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Following are the Wine Lovers' Voting Booth results for the years 2001, 2000 and the last few weeks of 1999:

Dec. 28, 2001

Total Votes: 404

How many wines did you taste during 2001?

Less than 6 4 (0%)
6-12 (monthly or less) 13 (3%)
13-24 (about two per month) 21 (5%)
25-52 (weekly or less) 52 (12%)
53-104 (up to twice a week) 57 (14%)
105-156 (up to three times a week) 49 (12%)
157-182 (about every other day) 41 (10%)
183-365 (up to daily) 54 (13%)
365-500 38 (9%)
500 or more 75 (18%)


Dec. 14, 2001

Total Votes: 219

Perfect gift for a wine fanatic

Riedel "1982 First Growth Bordeaux" Glass 8 (3%)
Screwpull lever screw-cap unscrewer 11 (5%)
Wine Spectator Guide to Robert Parker's Top Wines 16 (7%)
Bang & Olufsen Virtual Disc Drink Coaster 1 (0%)
WineLoversPage.com "gimme" cap 1 (0%)
WineLoversPage.com "gimme" top hat 2 (0%)
Laguiole corkscrew with mastodon tusk handle 23 (10%)
Oak-Away de-flavoring agent 12 (5%)
Magne-Cave miracle wine aging magnet 1 (0%)
Baby's first Riedel - the Vinum Sippy Cup 12 (5%)
Yellow rain slicker for sip-and-spit tastings 2 (0%)
Sterling silver Champagne de-bubbler 1 (0%)
Waterproof PDA for recording wine notes 4 (1%)
Wireless PDA for posting wine notes live on the Web 6 (2%)
L.L. Bean hand-knitted wine-bottle cozy 3 (1%)
Battery-powered wineglass swirler 7 (3%)
Book light for reading winelist in dim eatery 2 (0%)
Lawrence Welk's "Best Wine Themes" on CD 3 (1%)
Mahogany trophy case for prized empty bottles 15 (6%)
Ferragamo tie with wine-label pattern 4 (1%)
Yves Saint Laurent boxer shorts with wine-label pattern 6 (2%)
"Petrus-in-a-can" room air freshener 19 (8%)
Other (fill-in) 60 (27%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • $100 ( or $200 ?) gift certficate from his/her local wine shop (1 votes)
  • "That wine is mine" (1 votes)
  • "Vintage!" Palm PDA Wine tasting-pairing Journal and cellar inventory (1 votes)
  • "Wine descriptor" magnetic fridge poetry kit (1 votes)
  • 30 year old copy of Alexis Lachine for wine history (1 votes)
  • A 3pack of N.Z. Cream Liqueurs from European Vintage Wines[New Zealand] (1 votes)
  • A Bottle of 1982 Lafite (1 votes)
  • A bottle of Pétrus or Romanée-Conti - good vintage (1 votes)
  • a bottle of wine (1 votes)
  • A combination of all of the above (1 votes)
  • A good bottle of WINE!!! (1 votes)
  • A licensed Tom Hill Cod-Piece (1 votes)
  • A matuzalem of a great wine (1 votes)
  • A selection of imported beers (1 votes)
  • A silk hankerchief to sob into when that special bottle turns out to be corked. (1 votes)
  • A travel cooler that will always keep my whites and reds at the precise optimum serving temperature! (1 votes)
  • a vineyard would suit me fine (1 votes)
  • A Wine-Loving Significant Other (1 votes)
  • Autographed Stuart & other photo (1 votes)
  • Bordeaux First Growth from a great year (1 votes)
  • bottle of 1996 mouton rothschild (1 votes)
  • Champagne flavoured toothpaste (1 votes)
  • champagne saber ! (1 votes)
  • computerized wine analyzer so i can be spared tasting sub 95 point wines (1 votes)
  • Designer Burgundy Grand Cru in a Can air freshner (1 votes)
  • Double Magnum Cork Screw (1 votes)
  • Dressing screen painted as a full wine cellar (1 votes)
  • Enough foie gras to justify opening a special stickie (1 votes)
  • gift certificate to a favorite wine shop (1 votes)
  • Gift certificate to local wine shop - they will want to select themselves (1 votes)
  • Gift certificate to their favorite wine store! (1 votes)
  • Good wine (1 votes)
  • hocine (2 votes)
  • Jancis Robinson in a stocking (1 votes)
  • Jancis Robinson's Guide to wine on the Internet with a forward by Robin Garr (1 votes)
  • Judging what most wine geek men look like and dress...the best gift you can give them is a woman!! (1 votes)
  • Jumbo drum of "Draper perfume" (1 votes)
  • Louis Vuitton leather Riedel Glass and Bottle Tote (1 votes)
  • my personal sommelier.com (1 votes)
  • One bottle from each of the Virginia wineries, based on their most notable selection. (1 votes)
  • one Bottle St.Joseph ,Trollat (1 votes)
  • One respectably large stone from the best section/owner-producer's portion of every one of the world (1 votes)
  • Picnic-Time Wine Tote (1 votes)
  • Post War to present La Tâche vertical ! (1 votes)
  • Replacement liver so can taste more wine (1 votes)
  • Riedel one-liter glass (1 votes)
  • Subscription to eRobertParker.com (1 votes)
  • That nifty Japanese pill that allows you to drink all your want and not get drunk! (1 votes)
  • The Bottomless Bottle Of Sangiovese (1 votes)
  • Theresa and a dozen figs (1 votes)
  • Time Machine (1 votes)
  • Um. Wine? (1 votes)
  • Wine (3 votes)
  • wine picturesphotos,prints for the cellar (1 votes)
  • Wine thermometer (1 votes)
  • WINE! (1 votes)
  • wine-geek bullshit sifter (1 votes)


Nov. 26, 2001

Total Votes: 508

The best French wine value comes from ...

Alsace 29 (5%)
Beaujolais/Mâcon 123 (24%)
Bordeaux 32 (6%)
Burgundy 8 (1%)
Champagne 3 (0%)
Jura/Ain/Savoie 2 (0%)
Languedoc 102 (20%)
Roussillon 7 (1%)
Sud-Ouest 13 (2%)
Provence 14 (2%)
Loire 48 (9%)
Rhone 127 (25%)


Nov. 16, 2001

Total Votes: 633

My favorite cork extractor is ...

T-type 6 (0%)
Waiter's style 274 (43%)
Two-winged puller 75 (11%)
Two-prong type 43 (6%)
Pocket ScrewPull 91 (14%)
Hand lever 88 (13%)
Table-mounted 14 (2%)
Air injector 14 (2%)
Other (Fill-in) 26 (4%)
None 2 (0%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • "Rabbit" (1 votes)
  • A larger, carved wood ScrewPull (1 votes)
  • articulated waiter's style (1 votes)
  • Cruise Ship :~) (1 votes)
  • double hinged pull-tap (waiter's style) (1 votes)
  • double hinged waiter Style, with teflon worm (1 votes)
  • Drywall screw and a pair of pliers (1 votes)
  • Modified Waiter's Style with hinged lever (1 votes)
  • Monica Lewinsky (1 votes)
  • my husband (or any other willing & able-handed male) (1 votes)
  • Napoleon style - because the top resembles his hat! (1 votes)
  • Non wing puller (1 votes)
  • Pull-tap (1 votes)
  • Pulltaps waiter's corkscreww (1 votes)
  • Rabbit (1 votes)
  • Screw Pull (1 votes)
  • ScrewPull with the horizontal attachment to rotate the screw (1 votes)
  • Single Spindle (Monopol) (1 votes)
  • the screw is "turned" down into the bottle (1 votes)
  • Trudeau (1 votes)
  • tupperware corkscrew (1 votes)
  • VacuVin (1 votes)
  • Wing Nut (screw down as with two-winged puller, then extract cork by turning wing nut.) (1 votes)
  • Zyliss (2 votes)
  • zyliss cork screw (1 votes)


Oct. 26, 2001

Total Votes: 634

What is your least favorite wine?

Amarone 4 (0%)
Beaujolais 20 (3%)
Chardonnay 58 (9%)
Gewurztraminer 23 (3%)
French hybrids 10 (1%)
Icewine 15 (2%)
Labrusca 24 (3%)
Lambrusco 24 (3%)
Madeira 7 (1%)
Merlot 19 (2%)
Port 11 (1%)
Primitivo 1 (0%)
Retsina 65 (10%)
Riesling 9 (1%)
Sauvignon Blanc 13 (2%)
Semillon 4 (0%)
Sherry 41 (6%)
Viognier 3 (0%)
White Zinfandel 161 (25%)
Other (fill-in) 92 (14%)
None: I like 'em all!! 30 (4%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • 1988 silver oak "bonnys" (1 votes)
  • American wine (1 votes)
  • any pink wine (1 votes)
  • Any whites wine, excluding Champagne, which is a sparkling white wine. (1 votes)
  • Any wine that's corked. (1 votes)
  • Anything French (1 votes)
  • anything from chile (1 votes)
  • Anything over-oaked (1 votes)
  • Anything that is primarily pinot noir. (1 votes)
  • Arbor Mist (1 votes)
  • Argentine Torrontes (1 votes)
  • Aussie Shiraz (1 votes)
  • Australian Cab Sav (1 votes)
  • Australian Semillon (1 votes)
  • australian shiraz (1 votes)
  • Australian Shiraz - as close to crap as you can get! (1 votes)
  • baby duck : ~) (1 votes)
  • Banyuls (1 votes)
  • Barbera (3 votes)
  • Barrel wine (i.e. wine whose variety is obscured by its barrel) (1 votes)
  • Blauer Portugieser (1 votes)
  • Bordeaux (1 votes)
  • cabernet (2 votes)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (2 votes)
  • Califonia Chardonnay (1 votes)
  • California Cabs - terrible QPR & bad w/ food (1 votes)
  • CALIFORNIA Chardonnay (2 votes)
  • Cashew Fruit Wine from Belize (1 votes)
  • champagne (1 votes)
  • Champagne and other white sparklers, but I love sparkling shiraz (1 votes)
  • cheap tasting (1 votes)
  • chenin blanc (1 votes)
  • Chianti (1 votes)
  • D'Alba (1 votes)
  • dolcetto (1 votes)
  • Domestic bulk process "champagne" (1 votes)
  • Gavi-there's no there there! (1 votes)
  • Grumer Veltliner (1 votes)
  • Leflaive white Burgundy. Don't buy it, folks. It's repulsive! Cor hates it, too! (1 votes)
  • Liebfraumilch (2 votes)
  • madiran (2 votes)
  • Muscadine ('Scuppernog') (1 votes)
  • muscat (1 votes)
  • new world (1 votes)
  • No particular Variety, but late picked/Botrytis Wines are a definite "No" for me. (1 votes)
  • Nouveau Beaujolais (1 votes)
  • Pinot (1 votes)
  • pinot grigio (2 votes)
  • Pinot Noir (2 votes)
  • Pinotage (6 votes)
  • Red Burgundy. Believe it, or not. (1 votes)
  • red zinfandel (1 votes)
  • Reichensteiner (1 votes)
  • Rkatsiteli (1 votes)
  • Roija (1 votes)
  • shiraz (1 votes)
  • South Arican wines as a general region (1 votes)
  • spanish red wine (1 votes)
  • sticky kosher corcorde-based wines. (1 votes)
  • sweet fake champagnes like baby duck yuuucchh!! (1 votes)
  • Sylvaner and Oaked Chardonnay (1 votes)
  • Syrah (2 votes)
  • Turkish reds....just ghastly (1 votes)
  • V. rotundifolia (1 votes)
  • Vin Jaune (Bile in a bucket) (1 votes)
  • vinho verde (may as well drink Pellegrino) (1 votes)
  • White Bordeaux (1 votes)
  • White stickies (1 votes)
  • Wine Coolers (1 votes)
  • Wine in a box. (1 votes)
  • Yuch (1 votes)
  • Zinfandel (5 votes)
  • Zinfandel (red and white) (1 votes)


Oct. 12, 2001

Total Votes: 583

What is the vintage of the oldest wine you own?

1990s 136 (23%)
1980s 152 (26%)
1970s 104 (17%)
1960s 80 (13%)
1950s 40 (6%)
1940s 16 (2%)
1930s 7 (1%)
1920s 11 (1%)
1910s 6 (1%)
1900s 11 (1%)
pre-1900 20 (3%)


Total Votes: 175

Do you take wine notes when dining with non-wine friends?

Never 73 (41%)
Seldom 38 (21%)
Sometimes 37 (21%)
Frequently 17 (9%)
Always 10 (5%)


Total Votes: 925

"First-growth" Vintage Ports?

Churchill 12 (1%)
Cockburn 16 (1%)
Croft 14 (1%)
Dow 139 (15%)
Ferreira 10 (1%)
Fonseca 158 (17%)
Gould Campbell 1 (0%)
Graham 116 (12%)
Martinez 4 (0%)
Niepoort 42 (4%)
Offley Forrester 1 (0%)
Quinta do Crasto 11 (1%)
Quinta do Noval 113 (12%)
Ramos-Pinto 9 (0%)
Sandeman 17 (1%)
Smith Woodhouse 6 (0%)
Taylor, Fladgate (Taylor's) 172 (18%)
Warre 84 (9%)


Total Votes: 358

How many wine glasses have you broken in the past year?

0 (Glass) 44 (12%)
1-2 145 (40%)
3-4 88 (24%)
5-6 41 (11%)
7-8 16 (4%)
9-10 6 (1%)
11-12 7 (1%)
13 or more 8 (2%)
Don't know 1 (0%)
Don't care 2 (0%)


Total Votes: 328

Do serious wine enthusiasts have fewer kids?

serious, no children 109 (33%)
serious, 1 child 28 (8%)
serious, 2 children 70 (21%)
serious, 3 children or more 54 (16%)
casual, no children 27 (8%)
casual, 1 child 8 (2%)
casual, 2 children 24 (7%)
casual, 3 children or more 8 (2%)


Total Votes: 249

Serving wine with food

95% or more 79 (31%)
85-94% 57 (22%)
75-84% 40 (16%)
65-74% 20 (8%)
55-64% 17 (6%)
45-54% 15 (6%)
35-44% 6 (2%)
25-34% 7 (2%)
15-24% 3 (1%)
5-14% 3 (1%)
under 5% 2 (0%)


Total Votes: 294

Do you let wines breathe?

I don't let wines breathe 66 (22%)
Immature reds only 98 (33%)
All immature wines 30 (10%)
Specific wine types (fill-in) 28 (9%)
All reds 61 (20%)
All wines 11 (3%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • all age-worthy reds (1 votes)
  • All Bordeaux, young tannic Cal Cabs and Italians (1 votes)
  • Almost all wines. That's why I drink an entire bottle in one during a 4 hour span. (1 votes)
  • Barolo and Barbaresco (1 votes)
  • Bordeaux and Bordeaux style (1 votes)
  • Bordeaux older than 2 years (1 votes)
  • Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tuscan, Barbaresco, Barolo, Amarone (1 votes)
  • cabs and bordeaux (1 votes)
  • clarets, rhone region - that have benefited from 2 years aging + (1 votes)
  • full bodied reds (1 votes)
  • Full bodied, usually my more expesive reds that I have cellared for aging. (1 votes)
  • I taste first! (1 votes)
  • I taste it first and decide. (1 votes)
  • immature ageworthy reds (1 votes)
  • immature reds plus "big" reds whose bouquet would benefit from a little airing (1 votes)
  • immature wines in general, but prefer decanting to just pulling the cork (1 votes)
  • mature reds (1 votes)
  • mature riesling (1 votes)
  • Merlots and Cabs (1 votes)
  • Most N. Italian Piedmont especially (1 votes)
  • most of the "super toscans" over 5-6 years old (1 votes)
  • older, more mature reds (1 votes)
  • Only Vintage Reds (1 votes)
  • Sometimes but only in the glass...Large glasses are as good as decanters for this. (1 votes)
  • tannic reds (1 votes)
  • The reds I generally let "breathe" while I nurture then in the glass. (1 votes)
  • Wines that are too acidic on first sip (1 votes)
  • Yes, of course immature reds, but also specific varietals: e.g., cabernet franc and rhone reds (1 votes)


Total Votes: 590

Does your partner share your passion for wine?

Fully shares my folly 80 (13%)
Included cellar inventory in pre-nuptial agreement 3 (0%)
Outperforms me in blind tastings 31 (5%)
Has a remarkable palate and knows it 32 (5%)
Has a remarkable palate but pretends ignorance 37 (6%)
Likes wine but isn't as geeky about it as I am 182 (30%)
Can't tell red from white 7 (1%)
Likes wine but doesn't like the amount I spend on it 82 (13%)
Justifies expenditures by comparing them to my wine budget 36 (6%)
Considers my wine a rival for his/her affection 20 (3%)
Considers my wine merchant a rival for his/her affection 10 (1%)
Hates the stuff and always will 14 (2%)
Other (fill-in) 56 (9%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • allergic to wine (1 votes)
  • Beer, on the other hand, is *his* passion (1 votes)
  • Dislikes any alcohol, but enjoys it vicariously through others!!!! (1 votes)
  • Dislikes but is willing to try certain food and wine pairings (1 votes)
  • does not drink (1 votes)
  • Does not drink at all. (1 votes)
  • doesn't care much for wine (1 votes)
  • Doesn't drink but loves to make fun of my wining (1 votes)
  • doesn't like the amount I spend on wine but always helps me finish the bottle (1 votes)
  • Doesn't really care for it but will drink a glass with me. (1 votes)
  • Doesn't understand the passion for wine and the history of wine making countries(Spain, Italy, etc.. (1 votes)
  • Dont have one :( (1 votes)
  • Drinks a little bubbly and non oaked chardonnay. (1 votes)
  • enjoys drinking wine, and attending regular tastings ; doesn't enjoy reading about it .. (1 votes)
  • enjoys the time together looking for it (1 votes)
  • Feels WE Deserve It ...It's our olny indulgence (1 votes)
  • Has a rare sip of white, but really doesn't drink or appreciate wine. (1 votes)
  • Has WAY more expensive tastes than I do! (1 votes)
  • He likes smooth dry reds, I like sweet white, but switch when necessary (1 votes)
  • Is a wine salesperson (1 votes)
  • Isn't comfortable having a glass a day and doesn't appreciate the weight gain I experience (1 votes)
  • just dipping her toe in the water (1 votes)
  • likes me in direct positive proportion to the quality of the wine I serve her (1 votes)
  • Likes wine OK, but could live without it (1 votes)
  • Likes wine, allergic and can't drink (1 votes)
  • Little experience with wine but is interested in learning (1 votes)
  • Loves red but has an allergy that restricts her drinking to whites and occasional sips of red (1 votes)
  • loves to drink it but refuses to help select a btl (1 votes)
  • My cat doesn't care for it. (1 votes)
  • my wife only likes ONE wine--period. (1 votes)
  • no current partner (1 votes)
  • No partner, so I drink for two. (1 votes)
  • Not a fan of wine, but supports my interest (1 votes)
  • Not a wine fan but I'm working on it (1 votes)
  • Only shares the ones with Residual sugar over 10% (1 votes)
  • Other than wine that has obviously turned, my wife never met a wine she doesn't like! (1 votes)
  • prefers jug white, but likes to taste anything (1 votes)
  • Roommate (dog) hopelessly indifferent to wine (1 votes)
  • she drinks half a glass, I drink the balance of a bottle!! (1 votes)
  • She likes California chard/ whites - I prefer Zin/ reds (1 votes)
  • She only likes one type of wine (1 votes)
  • She understands me. (1 votes)
  • taken many wine appreciation courses with me and still doesn't know sauv. blanc is a white wine grap (1 votes)
  • thinks Wine Lovers Page is the BEST on the net (1 votes)
  • Though she claims total novice status, she can tell when she's tasting a wine we've had before. (1 votes)
  • tolerates is more like it (1 votes)
  • tolerates it (1 votes)
  • used to like chablis but now does not drink. (1 votes)
  • we are both just starting to appreciate it together (1 votes)
  • we feed each other's passion for wine...though he claims I am a wine snob!!! (1 votes)
  • We meeting wine tasting, the perfect drinking partner (1 votes)
  • Will drink whatever I put in front of him -- it all tastes the same to him anyway... (1 votes)
  • Wine is just OK, but loves the trips (1 votes)
  • Wish I had a partner to find out how they are about wine. (1 votes)
  • wishes he was French to understand wine better :) (1 votes)
  • would rather have a beer than a beaujolais!!! (1 votes)


Total Votes: 167

Wine lover's epiphany

At home 39 (23%)
Dining in a restaurant 25 (14%)
Dinner at a friend's 13 (7%)
In a wine store 9 (5%)
Wine tasting event 14 (8%)
Wine appreciation course 5 (2%)
Visiting a winery 22 (13%)
I grew up with wine 12 (7%)
It hasn't occurred yet 1 (0%)
Other (fill-in) 27 (16%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • ? Can't remember such an occassion. Was probably already drunk! (1 votes)
  • A college "Wine Tasting" with friends, we were trying to be sophisticated! (1 votes)
  • a friend "introduced" me to "good" wine- a bottle of piesporter- (1 votes)
  • a wine immersion seminar for work. (1 votes)
  • After I joined a wine tasting club (1 votes)
  • at a friend's party (1 votes)
  • At a winemakers dinner where each course was matched with a wine. (1 votes)
  • at culinary school (1 votes)
  • At my parents' house (1 votes)
  • At work waiting tables (1 votes)
  • business trip (1 votes)
  • hanging around a glass of '70 Leoville las Cases (1 votes)
  • Having a broiled salmon topped off ont he grill with new potaote, Robert Mondavi Coastal Merlot,, (1 votes)
  • hotel room (1 votes)
  • Just a sparkle in my father's eye (1 votes)
  • Living in Burgundy during college (1 votes)
  • No epiphany - it's an insidious disease! (1 votes)
  • not in a sudden event (1 votes)
  • Online (1 votes)
  • Party I was hosting (1 votes)
  • reading a wine book (1 votes)
  • Trader Joe's, when the all those '70 petit chateaux arrived (1 votes)
  • When I found the WLDG (1 votes)
  • Why in the world would I love a beverage, I enjoy wine but love it?! (1 votes)
  • Wine industry class in business school (1 votes)
  • working in a restaurant (1 votes)
  • Working in a restaurant at an early age, fell in love with wines from Burgundy (1 votes)


Total Votes: 596

How many of the wines you taste are "corked"?

More than 1 of every 10 bottles 28 (4%)
About 1 in every 10 bottles (10%) 45 (7%)
About 1 in 20 bottles (5%) 121 (20%)
About 1 in 30 bottles (3%) 112 (18%)
Less than 1 in 30 bottles 222 (37%)
I never tasted a corked wine 52 (8%)
I don't know how to detect cork taint 16 (2%)


Total Votes: 374

Top Chardonnay or Riesling region

White Burgundy 78 (20%)
Other French Chardonnay 3 (0%)
U.S. Chardonnay 26 (6%)
Australian Chardonnay 12 (3%)
New Zealand Chardonnay 4 (1%)
Italian Chardonnay 1 (0%)
Other Chardonnay 2 (0%)
Alsatian Riesling 56 (14%)
German Riesling 127 (33%)
Italian Riesling 1 (0%)
Washington State Riesling 15 (4%)
Finger Lakes Riesling 10 (2%)
Other U.S. Riesling 6 (1%)
Austrian Riesling 10 (2%)
Australian Riesling 12 (3%)
New Zealand Riesling 6 (1%)
Other Riesling 5 (1%)


Total Votes: 161

Here's how I update my cellar records

Immediately after any change. 56 (34%)
Weekly on a regular schedule. 6 (3%)
After shopping trips but not individual bottles. 7 (4%)
Procrastinate for a while, then catch up. 40 (24%)
Procrastinate, never catch up. 17 (10%)
It's all in my head. 13 (8%)
I don't keep cellar records. 9 (5%)
I don't have a wine collection. 2 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 11 (6%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • 75% Immediately, 25% Procrastinate, then catch up. (1 votes)
  • contemporaneously by hand, update database report every 4-6 months. (1 votes)
  • I make immediate changes using pen on a print-out, but record the changes on computer irregularly (1 votes)
  • I retain Vinoté neck tags from opened bottles for soberly recording later. (1 votes)
  • It's "mostly" in my head (1 votes)
  • lack of records make it harder for spouse to track purchases (1 votes)
  • Make a note on the print-out then update the computer database about once a month. (1 votes)
  • Partially in my head. For reference I save the receipts which identify the bottles purchased. (1 votes)
  • procrastinate, intending to catch up, but still procrastinating... (1 votes)
  • within a day or two.... (1 votes)
  • Years ago I took a date down to my cellar and played some records, but to no avail...sigh... (1 votes)


Total Votes: 228

Do you keep a record of what's in your cellar?

Yes - commercial wine software program. 35 (15%)
Yes - home-grown software. 14 (6%)
Yes - standard spreadsheet program. 49 (21%)
Yes - standard database program. 28 (12%)
Yes - notes on paper, not computerized. 33 (14%)
No - commercial wine-storage facility keeps my records. 1 (0%)
No - but I wish I did. 26 (11%)
No - and I don't care. 12 (5%)
Other (fill-in) 30 (13%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • an inventory of the wines in each wooden box (1 votes)
  • Built my own MS Access Database (1 votes)
  • Connercial Storage - Yes (Excel); Home wine - No (1 votes)
  • Envelope of receipts, crossed off when gone (1 votes)
  • Hugh Johnsons Cellar Book (1 votes)
  • I did, until I amassed too much wine (1 votes)
  • in my head (2 votes)
  • it's all up here (tapping head) (1 votes)
  • Just a standard text file on my computer. (1 votes)
  • Keep printed tasting notes of some of my wines. (1 votes)
  • loose leaf cellar notebook (1 votes)
  • No - I do care but like suprises (1 votes)
  • No but I know mostly what's there (20 ish cases) (1 votes)
  • No--I enjoy the hands-on selection process (1 votes)
  • No. I still think I can manage without a record, but I'm starting to have some doubts (1 votes)
  • Only when it gets beyond 100 bottles, which is rare. (1 votes)
  • Spradsheet. I also have Parker's software but it is too cumbersonme (1 votes)
  • Text file (1 votes)
  • Use database program for long-term agers only; 75% or more are for daily consumption, so not entered (1 votes)
  • winekeep.com (1 votes)
  • winespectator.com [ersonal wine list (1 votes)
  • Word 97 documents (1 votes)
  • Word Perfect list (1 votes)
  • Yes - my rapidly-eroding memory (1 votes)
  • Yes - web-based www.bottlecount.com (1 votes)
  • Yes -- on computer, using word processing software (1 votes)
  • Yes there is the new web-based WineKeep.com (1 votes)
  • Yes, I memorize every wine I buy. I have about 9 bottles now. (1 votes)
  • Yes, Parker's Software, but very behind (1 votes)


Total Votes: 185

How helpful is your wine shop?

Poor 6 (3%)
Limited 11 (5%)
Some 22 (11%)
Good 59 (31%)
Excellent 87 (47%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • 5 Wine Cellar youngstown, Ohio (1 votes)
  • 36th street and 3rd avenue (1 votes)
  • 4, LCBO Churchill Plaza, SSMarie, ON, Canada (1 votes)
  • 5 (1 votes)
  • All Star Wine & Spirits, Latham, NY (1 votes)
  • Ashe's Wines and Spirits Knoxville, TN (1 votes)
  • Bannockburn Cellars, Geelong Australia (1 votes)
  • Bassin's Macarthur's Wine and Liquors (1 votes)
  • Bassin's/MacArthur Beverages (1 votes)
  • Berbiglia (1 votes)
  • Binny's in Naperville (JOE) (1 votes)
  • Brookline Liquor Mart (1 votes)
  • Calvert Woodley, Washington, DC (1 votes)
  • classic wine co. (1 votes)
  • classic wine co., B`ham, Al. (1 votes)
  • cloverleaf fine wine and spirits, southfield,MI (1 votes)
  • Coit Liquors, San Francisco, California (1 votes)
  • Colio Estates Wine Boutique Windsor ont. (1 votes)
  • Corti Brothers, Sacramento, CA (1 votes)
  • Crown Wine and Sprits Coral Gables (1 votes)
  • Daily Planet Wine & Gourmet (1 votes)
  • Dana Decker's Wine Shoppe,Fayetteville,NY (1 votes)
  • Decanter Fine Wines, Columbia, MD (1 votes)
  • Discount Liquor, (Milwaukee, WI) (1 votes)
  • Downer WIne & Spirits, Milwaukee WI - Excellent (1 votes)
  • E & R Wines/Portland, OR (1 votes)
  • Eastman Road Party Store Midland, Michgan (1 votes)
  • Edgemont Village Wines, North Vancouver, BC (1 votes)
  • Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market (1 votes)
  • Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market, Richmond, VA (1 votes)
  • Essex Green Fine Wine, West Orange, NJ (1 votes)
  • excellent (1 votes)
  • First Glass Wines and Spirits, Takapuna, New Zealand (1 votes)
  • FOSTER LIQUOR WICHITA KS. (1 votes)
  • FountainHead Wines, Norwalk, CT (1 votes)
  • GOLD STANDARD (1 votes)
  • GOLD STANDARD/RIVER GROVE IL (1 votes)
  • Gouden Ton, Rotterdam, Holland (1 votes)
  • Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop (828) 526-5210 (1 votes)
  • Irondequoit Plaza Discount Wine and Liquor Store (1 votes)
  • J. Emerson's in Richmond, VA (1 votes)
  • J. Webb Wine Merchant Ltd. Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1 votes)
  • K & L Wines (1 votes)
  • Kermit Lynch - Berkeley, CA (1 votes)
  • l'Or du Vin, Paris, France (1 votes)
  • L.A. Wine Company (1 votes)
  • La Vigneronne, London, England (2 votes)
  • LCBO Vintages (2 votes)
  • Liquor Barn in Lexington, Ky (1 votes)
  • Los Olivos Wine and Spirits Emporium (1 votes)
  • Lukas Liquors, Greenwood Village, CO (1 votes)
  • MAB liquors; east meadow, L.I., ny (1 votes)
  • MacArthur Beverages (1 votes)
  • MacArthur Beverages Washington, DC (1 votes)
  • MacArthurs, Washington DC (1 votes)
  • Market Wine Company; Dayton, OH (1 votes)
  • Martin's Wine Cellar, New Orleans, Louisiana (1 votes)
  • Marty's in Newton, MA (1 votes)
  • McArthur Liquor, Washington DC (1 votes)
  • McCarthy & Schearing, Seattle, Queen Anne (1 votes)
  • McCarthy & Schiering (Seattle) (1 votes)
  • Merchant's Package - Marietta, Georgia (1 votes)
  • Meridian Wine & Spirits - Lafayette, CO (2 votes)
  • Michael Charles, Boardman, OH (1 votes)
  • Mill Hill Wines, London NW7 England (1 votes)
  • Morris Miller Liquors, Washington, D.C. (1 votes)
  • Nehring's Sendiks on Oakland/Milwaukee, WI (1 votes)
  • Ni Fen Epicurean, Shelby, NC (1 votes)
  • Oaken Keg, Fairbanks Alaska (1 votes)
  • Odd Bin's Bottle Shop, New Haven, CT (1 votes)
  • Old Mill Wine and Spirits, New Albany (1 votes)
  • Old Town Liquors, Louisville, KY (1 votes)
  • Party Source, Bellevue, KY (1 votes)
  • Party Source, Louisville, KY (1 votes)
  • Pet Wines (1 votes)
  • Pike and Western/Seattle (1 votes)
  • PLCB, N. Atherton St., State College, PA (1 votes)
  • Portland Wine Merchants Portland, Oregon (4) (1 votes)
  • Premier Cru, CA (1 votes)
  • Premier Liquor, Buffalo (1 votes)
  • Red Coleman's on Greenville, Dallas (1 votes)
  • Regional WInes , Wellington , New Zealand (1 votes)
  • Rotunda Wines and Liquors, Baltimore (1 votes)
  • Roy's Liquors and Boozeous Saloon, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 (1 votes)
  • Rye Brook Wine & Liquor Rye Brook, NY, (1 votes)
  • Sam's Chicago (2 votes)
  • San Diego Wine Company (1 votes)
  • SAQ (Quebec) (1 votes)
  • schneider's of capitol hill (3 votes)
  • Several in the Greater Boston area (1 votes)
  • Sigel's in Addison, Texas (1 votes)
  • Sigel's Liquor Store #1 (1 votes)
  • Sigels #5 in Addison (1 votes)
  • Sonoma Wine Exchange (1 votes)
  • STATE LINE LIQUOR, ELKTON, MD (1 votes)
  • Stoney's Dallas, Texas (1 votes)
  • Surdyk's - Mpls, MN (1 votes)
  • Surdyk's Liquor, Minneapolis MN (1 votes)
  • Surdyk's, Minneapolis, MN (1 votes)
  • Table and Vine (1 votes)
  • Taorello's (1 votes)
  • The Jug Shop (San Francisco, CA) (1 votes)
  • The SF Wine Trading Co., San Francisco, CA (1 votes)
  • The Spirit Shop, Norman, OK (1 votes)
  • The Wine & Cheese Cask, Somerville, MA (1 votes)
  • The Wine and Cheese Place, St. Louis, MO (1 votes)
  • The Wine Cellar, Nashua, NH (1 votes)
  • The Wine Club - San Francisco (1 votes)
  • The Wine Club - Santa Ana, CA (1 votes)
  • The Wine Club, San Francisco (1 votes)
  • The Wine Exchange, Orange, CA (1 votes)
  • The Wine Library, Millburn, NJ (1 votes)
  • The Winesellars, Danville, CA (1 votes)
  • the Wineshop at the Commonwealth Club, Richmond, VA (1 votes)
  • Thoroughbred Shop - 2005 Versailles Road - Lexington, Ketukcy (1 votes)
  • Topline Wine and Spirits, Glendale, CA (1 votes)
  • Total Beverage (1 votes)
  • TROTTA'S FINE WINE & SPIRITS (1 votes)
  • Utah State Wine Store, SLC, UT (1 votes)
  • Village Corner; Ann Arbor, MI (1 votes)
  • Vino Fino, Christchurch, New Zealand (1 votes)
  • Wally's, West Los Angeles (1 votes)
  • Wells Liquor (Baltimore) (1 votes)
  • West Point Market, Akron, OH (1 votes)
  • Wiine & Cheese Emporium, Kinston, NC, US (1 votes)
  • Wine and Cheese Shop, Somerville MA (1 votes)
  • Wine Exchange/ Orange, Ca (1 votes)
  • Wine Exchange/Orange, CA (1 votes)
  • Wine Ventures, Tenafly, NJ (1 votes)
  • Wine Watch, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1 votes)
  • World Market. Kalamazoo Michigan (1 votes)
  • Young's Wine & Liquor, Manhassett, NY (1 votes)


Total Votes: 623

Average amount spent for a bottle of wine?

Under $5 5 (0%)
$5-$10 161 (25%)
$10-$15 257 (41%)
$15-$20 106 (17%)
$20-$25 35 (5%)
$25-$30 27 (4%)
$30-$40 9 (1%)
$40-$50 11 (1%)
More than $50 12 (1%)


Total Votes: 195

Best sparkler outside of Champagne?

Austria 2 (1%)
Germany 8 (4%)
Italy 34 (17%)
Other France 24 (12%)
Spain 23 (11%)
California 48 (24%)
Oregon 5 (2%)
Australia 10 (5%)
New Zealand 11 (5%)
Other (fill-in) 26 (13%)
None 4 (2%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Alsace (1 votes)
  • Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Calif. (1 votes)
  • Argentina (2 votes)
  • Argentina (Dom Chandon) (1 votes)
  • Burkina Faso (But only the brut, the rest is just swill) (1 votes)
  • Cava (yes, I know it is Spain, but just the name of the country sounds too inspecific) (1 votes)
  • Certain French owned or partnered wineries in Napa, CA area (Domaine Chandon, Taittinger, etc.) (1 votes)
  • England (2 votes)
  • England ( Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 1993 ) (1 votes)
  • Israel (1 votes)
  • Loire (1 votes)
  • Loire - Huet & Baumard specifically (1 votes)
  • Moldova (1 votes)
  • New Mexico (2 votes)
  • New Mexico---Gruet. Great for $ (1 votes)
  • New Mexico: Gruet Brut from $10-13. Great value! (1 votes)
  • New Mexico: Gruet, Brut and Demi Sec, Great Value (1 votes)
  • New York State (1 votes)
  • New York's Finger Lakes region (Lamoreaux Landing, Hermann J. Wiemer, Glenora especially) (1 votes)
  • South Africa - Methode Cap Classique (1 votes)
  • Sparkling Vouvray (1 votes)
  • trentino, ferrari (1 votes)
  • Washington -- Dom. Ste. Michelle (1 votes)


Total Votes: 152

Worldwide vintage of the century?

1900 1 (0%)
1921 1 (0%)
1945 13 (8%)
1947 5 (3%)
1959 8 (5%)
1976 1 (0%)
1978 6 (3%)
1982 3 (1%)
1985 8 (5%)
1988 5 (3%)
1990 66 (43%)
1994 6 (3%)
1997 14 (9%)
Other (explain) 13 (8%)
None 2 (1%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • 1928 because it was a superb year for Bordeaux (St. Emillion in particular) (1 votes)
  • 1929--Great Burgundy and Bordeaux (2 votes)
  • 1961 (2 votes)
  • 1961 (why was that not included?) (1 votes)
  • 1961 in Bordeaux. Have tasted Cheval Blanc, Mouton and Margaux, all great (1 votes)
  • 1961 Superb bordeaux. (1 votes)
  • 1963 - My year of birth (1 votes)
  • 1964 for Moselle wines, my personal favorite (1 votes)
  • 1973 - fabulous in Chianti (1 votes)
  • 1995, Beautiful in almost all regions (1 votes)
  • How could you have omitted the wonderful 1928 vintage in Bordeaux? Probably my all time fave. (1 votes)

Total Votes: 264

How adventurous is your wine buying?

1 - Totally cautious 2 (0%)
2 4 (1%)
3 11 (4%)
4 17 (6%)
5 - Middle of the road 23 (8%)
6 32 (12%)
7 59 (22%)
8 42 (15%)
9 28 (10%)
10 - Totally adventurous 46 (17%)


Total Votes: 357

Temperature for serving red wine?

Below 54F (12C) 7 (1%)
55-57F (12.5-14C) 8 (2%)
58-60F (14-15.5C) 25 (7%)
61-63F (16-17C) 56 (15%)
64-66F (18-19C) 83 (23%)
67-69F (19.5-20.5C) 40 (11%)
70-72F (21-22C) 19 (5%)
Over 73F (23C) 5 (1%)
Varies depending on the specific wine 55 (15%)
Ambient temperature 47 (13%)
Don't know 6 (1%)
Don't care 6 (1%)


Total Votes: 251

Here's how I record my wine-tasting notes:

Use a commercial or shareware computer program 10 (3%)
Use my own computer program/spreadsheet/database 21 (8%)
Use standard forms like AWS, UC Davis, Wine Lovers' Page 12 (4%)
Record free-form notes on computer 20 (7%)
Take free-form notes on paper 77 (30%)
Take notes on palm computer/PDA 5 (1%)
Dictate notes to tape recorder 1 (0%)
Keep all my notes in computer files 21 (8%)
Keep all my notes in hard-copy files 20 (7%)
Post notes on online forums 24 (9%)
Keep mental notes only 16 (6%)
I don't take tasting notes 8 (3%)
Other (fill-in) 16 (6%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • A three ring binder, Notes from Opimian Wine Society (1 votes)
  • Add my hard copy to a template on my hard drive (1 votes)
  • binder (wine club)&labels (other purchases-not from wine clubs) (1 votes)
  • either etch in stone tablet or if the wine is good enough, spray paint the notes on my walls (1 votes)
  • Excpet when judging, I only write down the name of the wines and write notes directly on WLDG later (1 votes)
  • Keep all my notes on paper and type into computer when I get around to it (1 votes)
  • Keep labels and notes in leather bound book. (1 votes)
  • Keep some mental notes for the same wine of a different year that I drink frequently (1 votes)
  • mental notes brought to mind by vague ideas on paper (1 votes)
  • notebook with standard forms (1 votes)
  • On Wine Spectator database (1 votes)
  • Random scribblings that I later cannot decipher (1 votes)
  • take notes on only very good ones (1 votes)
  • use a format learned from reading and experience when taking notes (1 votes)
  • When ever I attend a wine tasting, the host has pre-printed a sheet with all the selections on it . (1 votes)
  • Wine Tasting Notes Book (1 votes)


Total Votes: 232

I would like to live in the wine region of:

Alsace 7 (3%)
Bordeaux 9 (3%)
Burgundy 9 (3%)
Loire 5 (2%)
Rhone 17 (7%)
Rhine 3 (1%)
Mosel 2 (0%)
Austria 4 (1%)
Piedmont/Northern Italy 13 (5%)
Tuscany 40 (17%)
Rioja/Ribera del Duero 2 (0%)
Portugal 2 (0%)
South Australia 10 (4%)
New Zealand 9 (3%)
South Africa 1 (0%)
Chile/Argentina 2 (0%)
Napa/Sonoma 50 (21%)
Other California 7 (3%)
Pacific Northwest 6 (2%)
Other (fill-in) 34 (14%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Bandol (1 votes)
  • Beaujolias:Chiroubles (1 votes)
  • Central Otago, New Zealand (1 votes)
  • Collioure (1 votes)
  • coteau d'Aix en Provence (1 votes)
  • Dealurile Bujorului /Romania (1 votes)
  • Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma (1 votes)
  • Finger Lakes (1 votes)
  • Franconia (1 votes)
  • Languedoc (1 votes)
  • long island (1 votes)
  • madeira island (1 votes)
  • Margaret River (2 votes)
  • Nelson, New Zealand (1 votes)
  • New Jersey (2 votes)
  • Old Mission, Old Mission Peninsula: I'm living it ! (1 votes)
  • Ontario, Canada! (Maybe a 2nd place in B.C. too :) (1 votes)
  • Palette (1 votes)
  • palisades colorado (1 votes)
  • Provence (7 votes)
  • Provence (Côtes du Luberon or Côtes du Ventoux) (1 votes)
  • Roswell, GA (1 votes)
  • San Louis Obispo County (1 votes)
  • Tasmania (1 votes)
  • Upstate New York (1 votes)
  • Yarra Valley - Australia (1 votes)


Total Votes: 230

My tasting notes

I take notes on all the wines I taste 28 (12%)
I take notes on most of the wines I taste 59 (25%)
I take notes on more than half the wines I taste 23 (10%)
I take notes only on wines of special interest 35 (15%)
I take notes only on wines in my cellar, so I can track their evolution 14 (6%)
I keep mental notes but don't write them down 31 (13%)
I don't take tasting notes 19 (8%)
Other (fill-in) 21 (9%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • At formal tastings or special events only (1 votes)
  • I am struggling to take notes more often... (1 votes)
  • I do when I remember (1 votes)
  • I don't, but I wish that I did!!! How about a lesson? (1 votes)
  • I have you to take notes for me! (1 votes)
  • I note varietal character;ripeness;concentration&cosmetic tampering (1 votes)
  • I only TN wines drunk for pleasure, as opposed to work (1 votes)
  • I take notes at wine tastings, but don'k keep them (1 votes)
  • I take notes during blind tastings of multiple wines. (1 votes)
  • I take notes on all the wines I taste but I never read them :) (1 votes)
  • I take notes on some of the wines in my cellar, I'm trying hard to take notes on them all! (1 votes)
  • I take notes on wine in my cellar, so I'll know whether I want to buy that same bottle again or not. (1 votes)
  • I take notes on wines I really like and want to buy later (1 votes)
  • I take notes only at formal tastings (1 votes)
  • I take notes when I'm evaluating a wine, not when drinking at home, friends' or in a restaurant. (1 votes)
  • I take notes when tasting new releases that I may be interested in purchasing. (1 votes)
  • I take notes when the food/wine match was especially good. (1 votes)
  • I write down only names; I remember the best, and correctly classify the rest as "forgettable" (1 votes)
  • Only in organized, sit down (usually trade) tastings. (1 votes)
  • SPECIAL INTEREST & WINES IN MY CELLAR (1 votes)
  • took notes in the past but not now, (1 votes)


Total Votes: 149

Vintage charts: Useful or useless?

10. I base my wine buying entirely on vintage charts 1 (0%)
9. Vintage charts are very important 19 (12%)
8. Very important if the wine region or producer is unfamiliar 15 (10%)
7. Somewhat important 29 (19%)
6. Somewhat important if the wine region or producer is unfamiliar 33 (22%)
5. Important only if the chart is narrowly specific 25 (16%)
4. Not important at all 15 (10%)
0. What's a vintage chart? 2 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 10 (6%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Can be useful, but only in general for a specific region. (1 votes)
  • I prefer the recommendation of a local, knowledgeable wine shop merchant. (1 votes)
  • if all other factors are the same except for the vintage then it is important (1 votes)
  • Important, but knowledge is also, as is experience,some poor years had stellar wine also (1 votes)
  • unimportant if it is a wine I have tasted, semi-useful in other cases (1 votes)
  • Useful in restaurants for unfamiliar producers/regions, don't use at all for cellar purchases (1 votes)
  • Usefull when purchasing for my clients, means next to nothing for my personal buying. (1 votes)
  • Wine Enthusiast/wine shop (1 votes)
  • Worth general consideration but worth very little when considering an individual wine (1 votes)
  • You never have one handy when you could use it (1 votes)


Total Votes: 447

Best 'undiscovered' wine region?

Bulgaria 6 (1%)
Romania 9 (2%)
Czech-Slovak republics 4 (0%)
Moldova 5 (1%)
Former Yugoslavian republics 7 (1%)
Former Soviet Georgia 7 (1%)
Russia 1 (0%)
Greece 30 (6%)
Switzerland 15 (3%)
Hungary 24 (5%)
North Africa 4 (0%)
Sardinia 16 (3%)
Sicily 33 (7%)
Eastern Mediterranean 12 (2%)
Argentina 75 (16%)
Uruguay 8 (1%)
Southern California and Baja 11 (2%)
Sierra Foothills 30 (6%)
Eastern US 34 (7%)
Texas/Southwest 10 (2%)
Canada 34 (7%)
Other (fill-in) 72 (16%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Alsace, France (1 votes)
  • Anderson Valley (1 votes)
  • Austria (2 votes)
  • Austria-Gruner Vetliner (1 votes)
  • Bandol (1 votes)
  • California Central Coast (1 votes)
  • Campania (2 votes)
  • Chile (2 votes)
  • Collioure (1 votes)
  • Corsica (1 votes)
  • crete (1 votes)
  • Croatia (1 votes)
  • Croatia - Dalmatia (1 votes)
  • Dundee, OR USA (1 votes)
  • England (1 votes)
  • Franciacorta region of Brecscia, Italy (1 votes)
  • fronton (france) (1 votes)
  • Hungary-rediscovery (1 votes)
  • Iceland (1 votes)
  • Israel (2 votes)
  • jura (1 votes)
  • Lodi District of California (1 votes)
  • Long Island (2 votes)
  • Maremma (Tuscany) (1 votes)
  • Michigan (2 votes)
  • Minnesota (1 votes)
  • Missouri Wine Country (1 votes)
  • Mittelrhein (1 votes)
  • New York (1 votes)
  • None of the Above (2 votes)
  • Northern Florida (1 votes)
  • Not familiar with any of these regions (1 votes)
  • Okanagan Valley, Canada (1 votes)
  • Orange NSW Australia (1 votes)
  • Oregon (2 votes)
  • palm4ela in portugal; bierzo in spain (1 votes)
  • paso robles (2 votes)
  • Paso Robles (Central Coast California) (1 votes)
  • Paso Robles area (1 votes)
  • Paso Robles, California (1 votes)
  • Pfalz (Germany) (1 votes)
  • Porto - but for the table wines, not port. (1 votes)
  • Portugal (1 votes)
  • Portugal (table wines, not Porto) (1 votes)
  • Provence (1 votes)
  • Rio Negro region of Argentina (1 votes)
  • saki (1 votes)
  • Savoie (1 votes)
  • Savoie, Jura, Vins de Moselle, Cotes de Toul, Cotes de Forez, Ciro, lots of Spanish appellations, (1 votes)
  • somontano (1 votes)
  • south africa (1 votes)
  • Spain (Bullas, Yecla, Jumilla, La Mancha, Canary Islands, Mallorca, etc., etc.) (1 votes)
  • Tasmania (1 votes)
  • Tri City Area, Washington (1 votes)
  • Turkey (1 votes)
  • Virginia (2 votes)
  • Virginia (dark horse) (1 votes)
  • Walla Walla (1 votes)
  • Walla Walla Washington (1 votes)
  • Western Colorado (1 votes)
  • Willamette Valley, Or (1 votes)
  • Yakima, WA (1 votes)


Total Votes: 344

Favorite Gewürztraminer?

Alsace 140 (40%)
Germany 49 (14%)
Austria 10 (2%)
Italy 5 (1%)
California 30 (8%)
US Pacific Northwest 18 (5%)
Eastern US 8 (2%)
Canada 10 (2%)
Australia 3 (0%)
Other (fill-in) 22 (6%)
There IS no second choice 49 (14%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Alsace, again! (1 votes)
  • Anderson Valley, CA (1 votes)
  • Canada-Okanagan (1 votes)
  • chile (3 votes)
  • I didn't know real gewurtz came from more than one place! (1 votes)
  • Long Island, NY (1 votes)
  • Navarro (1 votes)
  • Navarro - Anderson Valley (1 votes)
  • New York State (1 votes)
  • new zealand (2 votes)
  • New Zealand(Wiapara) (1 votes)
  • NZ (1 votes)
  • Oregon, Rogue Valley (1 votes)
  • Pacific NW - Oregon (1 votes)
  • South Africa (2 votes)
  • Spain/Somontano (1 votes)
  • Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands (1 votes)
  • There is no such thing as a good Gewurtz! (1 votes)


Total Votes: 426

Favorite alcoholic drink other than wine?

Gin 37 (8%)
Vodka 41 (9%)
Tequila 17 (3%)
Rum 12 (2%)
Bourbon 16 (3%)
Scotch 55 (12%)
Irish Whiskey 8 (1%)
Rye Whiskey 1 (0%)
Canadian Whisky 4 (0%)
American Blended Whiskey 1 (0%)
Cognac/Armagnac/Brandy 17 (3%)
Liqueurs 9 (2%)
Beer 148 (34%)
Cider 9 (2%)
Other (fill-in) 41 (9%)
I don't care for any alternative to wine 10 (2%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Amaretto (1 votes)
  • B & B - Rocks (I dfferentiate this from drinking Cognac/Brandy from a snifter) (1 votes)
  • Belgian Raspberry Lambic (1 votes)
  • Bloody Mary (1 votes)
  • Campari (3 votes)
  • Dark Beer (1 votes)
  • dutch genever (1 votes)
  • Gin and Tonic (1 votes)
  • Gin in the summer, Scotch in the winter, Cognac any time. (1 votes)
  • Grappa (1 votes)
  • Guinness (1 votes)
  • iced tea (1 votes)
  • Irish Ale; specifically, Caffrey's Irish Ale. Terrific!! (1 votes)
  • Jack Daniel's (Tennessee Sour Mash) (1 votes)
  • MALT WHISKEY (1 votes)
  • Margarita (1 votes)
  • Margarritta or Martinni (1 votes)
  • Marguarita (1 votes)
  • martini (1 votes)
  • mead (1 votes)
  • micro beer (1 votes)
  • Micro-brewed ales; no macros and no lagars (1 votes)
  • Micro-Brewery Ale (1 votes)
  • mixed drinks like margaritas or gin and tonic (1 votes)
  • Mount Gay Eclipse Rum (1 votes)
  • muted (stopped) grape products like Pineau des Charentes (1 votes)
  • Real British bitter ale (belongs in its own category) (1 votes)
  • Scotch Single Malt (1 votes)
  • Single Malt Scotch (5 votes)
  • Single malt scotch whisky. (1 votes)
  • Single-malt Scotch (1 votes)
  • Sour Mash (1 votes)
  • Southern Comfort (1 votes)
  • whiskey sour (1 votes)
  • WineCooler or ZIMA (1 votes)


Total Votes: 228

Are you a "terroirist"?

Yes 185 (81%)
No 23 (10%)
I don't know 6 (2%)
I don't care 14 (6%)


Total Votes: 501

Favorite white wine for warm weather?

Albariño 8 (1%)
Champagne/sparkling wine 26 (5%)
Chardonnay 33 (6%)
Chenin Blanc 17 (3%)
Gewürztraminer 28 (5%)
Grüner Veltliner 10 (1%)
Moscato d'Asti/crackling wine 15 (2%)
Muscadet 7 (1%)
Pinot Blanc 9 (1%)
Pinot Gris/Grigio 44 (8%)
Riesling 102 (20%)
Sauvignon Blanc 99 (19%)
Semillon 7 (1%)
Viognier 19 (3%)
Other white (fill-in) 38 (7%)
Rosé (it's almost white!) 35 (6%)
I don't like white wine 4 (0%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Alvarinho (Vinho Verde - Portugal) (1 votes)
  • APREMONT (1 votes)
  • Arbois (1 votes)
  • arneis, vermentino di sardegna (1 votes)
  • Beaujolais (1 votes)
  • Chablis,Blanc Du Bois (1 votes)
  • Cruchen Blanc ("Riesling" in South Africa) (1 votes)
  • Falanghina (Falerno), Greco di Tufo (1 votes)
  • Fume Blanc (2 votes)
  • Garganega (1 votes)
  • Gin & Tonic (1 votes)
  • Maculan Torcolato 1996 (1 votes)
  • Mosel white Riesling (1 votes)
  • Pouilly-Fuisse (3 votes)
  • R.H.Phillips EXP VIOGNIER TRY THIS!!! (1 votes)
  • Sancerre (2 votes)
  • Soave (from Anselmi or Pieropan or Inama) (1 votes)
  • spanish- vino verde (1 votes)
  • Torrontes (1 votes)
  • verdejo (Blanco Nieva D.O. Rueda) (1 votes)
  • Verdejo 100%, D.O. Rueda Superior (1 votes)
  • vinho verde (4 votes)
  • Vinho Verde (Portugal) (1 votes)
  • Vinho Verde(portugal) (1 votes)
  • Vladeorras wine from the godello grape (1 votes)
  • vouvray (3 votes)
  • Wagner's Vignoles (a NYS Wine formerly Ravat Blanc) (1 votes)
  • White Zinfandel (1 votes)
  • with watermelon and a block of parmesean (1 votes)


Total Votes: 519

Fine wine with a screw cap?

Screw cap 202 (38%)
Cork 317 (61%)


Total Votes: 1621

California First Growths?

Beaulieu 83 (5%)
Beringer 115 (7%)
Caymus 102 (6%)
Chateau Montelena 162 (9%)
Diamond Creek 45 (2%)
Dominus 79 (4%)
Duckhorn 19 (1%)
Dunn 52 (3%)
Forman 8 (0%)
Harlan 64 (3%)
Heitz 78 (4%)
Joseph Phelps 107 (6%)
Laurel Glen 30 (1%)
Mondavi 117 (7%)
Opus I 103 (6%)
Ridge 169 (10%)
Shafer 59 (3%)
Silver Oak 51 (3%)
Spottswoode 24 (1%)
Stag's Leap 87 (5%)
Other (fill-in) 67 (4%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Abreu, Araujo (1 votes)
  • Alexander Hills (1 votes)
  • Anderson's Conn Valley (1 votes)
  • Araujo (2 votes)
  • Araujo, Bryant (1 votes)
  • Bell (1 votes)
  • Bryant (1 votes)
  • Bryant Family, Araujo, Peter Michael, Karl Lawrence, Sine Qua Non (1 votes)
  • Bryant, Dalle Valle, Pahlmeyer (1 votes)
  • Buena-vista (1 votes)
  • Cain (1 votes)
  • Cakebread (1 votes)
  • Calera (1 votes)
  • Calera, Williams-Seylem (1 votes)
  • cardinale (1 votes)
  • Charles Krug (1 votes)
  • Chateau St. Jean (2 votes)
  • Clos Du Bois (1 votes)
  • Dalle Valle (3 votes)
  • Dehlinger (1 votes)
  • Grace Family Vineyards (1 votes)
  • Grgich Hills and Chalone (1 votes)
  • Guenoc (1 votes)
  • Gundlach Bundschu (1 votes)
  • Inglenook (1 votes)
  • Jordan (1 votes)
  • Kalin (1 votes)
  • Matanzas Creek (2 votes)
  • Mt. Eden, A.Rafinelli (1 votes)
  • Niebaum-Copolla (1 votes)
  • Niebaum-Coppola ('Rubicon') (1 votes)
  • None (4 votes)
  • Pahlmeyer (1 votes)
  • Pahlmeyer / Philip Togni / (1 votes)
  • Paoletti (1 votes)
  • peter michael (2 votes)
  • Pride (1 votes)
  • Quintessa (1 votes)
  • reverie was daydreams (1 votes)
  • Ritchie Creek,Ahlgren (1 votes)
  • Saintsbury (1 votes)
  • Sanford (1 votes)
  • Screaming Eagle (3 votes)
  • Screaming Eagle and Colgin (1 votes)
  • Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle (1 votes)
  • Screaming Eagle, Maya, Bryant, Colgin (1 votes)
  • screaming eagle, pahlmeyer, bryant (1 votes)
  • Simi Reserve (1 votes)
  • Sterling (1 votes)
  • This poll is without value or merit - like a Zagat Survey (1 votes)
  • Togni (3 votes)
  • Togni, La Jota (1 votes)
  • tom eddy (1 votes)
  • Williams-Seylem (1 votes)


Total Votes: 258

Primary activity in the wine business?

Vine grower 2 (0%)
Wine maker 5 (1%)
Winery/vineyard employee 5 (1%)
Tasting room staff 4 (1%)
Wine importer 9 (3%)
Wine distributor 14 (5%)
Retail wine merchant 27 (10%)
Retail wine shop staff 13 (5%)
Wine accessories 2 (0%)
Wine writer/journalist 6 (2%)
Wine educator 8 (3%)
Wine marketing/PR/lobbying 12 (4%)
Wine consumer, no business interests 118 (45%)
Other (fill-in) 33 (12%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Assistant to Andrea Immer, top female sommelier in USA (1 votes)
  • Butler (1 votes)
  • consultant (1 votes)
  • Consumer (1 votes)
  • created www.thewinetool.com (1 votes)
  • director of wine program for private gentleman's club (1 votes)
  • Home Wine Maker - amateur (1 votes)
  • I make craft items from wine bottles and corks (1 votes)
  • I'm a wine educator, but not paid for it! (1 votes)
  • Internet sales (1 votes)
  • Make my own wine at home - up to 200 gal. per year (1 votes)
  • Multi-State, Winery Representitive (1 votes)
  • Restaurant Owner and Local Wine Educator (1 votes)
  • restaurant owner, wine buyer...maybe that is retail. (1 votes)
  • Retail Wine Consultant (1 votes)
  • Sales of California Wine Country Cruises (1 votes)
  • Sales support for a wine internet company (1 votes)
  • server trainer @ an Italian restaurant that focuses on wine. (1 votes)
  • sommelier (1 votes)
  • vigneron (1 votes)
  • Vintage Wine Advertising Prints (1 votes)
  • waiter in a fine dining restaurant (1 votes)
  • waitress in a four star restaurant (1 votes)
  • web dsigner for wine importer/distributor (1 votes)
  • Wine / Beverage Manager and Wine Personality in a Fine Dining Restaurant (1 votes)
  • Wine agent in Canada (1 votes)
  • Wine broker (1 votes)
  • Wine consumer with business interests (1 votes)
  • Wine Director for a hotel restaurant company (1 votes)
  • Wine E-tailer Internet Manager (1 votes)
  • Wine storage company owner (1 votes)
  • Winemaker/Exporter/Wine Marketing (1 votes)
  • Winer Office Manager (1 votes)


Total Votes: 180

Favorite non-alcoholic beverage?

Sparkling water 22 (12%)
Bottled water 27 (15%)
Tap water 28 (15%)
Hot coffee 13 (7%)
Hot tea 8 (4%)
Iced coffee 6 (3%)
Iced tea 29 (16%)
Fruit juice 14 (7%)
Cola 19 (10%)
Other carbonated soft drink 4 (2%)
Milk 8 (4%)
Nothing 2 (1%)


Total Votes: 282

Preserving leftover wine?

Put cork back in, leave at room temperature 15 (5%)
Put cork back in, refrigerate only whites 22 (7%)
Put cork back in, refrigerate all leftovers 54 (19%)
Put cork back in, freeze wine 2 (0%)
Decant a portion to fill smaller bottle 27 (9%)
Use marbles or other inert objects to displace air 1 (0%)
Use Vacu-Vin or other vacuum systems that remove air from bottle with a hand pump 95 (33%)
Use Private Preserve or other simple systems that displace air with aerosol gas 17 (6%)
Use The Keeper or other aerosol-and-dispenser systems 4 (1%)
Use professional Cruvinet-type dispenser 1 (0%)
Dispose of leftovers unused 1 (0%)
Leftover wine? What is that? 24 (8%)
Other (fill-in) 19 (6%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Cook with it if it not consummed by the next day. (1 votes)
  • decant into half bottles, re-cork and refrigerate. (1 votes)
  • decant to smaller bottle, then refrigerate (red & white) (1 votes)
  • Food Saver - auto. air remover (1 votes)
  • Food Saver special cork & vacuum (1 votes)
  • Foodsaver - Bottle attachment (1 votes)
  • I refrigerate, and I wish more wineries sold wine in 1/2 bottles!!! (1 votes)
  • Leftover? Cook it! Buy cheap wine in the sealed boxes.... (1 votes)
  • preserve your berry fruit in it . And turn it into sorbet. (1 votes)
  • Put cork back in, and put it back to Eurocave, if there is any space for it. (1 votes)
  • put in refrigerator with no cork (1 votes)
  • Recork, in or out of fridge, drink it the next night. (2 votes)
  • Say, what the hell, I'll just drink the rest. (1 votes)
  • Use aerosol AND refrigerate. For reds I bring to "room temperature" before serving (1 votes)
  • Use Private Preserve, then put cork back in, refrigerate all leftovers (1 votes)
  • Use Vacu-Vin and put the bottle back in the cellar (1 votes)
  • Wine for Later System/ Vials with plugs that displace air when you fill the vials (1 votes)
  • you should never freeze white wine, it brakes it down (1 votes)


Total Votes: 220

New first-growth of Bordeaux?

Angelus 1 (0%)
Brane-Cantenac 1 (0%)
Cheval Blanc 27 (12%)
Cos d'Estournel 11 (5%)
Ducru-Beaucaillou 6 (2%)
Figeac 2 (0%)
Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1 (0%)
Gruaud-Larose 3 (1%)
L'Evangile 2 (0%)
Le Pin 2 (0%)
Léoville-Barton 3 (1%)
Léoville-Las Cases 52 (23%)
Léoville-Poyferré 2 (0%)
Lynch Bages 8 (3%)
Montrose 2 (0%)
Palmer 5 (2%)
Petrus 53 (24%)
Pichon-Lalande 10 (4%)
Pichon-Longueville 1 (0%)
Talbot 1 (0%)
Other Bordeaux (fill-in) 18 (8%)
None 9 (4%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • clerc milon (1 votes)
  • Do away with the whole system! (1 votes)
  • La Mission Haut-Brion (10 votes)
  • Lafleur (2 votes)
  • Meyney (1 votes)
  • Olivier (1 votes)
  • Phelan Segur (1 votes)
  • Pontet-Canet (1 votes)


Total Votes: 874

Symptoms of a wine fanatic

Swirls and sniffs before tasting milk 47 (5%)
Takes descriptive notes of every wine consumed 32 (3%)
Can't just call a wine "good" or "bad" but must explain why 40 (4%)
Looks at the wine list before the menu 142 (16%)
Chooses wines that cost more than the food 48 (5%)
Debates decanting techniques with the sommelier 9 (1%)
Subscribes to wine magazines 47 (5%)
Always buys wines rated highly in wine magazines 7 (0%)
Never buys wines rated highly in wine magazines 10 (1%)
Buys expensive cellar unit to store wine at proper temperature 8 (0%)
Realizes that the expensive cellar unit is too small 15 (1%)
Buys new house to accommodate below-ground wine cellar 31 (3%)
Owns more wine glasses than any other kind of glassware 62 (7%)
Knows the difference between Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé 11 (1%)
Cares about the difference between Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé 12 (1%)
Can actually spell Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé 13 (1%)
Knows that a Bergerac is not just a man with a big nose 9 (1%)
Discovers German wines 7 (0%)
Understands the label of a German wine 31 (3%)
Knows what 2,4,6-trichloroanisole is and talks about it often 24 (2%)
Wine Atlas is the only geography book in the house 8 (0%)
Keeps stack of wine magazines for bathroom reading 27 (3%)
Spends more for a corkscrew than some people spend on a case of wine 20 (2%)
Has local wine retailer on "speed dial" 16 (1%)
Participates in online wine discussion groups daily 35 (4%)
Meets strangers from wine discussion groups for dinner 25 (2%)
Travels long distances to meet strangers from wine discussion groups 23 (2%)
Plans a vacation around how many wineries can be visited 69 (7%)
Other (fill-in) 46 (5%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • All of the Above (1 votes)
  • Answers this questionnaire! :-) (1 votes)
  • Answers Voting Booth Questions on "Symptoms of a Wine Fanatic" (1 votes)
  • Bookmarks are all favorite wine sites on the web (1 votes)
  • Can actually pronounce Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé (1 votes)
  • Conducts Intro to Wine class hoping to start a wine tasting group (2 votes)
  • Couldnot believe this!! Why Winelover page knows all my characters????Did my wife tell you?????????? (1 votes)
  • Cuts out of work early to go to a tasting (1 votes)
  • Describes wine more enthusiastically than member of the opposite sex (1 votes)
  • Develops friendships to there are more opportunities to try different wines. (1 votes)
  • Drags _all_ overseas visitors on tours of local wine regions. (1 votes)
  • friends apologize before opening their 'supermarket' wine (1 votes)
  • Friends who broke favorite wine glasses are no longer friends. (1 votes)
  • Gets handed the wine list even in foreign parts (1 votes)
  • Has Christmas photo/card with he/she surrounded by wine bottles instead of family members (1 votes)
  • has more empty trophy bottles than most people have full bottles (1 votes)
  • Has sudden intuitive realization that cellar size and bank account are inversely proportional. (1 votes)
  • have done1,2,4,22,23,24,and 27 Whats the matter (1 votes)
  • I though this applied to me and I marked all but 3. (1 votes)
  • Is a member of a monthly wine group. (1 votes)
  • Kids are named Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet... (1 votes)
  • Makes daily visits to favorite wine-related websites to see what's new. (1 votes)
  • Mistakenly substituting wine name/word e.g. Nottage Hill instead of Notting Hill (1 votes)
  • Near enough to all of above (1 votes)
  • participates in online ballots about wine fanaticism (1 votes)
  • Permanant purple tint on teeth (1 votes)
  • Reads wine labels and records what they say. (2 votes)
  • Realizes that he can check way more than three boxes (1 votes)
  • Schedules day trips to other cities just to visit wine shops (1 votes)
  • Splendid! Nearly everything of the above hits it in the eye! (1 votes)
  • Takes great pleasure in calling the bluffs of wine waiters, retailers and makers. (1 votes)
  • Takes photos out of wedding album to store labels (1 votes)
  • Talks about wine while others eyes glaze over. (1 votes)
  • The cars are now parked in the driveway because of the stacks of boxes in the garage. (1 votes)
  • Thinks that letting work interfere with the wine hobby is a sure sign of a workaholic (1 votes)
  • Tries to better the # of wineries visited in one day on that vacation (and succeeds, every day) (1 votes)
  • understands ALL of the above questions (1 votes)
  • Visits the wine cellar before kissing the wife hello in the evening (1 votes)
  • Visits WLDG more often than any other web page (2 votes)
  • Wear ties and underwear with wine labels on (1 votes)
  • wears a tastevin (1 votes)
  • wonders who isn't fanatical about wine?! (1 votes)
  • Writes and perfoms songs about wine. (1 votes)


Total Votes: 194

Best local option for BYO?

US/CANADA: Illegal and rigidly enforced - no BYO 12 (6%)
US/CANADA: Illegal but occasionally practiced 17 (8%)
US/CANADA: Legal only in premises not licensed to sell alcohol 33 (17%)
US/CANADA: Legal, but uncommon 15 (7%)
US/CANADA: Legal, but corkage rates are high 10 (5%)
US/CANADA: Legal with modest corkage rates 43 (22%)
US/CANADA: Legal with no corkage 32 (16%)
INT'L: Illegal and rigidly enforced - no BYO 2 (1%)
INT'L: Legal, but uncommon 13 (6%)
INT'L: Legal, but corkage rates are high 3 (1%)
INT'L: Legal with modest corkage rates 7 (3%)
INT'L: Legal with no corkage 6 (3%)
INT'L: BYO is the only alternative available 1 (0%)


Total Votes: 244

Your restaurant wine preference

BYOB, no corkage 21 (8%)
BYOB and pay corkage 18 (7%)
BYOB and buy more wine from the list 9 (3%)
Buy wine by the glass 29 (11%)
Half-bottle or small carafe 13 (5%)
Full bottle(s) near the lower end in price 27 (11%)
Full bottle(s) in the middle price range 113 (46%)
Full bottle(s) near the high end in price 9 (3%)
Do not order wine 5 (2%)

No fill-in votes


Total Votes: 418

Your dream wine job

Vine/grape grower 44 (10%)
Winemaker 65 (15%)
Wine critic 35 (8%)
Wine journalist 28 (6%)
Wine travel agent 32 (7%)
Wine consultant 28 (6%)
Sommelier 17 (4%)
Wine auction manager/auctioneer 2 (0%)
Wine importer 26 (6%)
Winery sales representative 17 (4%)
Wine distributor/wholesaler 12 (2%)
Wine retailer 18 (4%)
Help with harvest or other one-time job 14 (3%)
Other wine career (fill-in) 42 (10%)
Never dreamed of it 31 (7%)
Not in my worst nightmare 7 (1%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • "Wine Pourer" @ winery--retirement job! (1 votes)
  • ATF Agent Monitoring Interstate Shipments (1 votes)
  • Combination of jobs - winemaker, sales, marketing, growing, harvesting. (1 votes)
  • combine wine retailing w/online sales;emphasis:good,cheap wines/education (1 votes)
  • consumer education (1 votes)
  • drinker (1 votes)
  • Grape grower/ winemaker (1 votes)
  • help with harvest at Yquem (guess who?) (1 votes)
  • I doubt between importer and guiding wine travels (1 votes)
  • I'd want to own the winery! (1 votes)
  • Instructor (1 votes)
  • international bung hole opener/barrell taster (1 votes)
  • IT Director (1 votes)
  • Marketing for a family winery (1 votes)
  • person who hosts wine tastings in a wine shop or for a preferred producer (1 votes)
  • retire to run a tasting room in Napa Valley (1 votes)
  • Sommelier/Wine Bartender (1 votes)
  • state industry spokesperson (1 votes)
  • Sugar buyer for an Oregon pinot producer (1 votes)
  • Tasting coordinator or journalist. (1 votes)
  • Tasting Room host (1 votes)
  • The guy on the label of Thunder Mountain (1 votes)
  • The Wine Traveler (1 votes)
  • To be a reborn Michael Broadbent and get to taste all he did. (1 votes)
  • Vine grower and winemaker (1 votes)
  • Wine Bar Proprietor (1 votes)
  • Wine buyer for La Tour d'Argent restarant in Paris (1 votes)
  • Wine education and events planning (tastings, classes, discussion groups) (1 votes)
  • wine effect analyst (finding how much of each wine gets you mellow, tipsy or paralytic) (1 votes)
  • Wine grower (1 votes)
  • wine label designer (1 votes)
  • WINE SALES/TELE COMMUTE FROM HOME (1 votes)
  • Wine Songwriter (guess who) (1 votes)
  • Wine Spectator (1 votes)
  • wine taster (2 votes)
  • Wine travel writer--someone who visits wine country and writes articles about it. (1 votes)
  • Winery management (1 votes)
  • Winery owner (4 votes)


Total Votes: 422

Best wine magazine?

Alles Uber Wein (Germany) 1 (0%)
Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine (US) 3 (0%)
Decanter (UK) 46 (10%)
Gambero Rosso (Italy) 4 (0%)
International Wine Cellar (US) 25 (5%)
La Revue du Vin de France (France) 7 (1%)
Sibaritas (Spain) 2 (0%)
Underground Wine Journal (US) 14 (3%)
The Vine (UK) 6 (1%)
Wine Advocate (US) 75 (17%)
Wine and Spirits (US) 25 (5%)
Wine Enthusiast (US) 23 (5%)
Wine Spectator (US) 126 (29%)
Wine X Magazine (US) 7 (1%)
Winestate Magazine (Australia/NZ) 4 (0%)
None 16 (3%)
Other wine magazine (fill-in) 38 (9%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Appellation (1 votes)
  • Borborát (1 votes)
  • drink magazine (1 votes)
  • fine wine review - claude kolm (1 votes)
  • Food and Wine (1 votes)
  • Global Vintage Quarterly (1 votes)
  • Grape (South Africa) (1 votes)
  • International Wine Cellar (1 votes)
  • Mad Magazine (What me worried?) (1 votes)
  • Practical Vineyard & Winery (US) (1 votes)
  • Practical Winery and Vineyard (1 votes)
  • Quarterly Review of Wines (4 votes)
  • Quarterly Wine Review (1 votes)
  • Sante (1 votes)
  • smag og Behag (DK) (1 votes)
  • Tastings (1 votes)
  • The Quarterly Review of Wine (1 votes)
  • The Wine Magazine (Australia) (1 votes)
  • The Wine News (US) (1 votes)
  • Touring and Tasting (1 votes)
  • Vianaria (Austria) - more serious than Falstaff (1 votes)
  • Vinaria (1 votes)
  • Vinforum (Norway) (1 votes)
  • Vino Veritas (Belgium/France) (1 votes)
  • Vinum (Swiss-European) (1 votes)
  • Vinum (Switzerland) (3 votes)
  • WeinWisser, Switzerland (1 votes)
  • Wine (1 votes)
  • Wine &Spirits and Wine Spectator (1 votes)
  • Wine (South Africa) (1 votes)
  • Wine Magazine (Australian Gourmet Traveller) (1 votes)
  • Wine Tidings,(CAN) (1 votes)
  • WineToday.com (1 votes)


Total Votes: 424

What are your wine-related New Year's resolutions for 2000?

Spend less on wine. 45 (10%)
Spend more on wine. 13 (3%)
Buy more expensive wines. 22 (5%)
Buy less expensive wines. 13 (3%)
Try more unfamiliar wines. 83 (19%)
Read more about wine. 41 (9%)
Take a wine-tasting class. 20 (4%)
Subscribe to a wine publication. 5 (1%)
Join a tasting group. 21 (4%)
Build and stock a cellar. 14 (3%)
Buy new wine glasses. 16 (3%)
Drink wine more frequently. 35 (8%)
Drink wine less frequently. 13 (3%)
Get friend/family member more interested in wine. 18 (4%)
Get a wine-related job. 15 (3%)
No wine-related resolutions. 15 (3%)
Other (fill-in). 35 (8%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • Avoid oak laden wines (1 votes)
  • Being in the business, continuing to demystify and add a casual attitude to those new to wine. (1 votes)
  • Build a wine tasting group! (1 votes)
  • buy better, spend less (a personal challenge) (1 votes)
  • buy less California (1 votes)
  • Buy more riesling (1 votes)
  • do a better job of writing and posting tasting notes (1 votes)
  • Drink less on the next millenium celebration (1 votes)
  • drink more "quality" wine (not dependant on price) (1 votes)
  • get my cellar organized (1 votes)
  • harmonize wine & food; read more about food (1 votes)
  • I got away from the box wines,and now with your help I am drinking better wines (1 votes)
  • Ignore pretentious wine-store clerks more often (1 votes)
  • Keep up with the wines in the cellar that need to be drunk! (1 votes)
  • Limit my drinking to 2 glasses per day. (1 votes)
  • Make my cellar a constant temp (1 votes)
  • more time at work; less on wine chat page (?) (1 votes)
  • Now that I'm moving to New England, find a place to live with a REAL cellar. (1 votes)
  • Organize and lead a tasting group (1 votes)
  • Quit organizing my social life around wine - too caloric! (1 votes)
  • Record notes on all wines tasted this year and TAKE A WINE TOUR OF ITALY! (1 votes)
  • Sell more wine... (1 votes)
  • Shrink the overall number of bottles in cellar (1 votes)
  • Stock up on wines from the last century that will age (1 votes)
  • Stop drinking them too young. (1 votes)
  • Study a new area in depth. (1 votes)
  • Take and keep tasting notes (1 votes)
  • To come up with the ultimate ceramic cork - and give up working on that pesky adobe version... (1 votes)
  • To Drink more Ridge 1992 Lytton Springs Zin if I can find it. The finest wine of the second millenn (1 votes)
  • travel to Germany again (1 votes)
  • travel to the wine country more frequently & take a French class/for French wine country travel (1 votes)
  • Try making my own wine (1 votes)
  • try more single varietals and fewer blends (1 votes)
  • Work on buying and tasting wines that Thomas Jefferson tasted when in Europe (1 votes)
  • Write tasting notes. (1 votes)


Total Votes: 248

What are you doing on New Year's Eve 1999?

Nothing special. 31 (12%)
Small party at my house. 59 (23%)
Small party at someone else's home. 60 (24%)
Going to a local restaurant. 14 (5%)
Attending a ritzy gala affair. 6 (2%)
Attending a public event. 3 (1%)
On vacation. 7 (2%)
On call or working Y2K bug patrol. 11 (4%)
Working at regular job. 3 (1%)
Don't know yet. 13 (5%)
Other (fill-in). 41 (16%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • "Let's Spend Martial Law Together" themed party (1 votes)
  • 26 adult and 5 baby overnight guests, traditional Suthrun New Year's Day dinner (1 votes)
  • a romantic evening with a great meal and great wine! (1 votes)
  • After 50 years together, just us two. (1 votes)
  • As Head of IT for the company, I will be at work to handle Y2K crises (1 votes)
  • Attending a comedy act at the local Holiday Inn (1 votes)
  • Attending a dock party (1 votes)
  • attending many parties (1 votes)
  • Being a Deputy stationed at DTW; probably working (1 votes)
  • Big party at my house -- serving Kisler Chard, Shafer Hillside Cab, Veuve Cliquot Grande Dame (1 votes)
  • celebrating our 1st New Year's as a married couple! :) (1 votes)
  • champagne and my spouse, naked by the fireplace (1 votes)
  • Dining with our food and wine tasting group. (1 votes)
  • Dinner for two at home while sitting our baby (1 votes)
  • dinner party first at home then to a friend's penthouse office to watch London fireworks (1 votes)
  • drinking vintage Mad Dog 20/20 (1 votes)
  • drinking wine in my wine cellar ;-))) (1 votes)
  • Family at home, but spectacular wines (1 votes)
  • gettin lit at home (1 votes)
  • Getting stupid with The Stupids.....I hope! (1 votes)
  • goin' to Madrid (1 votes)
  • going to mountains (1 votes)
  • have a good bottle in front of the tele and go to bed after that... (1 votes)
  • Having a special dinner at home with wife and special wines (1 votes)
  • Hiding in corner with my shotgun, bottled water and my dog. (1 votes)
  • Joining with other Christians in church for service at midnight. (1 votes)
  • Just me and my wife and a bottle of Champagne to be opened when the clock strikes 12 midnight (1 votes)
  • Keep Grandchildren so the Children can party! (1 votes)
  • Krug :) (1 votes)
  • Large private party (not ritzy) and on-call for Y2K (1 votes)
  • Make love at the stroke of midnight (1 votes)
  • Our wine group is taking over a local restaurant (1 votes)
  • Sailing to Catalina, family party with 3 sailboats (1 votes)
  • sharing a bottle of champagne with my husband beside a fire outside under the stars. (1 votes)
  • Spending New Years in Miami Beach then off to St. Martin for an over due vacation. (1 votes)
  • stay at home with wine, cheese, fruit and loaded rifle (1 votes)
  • staying at home with immediate family (1 votes)
  • staying home!more fun/amateur night out there (1 votes)
  • Times Square (1 votes)
  • with friends on the beach in St. Martin (1 votes)
  • Working in a Mobile Field Force(police crowd and riot control) from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. (1 votes)


Total Votes: 359

When do you drink sweet wines?

Before the meal as an aperitif. 20 (5%)
With an appetizer or main course. 10 (2%)
With dessert. 64 (17%)
With a cheese course. 26 (7%)
As dessert by itself. 76 (21%)
After the meal by itself. 81 (22%)
Other than at mealtime. 32 (8%)
All of the above. 30 (8%)
Other (fill-in). 18 (5%)
None. 2 (0%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • AFTER dessert by itself (1 votes)
  • After the meal with cheese & walnuts (1 votes)
  • BBQ-steak-marinated-in-soy-sauce dinners. (1 votes)
  • Best with foie gras appetizer (1 votes)
  • In celebration (1 votes)
  • In the evening - - a pleasing finish to a long day. (1 votes)
  • Not into sweet wine -- but @ a tasting, I'll have a slurp to educ myself. (1 votes)
  • On the front porch on a HOT summer day (1 votes)
  • RICH SPICY ,TART,FOODS (1 votes)
  • Sauternes with Steamed Lobster (1 votes)
  • sometimes with an apetizer, but never with the main course (1 votes)
  • This depends on the occasion! (1 votes)
  • When I get home tired in the end of the day, I sit in the garden and drink italian Moscato. (1 votes)
  • while reading WLDG posts (1 votes)
  • with a spicy meal. (1 votes)
  • with first course of fois gras (1 votes)
  • with pate de foie gras (1 votes)
  • with rice & vegetable dishes, and sometimes with pork (1 votes)


Total Votes: 651

What are your favorite dessert wines?

Sauternes and its satellites. 84 (12%)
Loire dessert wines. 53 (8%)
Alsace (SGN). 24 (3%)
Banyuls. 7 (1%)
Tokaji . 29 (4%)
German Late Harvest (BA, TBA). 56 (8%)
Austrian dessert wines. 7 (1%)
Ice wines. 38 (5%)
Muscats - light or sparkling. 19 (2%)
Muscats - liqueur style. 26 (3%)
Vin Santo and other passito whites. 21 (3%)
Sweet red late-harvests. 20 (3%)
Vintage Port. 102 (15%)
Tawny and other Port. 40 (6%)
Madeira 9 (1%)
Marsala 3 (0%)
Sherry 20 (3%)
U.S. Sauternes/TBA style 12 (1%)
U.S. Port style 3 (0%)
Australian Sauternes/TBA style 10 (1%)
Australian Port style 10 (1%)
Fruit wines 10 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 38 (5%)
None in particular - I like them all 7 (1%)
None - Don't care for dessert wines 2 (0%)
None - No experience with dessert wines 1 (0%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • 1°) Maury - VDN ( example : Mas Amiel ) 2°) Muscat de St.Jean de Minervois 3°) Port Colheita (1 votes)
  • All of the above, but only made with extreme care and skill. Dessert wines most difficult to make w (1 votes)
  • Any 'late harvest' style of aromatic white (Muscat, riesling, getwurts, sauvignon blanc, etc) (1 votes)
  • Australian Tokay Style (1 votes)
  • Autunno Artisti Erbaluce Passito - Az. Agr. Bianchi Italia (10 votes)
  • Champagne (1 votes)
  • De Bortoli " Noble One" (1 votes)
  • Fondillón from Alicante (1 votes)
  • German Eiswein's are the best! (1 votes)
  • Grappa (1 votes)
  • Jurancon (4 votes)
  • Jurançon (1 votes)
  • Khamma (1 votes)
  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet (1 votes)
  • Malvasia dulce D.O. Lanzarote (Spain) (1 votes)
  • Maurodaphne Patras Greece (1 votes)
  • Maurodaphne Peloponese Greece,Muscat of Lemnos island Greece,Vinsanto Santorini Greece (1 votes)
  • moscoto &asti (1 votes)
  • Mosel Auslese (1 votes)
  • New Zealand Botrytis Reislings (1 votes)
  • Pedro Ximénez Sherry (1 votes)
  • South African (1 votes)
  • South African Sauternes and Port style, Jurancon (1 votes)
  • south african vin de constance (1 votes)
  • warrior porto and ice wine (1 votes)
  • Yalumba Museum Muscat - Australia (1 votes)


Total Votes: 262

What do you think about "cult" wines?

Not sure what they are. 18 (6%)
As variable in quality as other wines. 21 (8%)
Tasted, liked, but didn't buy. 13 (4%)
Bought a few but have been unimpressed. 3 (1%)
Bought a few and have been impressed. 22 (8%)
Buy some that I like, but not because of their status. 43 (16%)
Buy as many as I can and I love them. 3 (1%)
Buy both to drink and sell. 13 (4%)
Buy them and sell some to pay for the rest. 11 (4%)
Buy only for investment. 3 (1%)
Avoid them. 22 (8%)
The whole phenomenon offends me. 30 (11%)
Don't care. 34 (12%)
Other 26 (9%)

Here are the fill-in votes:

  • as variable in quality as other wines; therefore, buy some that I like, but not because of status (1 votes)
  • Bought a few on reputation and am waiting for some age on them until i drink them (1 votes)
  • Bought but haven't tried. (1 votes)
  • Buy a few mostly to give or serve to friends (1 votes)
  • Buy to drink, am not rich, ergo don't buy them. I see it as a pragmatic rather than moral issue. (1 votes)
  • can't afford them (1 votes)
  • Can't afford, never had the chance to taste (1 votes)
  • haven't tasted many of them (1 votes)
  • Haven't tasted, can't get them/can't afford them. (1 votes)
  • I find the whole phenomenom distracting. (1 votes)
  • I hate when something I've been buying for years, becomes a cult wine! (1 votes)
  • I need a definition of a 'cult wine' that is internationally and universally 'cult' (1 votes)
  • I'm a cultist. I love the wines of my cult. Please don't confuse them with hyper-inflated fad wine (1 votes)
  • Interested in good wine at a good value. (1 votes)
  • interested, but can't afford to taste them (1 votes)
  • It's like Starbuck's Coffee; some people go right along with the phrase "image is everything." (1 votes)
  • Mixed envy & disdain for the ones I can't purchase, fond feelings for the ones whose lists I'm on. (1 votes)
  • Never tried them, can't afford them (1 votes)
  • No opportunity to taste or buy. (1 votes)
  • Not available in my country (1 votes)
  • over-hyped, overpriced, variable like all other wines (1 votes)
  • pathetic, brand-conscious wankers wasting money on woody wine. (1 votes)
  • Popular wines FOLLOW popular people...What are the "popular" ones touting? (1 votes)
  • Quality to cost ratio very poor (1 votes)
  • The whole phenomenon offends me... but I LOVE to sell them to the idiots who will buy them (1 votes)
  • used to buy, but then discovered wine to DRINK, not tasting wines. (1 votes)


Total Votes: 190

On average, how often do you drink sparkling wine?

Once a week 32 (16%)
Once a month 54 (28%)
Less than once a month 65 (34%)
Only on New Year's 2 (1%)
Only at weddings and special occasions 33 (17%)
Only when someone else is serving it 4 (2%)


Total Votes: 693

What is the most frustrating thing about your wine hobby?

Not being able to order wine from wherever I want 101 (14%)
Corked, bad cork, bretty, other production problems 46 (6%)
Damaged wine, cooked, negligently shipped or stored 49 (7%)
Eagerly anticipated wine proves disappointing 49 (7%)
Bottle variation - wine tastes different from prior times 29 (4%)
Unknowledgeable retailers 40 (5%)
Scoring systems and their use/misuse to sell wines 44 (6%)
Learning how to read foreign wine labels 15 (2%)
Trying to guess when a wine is mature 43 (6%)
Unavailability of sought-after wines 78 (11%)
Can't find wines in my disorganized cellar 2 (0%)
Cellar full of wines I no longer like 11 (1%)
Intend to buy one bottle but bring home a case 28 (4%)
Friends always expect me to pick the wine 4 (0%)
Friends nervous about bringing wine to my house 16 (2%)
Partner uninterested in wine or objects to my spending 26 (3%)
Negative public attitudes toward alcohol consumption 28 (4%)
None 2 (0%)
Other (fill in the blank) 82 (11%)

These are the fill-in votes:

  • $oaring price$ (1 votes)
  • 1)Not enough money, 2)Worrying about if the wines are OK in my passively cooled cellar (1 votes)
  • Alcohol content of wine limits circumstances and amount of wine drinking (1 votes)
  • as a beginner, would like to buy the wine, try it and then read about it and how its rated (1 votes)
  • Available dollars rarely meet my appetite (1 votes)
  • Being mislabeled as a connoisseur (1 votes)
  • can never fininsh the whole bottle before it goes bad, without getting drunk. (1 votes)
  • Can no longer afford many favorite wines (1 votes)
  • Can't afford my favorites any more (1 votes)
  • Can't afford to buy all the wines I want! (1 votes)
  • collecting wines without broad popular appeal (1 votes)
  • Cost of habit (1 votes)
  • Cost. (1 votes)
  • Difficulty obtaining storage solution that meets my needs (1 votes)
  • distributors 'selling' to friends so wines never reach the retail level. (1 votes)
  • Don't always have funds available when a wine opportunity arises (1 votes)
  • Empty bank account (1 votes)
  • Escalation in prices has killed it for people like me who supported the industry 30 yrs ago (1 votes)
  • excessive markups on wine in restaurants (1 votes)
  • expense (1 votes)
  • Family disapproves of interest in wine appreciation (1 votes)
  • Good wines don't come in smaller bottles (1 votes)
  • Got involved after price escalation of mid-1990s (1 votes)
  • Government Bureaucratic B. S. in shipping and purchases (1 votes)
  • High Prices (1 votes)
  • High shipping charges (1 votes)
  • i can't afford all of the wines i'd like to try (1 votes)
  • I never have enough money to buy all the wines I want. (1 votes)
  • Impact of publications on a wines' price & availability. (1 votes)
  • Inappropriately derogatory comments about a wine merely because one doesn't appreciate the style (1 votes)
  • Lack of Funds for better wine! (1 votes)
  • Lack of funds to buy the wine (1 votes)
  • lack of knowledge (1 votes)
  • Local Monopoly pricing (Canada) (1 votes)
  • Massive price increases with every new release. (1 votes)
  • Matching food with wine. Books tell you to match wines with food you'll NEVER eat at home. (1 votes)
  • minimum wine pricing in my state(Ohio) (1 votes)
  • My husband wants me to like pink wine. (1 votes)
  • No cellar and no proper long term storage in my home (1 votes)
  • No wine glasses around when you need them (1 votes)
  • Not enough money!!! (1 votes)
  • Not enough temperature controlled storage space in my house (1 votes)
  • not finding one I hear good things about. (1 votes)
  • Not having enough money (1 votes)
  • not having enough room for wine (1 votes)
  • Not having tasting Info when in the wine store. (1 votes)
  • not knowing which wines have no additives (1 votes)
  • not spending more than $x because of fear of being disappointed (1 votes)
  • Outrageous prices for many french & italian wines (1 votes)
  • PA state store system (1 votes)
  • People who think I don't know anything about wine because I'm "only" 23 (I work in the trade) (1 votes)
  • poor selection or bad vintages in retailers (1 votes)
  • price-rises (1 votes)
  • Prices escalating beyond quality (1 votes)
  • prices going up and up (1 votes)
  • Prices rises putting favourite wines out of my budget (1 votes)
  • Reds too warm and whites too cold in restaurants (1 votes)
  • restaurant pricing (2 votes)
  • Restaurants that charge TOO much! (1 votes)
  • Robert Parker (1 votes)
  • Snobbery of the rich (1 votes)
  • So many wines, so little time! (1 votes)
  • Some old favorites becoming too expensive (1 votes)
  • some prices for those of us who love wine on a limitted budget (1 votes)
  • Sometimes unable to fully appreciate, thus damaging enjoyment (reason: lack of tasting experience?) (1 votes)
  • That "outrageous wine prices" wasn't one of the voting selections (1 votes)
  • That I can't keep my spending under control (1 votes)
  • The fact that I can't drink as much as I want because I would become intoxicated (1 votes)
  • The high cost of great wine (1 votes)
  • the high prices (1 votes)
  • This hobby is too heavy to carry (1 votes)
  • Three Tier System (1 votes)
  • too expensive (1 votes)
  • trying to choose few bottles in the duty free (1 votes)
  • Unreasonable escalating wine prices (1 votes)
  • Well, duh!, price gouging by sellers. (1 votes)
  • wholesalers wanting to control and restrict direct sales on line. (1 votes)
  • Wine being treated like it is something for the rich and famous (1 votes)
  • Wine in restaurants. Too expensive and always at the wrong temperature (1 votes)
  • wine shops tend to overlook many wonderful wines and concentrate on big name/ big money wines . (1 votes)
  • Wines over priced considering the quality (1 votes)


Total Votes: 813

What wine glass(es) do you use most often?

Riedel Sommelier 44 (5%)
Riedel Vinum 156 (19%)
Riedel Overture 23 (2%)
Les Impitoyables 6 (0%)
Other high-end tasting glass 18 (2%)
INAO glass 45 (5%)
Impitoyable mini-taster 4 (0%)
Riedel tasting glass 8 (0%)
Other specialized tasting glass 12 (1%)
Waterford 30 (3%)
Lenox 50 (6%)
Other Luxury Crystal 36 (4%)
Mikasa Vivendi 44 (5%)
Pier One 18 (2%)
Crate & Barrel 45 (5%)
Other budget wine glass 114 (14%)
Tasting glasses from wineries 58 (7%)
Tumbler 11 (1%)
Whatever is close at hand 43 (5%)
Other 48 (5%)

These are the fill-in votes:

  • (1 votes)
  • a glass that does not cost as much as my rent (1 votes)
  • a random collection of inexpensive odds and ends and souvenier glasses (1 votes)
  • Also use hand-blown wine glasses made by family member (artist) (1 votes)
  • Antique and unique flea market finds. (1 votes)
  • Ba (1 votes)
  • Cristal d'Arques (1 votes)
  • Cristal d'Arques Oenologue (1 votes)
  • dollar store special (1 votes)
  • Eisch (1 votes)
  • glasses stolen from restaurants (1 votes)
  • IKEA glasses (1 votes)
  • ISO standard glass (1 votes)
  • Libby (1 votes)
  • Mason Jars (1 votes)
  • Mikasa and others (1 votes)
  • Mikasa Beaujolais (1 votes)
  • Mikasa Stephanie Bordeaux Glass (1 votes)
  • Oneida burgundy long stem (1 votes)
  • Orrefors (swedish, luxury crystal, specialized tasting glass) (1 votes)
  • Orrefors Wine taster glass (1 votes)
  • Pewter chalice (1 votes)
  • Restaurant "Bistro" glasses we bought by he case. (1 votes)
  • Riedel Wine (1 votes)
  • Shott-Zweisel Bordeaux (1 votes)
  • Silver Oak glass for whites (1 votes)
  • Souvenir glasses from tastings (1 votes)
  • Speiglau, Red Wine Glass (1 votes)
  • spiegalau (1 votes)
  • spiegaleu (1 votes)
  • Spiegelau (8 votes)
  • Spiegelau Grand Bordeaux and the white wine glass (1 votes)
  • Spiegelau Rottwein "Soiree" (1 votes)
  • Spigelau (1 votes)
  • St George Crystal (1 votes)
  • St. Georges INAO Tasting glassware (1 votes)
  • Tasting glasses from Louisville Jaycees Annual Wine Tasting (1 votes)
  • Tasting glasses from special events (1 votes)
  • William Sonoma (2 votes)
  • WINE GLASS MAKE FROM COCONUT SHELL,ENHANCE THE TASTE OF RED WINE. (1 votes)

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