Dec. 28, 2005

Total Votes: 2669

Wine buying strategy for 2006

No real change 140 (5%)
Buy more wine 349 (13%)
Buy less wine 69 (2%)
Stay with the familiar 70 (2%)
Branch out and experiment 541 (20%)
Buy more expensive wine 257 (9%)
Buy more affordable wine 270 (10%)
Buy more online/mail order 136 (5%)
Buy more locally 179 (6%)
Try a wine-of-the-month club 62 (2%)
Get on more winery mailing lists 181 (6%)
Get off the mailing lists 20 (0%)
Explore high-end "cult" wines 72 (2%)
Start following Parker 32 (1%)
Cancel Parker subscription 31 (1%)
Start following Wine Spectator 56 (2%)
Cancel Wine Spectator subscription 48 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 156 (5%)

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Nov. 14, 2005

Total Votes: 375

Are you buying more wine online?

Yes (my state laws changed) 41 (10%)
Yes (state laws did not change) 77 (20%)
Yes (not in the U.S.) 11 (2%)
No (state laws changed) 39 (10%)
No (laws did not change) 182 (48%)
No (not in the U.S.) 25 (6%)


Sept. 26, 2005

Total Votes: 545

What do you keep in your wine cellar (besides wine)?

Beer 81 (14%)
Chocolate 35 (6%)
Cigars 44 (8%)
Corkscrews 41 (7%)
Empty bottles 49 (8%)
Herbs and spices 17 (3%)
Food 34 (6%)
Furs 2 (0%)
Liquor 67 (12%)
Medicine 4 (0%)
Snacks 12 (2%)
Wine books and magazines 32 (5%)
You tell us! (fill-in) 127 (23%)

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Aug. 19, 2005

Total Votes: 508

Traditional or Modern?

Traditional 224 (44%)
Modern 89 (17%)
Both 174 (34%)
No preference 15 (2%)
Don't know 6 (1%)


Aug. 10, 2005

Total Votes: 1589

Are you ready for screw caps on fine wine?

Hell yes! 522 (32%)
Yes! 509 (32%)
I'm not sure yet 204 (12%)
No! 160 (10%)
Hell no! 194 (12%)


July 18, 2005

Total Votes: 644

What's your vacation wine strategy?

Bring wine from home 163 (25%)
Ship wine ahead to destination 6 (0%)
Buy retail at destination 140 (21%)
Drink at restaurants 117 (18%)
Drink from cruise ship list 3 (0%)
Taste/buy at wineries 147 (22%)
Drink beer or liquor instead of wine 7 (1%)
Don't drink adult beverages on vacation 3 (0%)
Don't take vacations 9 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 49 (7%)

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June 20, 2005

Total Votes: 1139

Favorite summer beverages

Dry white wine 145 (12%)
Off-dry white wine 91 (7%)
Sweet white wine 20 (1%)
Dry rosé wine 97 (8%)
"Blush" wine 10 (0%)
Red wine 86 (7%)
Wine spritzers 14 (1%)
Wine coolers 3 (0%)
Serious beer 93 (8%)
Mass-market beer 20 (1%)
"Lite" beer 21 (1%)
Cocktail 47 (4%)
Iced tea 95 (8%)
Iced coffee 25 (2%)
Iced latte, etc. 15 (1%)
Lemonade 61 (5%)
Fruit juice 19 (1%)
Kool-Aid 1 (0%)
Cola 28 (2%)
Other soft drinks 12 (1%)
Water 126 (11%)
Sparkling water 56 (4%)
Other (fill-in) 54 (4%)

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May 30, 2005

Total Votes: 1628

Where do you acquire your wine?

Brick-and-mortar wine shops 374 (22%)
Online wine shops 150 (9%)
Grocery stores 232 (14%)
Liquor stores 276 (16%)
Purchase at the winery 215 (13%)
Mail/Internet from the winery 123 (7%)
Mail/Internet wine clubs 72 (4%)
Live auctions 9 (0%)
Internet auctions 34 (2%)
Make my own 33 (2%)
Gifts 63 (3%)
Other (fill-in) 47 (2%)

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May 9, 2005

Total Votes: 1077

How do you prepare for a wine tour?

Read reviews of the region's wines 148 (13%)
Ask friends or merchant's advice 98 (9%)
Ask questions on online wine forums 34 (3%)
Study books about the region 128 (11%)
Buy maps 67 (6%)
Surf Websites 169 (15%)
Taste regional wines in advance 46 (4%)
List wines to try while there 88 (8%)
Make appointments for private tours 87 (8%)
Travel with knowledgeable friends 39 (3%)
Join an organized wine tour 16 (1%)
Just go and enjoy the surprises 144 (13%)
Other (fill-in) 13 (1%)

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April 18, 2005

Total Votes: 476

Fair restaurant wine markup?

Wholesale plus 10 percent 18 (3%)
Equal to retail 26 (5%)
Retail plus 10 percent 132 (27%)
1 1/2 times retail 174 (36%)
2 times retail 69 (14%)
2 1/2 times retail 7 (1%)
3 times retail 3 (0%)
Whatever the market will bear 15 (3%)
Other 32 (6%)

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March 21, 2005

Total Votes: 679

How important are the health benefits of wine for you?

1 - Not at all 50 (7%)
2 48 (7%)
3 98 (14%)
4 80 (11%)
5 - Equal with other factors 182 (26%)
6 79 (11%)
7 80 (11%)
8 37 (5%)
9 14 (2%)
10 - Health is the only reason I drink wine 11 (1%)


March 7, 2005

Total Votes: 1444

When do you drink sparkling wine?

New Year's 167 (11%)
Wedding 150 (10%)
Graduation 80 (5%)
Anniversary 122 (8%)
Birthday 111 (7%)
Holiday 104 (7%)
Business deal or promotion 58 (4%)
Team won sports event 22 (1%)
Other special occasion 112 (7%)
Not-so-special occasion 96 (6%)
Before dinner 118 (8%)
With dinner 88 (6%)
After dinner 47 (3%)
Any time! 128 (8%)
Rarely 35 (2%)
Never 6 (0%)


Feb. 28, 2005

Total Votes: 148

Should Sideways have swept the Oscars?

Yes, Sideways was robbed! 45 (30%)
No, it wasn't that good 78 (52%)
I haven't seen it yet 24 (16%)
I don't intend to see it 1 (0%)


Feb. 21, 2005

Total Votes: 164

Your greatest wine disaster?

Wine froze while shipping 3 (1%)
Wine cooked while shipping 6 (3%)
Left wine in car and cooked it 7 (4%)
Broke a prized bottle 14 (8%)
Knocked over shop wine display 1 (0%)
Bought too much, no longer like the wine 7 (4%)
Wine bought at auction turned out bad 4 (2%)
Spent too much amid auction excitement 3 (1%)
Spouse/SO discovered wine-shop bill 13 (7%)
Trusted critic, hated the wine 5 (3%)
Cellared prize too long, wine too old 17 (10%)
Spouse/SO used wine treasure for cooking 2 (1%)
Friend/baby-sitter opened prized wine 8 (4%)
Guest mixed prized wine with soft drink 3 (1%)
Expensive wine gift didn't please recipient 8 (4%)
Enjoyed too much wine, behaved regrettably 30 (18%)
Humiliated by snooty sommelier 2 (1%)
Other (fill-in) 31 (18%)

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Jan. 31, 2005

Total Votes: 317

What drink goes best with chocolate?

Banyuls/Maury 39 (12%)
Brachetto d'Acqui 7 (2%)
Cabernet Sauvignon 41 (12%)
Champagne/sparkling wine 21 (6%)
Coffee 30 (9%)
Eiswein/ice wine 4 (1%)
Framboise/Fruit liqueur 8 (2%)
Milk 24 (7%)
Moscato d'Asti 1 (0%)
Muscat/Liqueur Muscat 7 (2%)
Pedro Ximenez/Cream Sherry 5 (1%)
Recioto della Valpolicella 3 (0%)
Riesling/Late Harvest Riesling 3 (0%)
Ruby Port/Vintage Port 45 (14%)
Tawny Port/Colheita 20 (6%)
Tokaji 1 (0%)
Vin Santo 3 (0%)
Zinfandel/Late Harvest Zinfandel 18 (5%)
None 6 (1%)
Other (Fill-in) 31 (9%)

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Jan. 17, 2005

Total Votes: 299

How much do you exercise?

More than two hours daily 11 (3%)
90 minutes daily 23 (7%)
One hour daily 60 (20%)
30 minutes daily 51 (17%)
Less than 30 minutes daily 22 (7%)
A few times a week 93 (31%)
Weekly 7 (2%)
A few times a month 8 (2%)
Monthly 3 (1%)
Less than monthly 14 (4%)
Never 7 (2%)


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