Dec. 27, 2004

Total Votes: 1053

Wine buying strategy for 2005

No real change 57 (5%)
Buy more wine 140 (13%)
Buy less wine 68 (6%)
Stay with the familiar 36 (3%)
Branch out and experiment 196 (18%)
Buy more expensive wine 99 (9%)
Buy more affordable wine 104 (9%)
Buy more online/mail order 47 (4%)
Buy more locally 62 (5%)
Try a wine-of-the-month club 15 (1%)
Get on more winery mailing lists 49 (4%)
Get off the mailing lists 10 (0%)
Explore high-end "cult" wines 23 (2%)
Start following Parker 17 (1%)
Cancel Parker subscription 15 (1%)
Start following Wine Spectator 23 (2%)
Cancel Wine Spectator subscription 34 (3%)
Other (fill-in) 58 (5%)

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Dec. 6, 2004

Total Votes: 561

Buying wine online

Legal here, and I do it 202 (36%)
Legal here, but I don't 45 (8%)
Not legal here, but I do it anyway 141 (25%)
Not legal here, and I don't 173 (30%)


Nov. 22, 2004

Total Votes: 307

My usual wine-shop purchase ...

1 bottle 15 (4%)
2 or 3 bottles 114 (37%)
4 or 5 bottles 54 (17%)
6-bottle case 16 (5%)
7 to 11 bottles 17 (5%)
12-bottle case 59 (19%)
More than 1 case 27 (8%)
I buy only online/mail order 5 (1%)


Nov. 8, 2004

Total Votes: 424

Political preference?

Republican 103 (24%)
Democrat 137 (32%)
Independent 56 (13%)
Liberal 52 (12%)
Conservative 28 (6%)
Other (Fill-in) 48 (11%)
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Oct. 4, 2004

Total Votes: 911

How much is too much?

None 3 (0%)
One drink per day 17 (1%)
Two drinks 60 (6%)
Three drinks 239 (26%)
Four drinks 280 (30%)
One bottle 160 (17%)
More than 1 bottle 152 (16%)


Sept. 6, 2004

Total Votes: 436

Organize the wine shop

Country/region 230 (52%)
Grape variety 97 (22%)
Wine style 65 (14%)
Price 7 (1%)
Alphabetical 3 (0%)
Doesn't matter, just give me helpful staff 27 (6%)
Other (fill-in) 7 (1%)

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Aug. 2, 2004

Total Votes: 510

The wine closure of the future?

Artificial corks in less than 10 years 57 (11%)
Artificial corks in 10 years or more 10 (1%)
Screwcaps in less than 10 years 267 (52%)
Screwcaps in 10 years or more 46 (9%)
Crown caps in less than 10 years 6 (1%)
Natural cork will remain dominant 76 (14%)
I don't know 6 (1%)
I don't care 10 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 32 (6%)

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July 14, 2004

Total Votes: 587

Best wine match with grilled fare

Zinfandel 166 (28%)
Syrah, Shiraz or Petite Sirah 127 (21%)
Red Rhone blends 68 (11%)
Merlot 20 (3%)
Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends 78 (13%)
Sangiovese and Chianti blends 29 (4%)
Gewurztraminer 3 (0%)
White ... any white 5 (0%)
Dry Rosé 16 (2%)
White Zinfandel 2 (0%)
Cheap bubbly 1 (0%)
Beer, of course! 21 (3%)
Unsweet iced tea 1 (0%)
Other (fill-in) 50 (8%)

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June 28, 2004

Total Votes: 207

Buy it, drink it, or wait?

Today or tomorrow 16 (7%)
Within one week 21 (10%)
Within one month 35 (16%)
Within three months 32 (15%)
Within one year 48 (23%)
Longer than one year 55 (26%)


June 7, 2004

Total Votes: 155

How long should wine rest after shipping?

What - I should wait? 10 (6%)
A day or three 11 (7%)
About a week 37 (23%)
About two weeks 31 (20%)
About a month 24 (15%)
Depends on age of the wine 8 (5%)
Depends on whether it's filtered 2 (1%)
Depends on the specific wine 18 (11%)
Depends on how far it traveled 5 (3%)
Other (fill-in) 9 (5%)

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May 17, 2004

Total Votes: 1615

I feel justified in returning a wine when ...

"Corked" 285 (17%)
Oxidized 229 (14%)
Heat-damaged 238 (14%)
Seepage in the capsule 129 (7%)
Label damaged 10 (0%)
Label missing 74 (4%)
Wine is not clear 57 (3%)
Wine is cloudy 83 (5%)
Wine is discolored 95 (5%)
Excessive sediment 32 (1%)
Overpriced for quality 5 (0%)
Wasn't what I expected 7 (0%)
Bad match with food 2 (0%)
"Just doesn't taste right" 65 (4%)
For replacement only, not refund 103 (6%)
Only with recent purchases 126 (7%)
Any purchase, no matter how long ago 38 (2%)
Never 10 (0%)
Other (fill-in) 27 (1%)

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April 19, 2004

Total Votes: 4373

Wines I haven't tried yet

I have tried them all 7 (0%)
I have tasted none of them 15 (0%)
Aglianico 177 (4%)
Albariño 126 (2%)
Arneis 176 (4%)
Barbera 43 (0%)
Chambourcin 200 (4%)
Dolcetto 76 (1%)
Fiano di Avellino 212 (4%)
Freisa 225 (5%)
Greco di Tufo 180 (4%)
Gruner Veltliner 116 (2%)
Lemberger/Blaufränkisch 171 (3%)
Malvasia 128 (2%)
Mataro/Mourvèdre/Monastrell 62 (1%)
Mondeuse 229 (5%)
Nero d'Avola 140 (3%)
Pineau d'Aunis 237 (5%)
Pinotage 89 (2%)
Poulsard 245 (5%)
Scheurebe 189 (4%)
Tannat 179 (4%)
Tempranillo 33 (0%)
Tocai Friulano 145 (3%)
Torrontes 196 (4%)
Verdelho 113 (2%)
Verduzzo 225 (5%)
Vermentino 179 (4%)
Vignoles 193 (4%)
Viognier 45 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 22 (0%)

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March 19, 2004

Total Votes: 600

Do shelf 'talkers' influence your wine purchase?

Greatly 109 (18%)
Somewhat 290 (48%)
Only a little 156 (26%)
Not at all 45 (7%)


March 1, 2004

Total Votes: 300

I drink wine with food ...

Rarely or never 13 (4%)
About 25% of the time 23 (7%)
About 50% of the time 63 (21%)
About 75% of the time 77 (25%)
Just about always 124 (41%)


Feb. 9, 2004

Total Votes: 694

Worst wine advice

All this wine needs is a little cellar time. 31 (4%)
All that alcohol is good: it preserves the wine. 19 (2%)
Out of balance? Just wait a few years. 21 (3%)
If a little oak is good, more is better. 83 (11%)
There's never a bad vintage in California. 42 (6%)
This vintage wasn't that bad. 14 (2%)
It's supposed to smell like that. 76 (10%)
New World wines won't age. Buy Old World only. 17 (2%)
Old World wines reek. Buy New World only. 11 (1%)
Eastern U.S. states don't make good wine. 26 (3%)
French-hybrid grapes are just as good as vinifera. 7 (1%)
You'll love this Chardonnay ... it's buttery. 53 (7%)
If you like Chateau Rolex, you'll love this Chateau. 10 (1%)
This wine will be a great investment. 34 (4%)
Parker rated it 99. You'll love it. 52 (7%)
The Spectator loved it. So will you. 69 (9%)
Hate the wine? Then cook with it. 67 (9%)
You should buy a wine cellar. 9 (1%)
You should get into the wine business. 53 (7%)


Jan. 12, 2004

Total Votes: 497

What's your wine-list strategy?

Splurge on the best 5 (1%)
Fancier than I drink at home 58 (11%)
About the same as I drink at home 123 (24%)
Save with a cheaper wine 47 (9%)
Seek best value regardless of price 187 (37%)
Only the cheapest on the list 2 (0%)
Who can afford restaurant wine? 40 (8%)
Only by the glass 35 (7%)


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