah "guesstimated" at 1. Everything else should accurately reflect the actual vote.)

Which is more important in wine making ... "land" or "hand"?
Land (terroir)51 47%
Hand (wine making)56 51%

108
100%
My favorite published wine critic is ...
Oz Clarke2 1%
Malcolm Gluck1 0%
James Halliday1 0%
Hugh Johnson7 6%
Matt Kramer4 3%
Jerry Mead1 0%
Robert M. Parker Jr.41 35%
Frank Prial3 2%
Jancis Robinson13 11%
Stephen Tanzer11 9%
Wine Spectator8 7%
French-speaking critic1 0%
German-speaking critic1 0%
Spanish-speaking critic2 1%
Other14 12%
None4 3%

114
100%
I first became SERIOUS about wine appreciation at the age of ...
Under 160 0%
16-208 7%
21-2522 21%
26-3028 27%
31-3527 26%
36-4013 12%
41-503 2%
51-602 1%
Over 610 0%

103
100%
The amount of wine I normally drink in one day, when I'm having wine, is ...
Less than one glass0 0%
About one glass2 2%
Two glasses24 29%
Three glasses21 25%
Four glasses16 19%
One bottle14 17%
More than one bottle5 6%

82
100%

The one newer or less familiar wine-producing region or country I would most like to learn more about is ...
Argentina6 5%
Austria13 11%
Bulgaria1 0%
Chile12 10%
Czech Republic2 1%
Eastern US3 2%
Greece3 2%
Hungary2 1%
Israel1 0%
Lebanon1 0%
Madeira5 4%
New Zealand10 8%
North Africa1 0%
Portugal (other than Port)9 7%
Slovenia4 3%
South Africa10 8%
Spain20 17%
USSR1 0%
Other13 11%

117
100%

(Because of editorial incompetence, several significant countries and regions were left to "other." We apologize to everyone in Canada, the Pacific Northwest and Romania, among others ... )

The number of bottles of wine I usually taste in a week is ...
Less than 1 bottle per week2 1%
1 bottle7 5%
2 bottles19 13%
3 bottles16 11%
4 bottles18 13%
5 bottles21 15%
6 bottles9 6%
7 bottles14 10%
More than 7 bottles30 21%

138
100%
The size of my personal wine collection is ...
I don't collect wine9 5%
Less than 50 bottles13 8%
51-10017 10%
101-30038 24%
301-50025 15%
501-100031 19%
1001-500024 15%
More than 50001 0%

158
100%

Thanks to Colin Baxter for helping us reconstruct this missing archive!

Using its own 100-point scale, I rate The Wine Spectator's tasting notes as ...
96-1002 1%
91-958 7%
86-9017 15%
81-8529 26%
76-8021 19%
71-757 6%
66-7010 9%
61-658 7%
60 or below7 6%

110
100%
Using his own 50- to 100-point scale, I rate Robert Parker as ...
96-10011 9%
91-9536 32%
86-9039 34%
81-8513 11%
76-803 2%
71-754 3%
66-700 0%
61-651 0%
60 or below5 4%

112
100%
The average amount I spend (in U.S. dollars) for 1 bottle of the wine that I buy regularly is ...
Under $51 0%
$5-$1036 26%
$10-$1546 33%
$15-$2034 24%
$20-$258 5%
$25-$309 6%
$30-$402 1%
$40-$500 0%
More than $501 0%

138
100%

The country or region that represents the largest share of my wine buying (or collection) is ...
Australia10 6.89%
Bordeaux26 17.93%
Burgundy9 6.2%
Germany5 3.44%
Italy6 4.13%
Rhone7 4.82%
Spain3 2.06%
United States69 47.58%
Other10 6.89%

145
100%

My collection of wine (or the wine I purchase) is comprised of...
Nearly all red wine52 23.96%
Over 90% red55 25.34%
About 75% red wine61 28.11%
Equal number of red and white24 11.05%
About 75% white wine7 3.22%
Over 90% white3 1.38%
Nearly all white wine5 2.3%

217
100%

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