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February 2014: Does a wine's alcohol content sway your buying decisions?

I prefer lower alcohol wines (say under 13%) 58.7%
The alcohol has no bearing on my decision 38.2%
I prefer higher alcohol wines (say over 14%) 5.1%

November 2013: When do you start planning your Christmas day wines?

At least a month before Christmas 38.8%
A couple of weeks before Christmas 33.3%
A couple of days before Christmas 18.5%
I don't plan it specifically 5.5%
On Christmas day 3.7%

August 2013: How has your wine spending changed in the last few years?

I am spending more 48.1%
I am spending less 29.6%
I am spending the same 22.2%

May 2013: How confident are you that you can spot a corked wine?

I can spot obviously corked wines 58.6%
I can spot a corked wine every time 34.5%
I've rarely identified a corked wine 6.7%
I can never tell if a wine is corked 0%

March 2013: Is Robert Parker's influence waning?

I'm British and I say Yes 58.4%
I'm British and I say No 19.8%
I'm from another country and I say Yes 17.8%
I'm American and I say Yes 1.9%
I'm from another country and I say No 1.9%
I'm American and I say No 0.9%

January 2013: Is it time to kill off the Anything But Chardonnay Club?

For me, Chardonnay never went away 80.1%
Yes, Chardonnay is back 13.2%
No, Chardonnay is stil a no go area 6.6%

October 2012: when dining out as a couple, who chooses the wine?

I chose (male with female partner) 78.7%
I chose (female with male partner) 10%
I chose (male with male partner) 7.5%
My partner chooses (male with female partner) 1.2%
my partner chooses (female with male partner) 1.2%
my partner chooses (male with male partner) 1.2%
I chose (female with female partner) 0%
my partner chooses (female with female partner) 0%

July 2012: is Sauvignon Blanc one of the world's great wine grapes?

Only rarely does it acheive greatness 51.9%
Yes, it is one of the great wine grapes 34.5%
No, it is a second-rate grape 13.6%

May 2012: Apparently low and no-alcohol wines are becoming popular. Do you buy them?

haven't tasted them and doesn't interest me 64.4%
have tasted them and would not buy 24.4%
haven't tasted them but intend to try them 6.6%
I buy them occasionally 2.2%
I buy them often 2.2%
haven't heard about them 0.0%

April 2012: Is the 'natural wine' movement just a passing fad?

Yes, will end up as a small niche sector 79.9%
No, one day most wines will be natural wines 13.1%
Yes, is already beginning to fizzle out 7.0%

February 2012: Have you ever bought wine at auction?

No, never 32.5%
Very occasionally, traditional auction 23.5%
Quite often, traditional auction 12.3%
Quite often, online AND traditional auction 7.8%
Very occasionally, online auction 6.7%
Regularly, online AND traditional auction 6.7%
Very occasionally, online AND traditional auction 4.4%
Regularly, traditional auction 3.3%
Quite often, online auction 2.3%
Regularly, online auction 0.0%

December 2011: where did the last wine you drank come from?

France 42.3%
Italy 12.1%
Spain 9.8%
Australia 9.2%
New Zealand 4.4%
South Africa 3.8%
Portugal 3.1%
Chile 2.5%
Germany 2.5%
Argentina 2.2%
Austria 2.2%
USA 1.9%
Other (Asia, middle east, etc) 1.5%
Other European country 1.2%
Central Europe 0.3%
Other New World country 0.3%

October 2011: What corkage charge would you be happy to pay in a high quality restaurant that offered BYO?

£15 per bottle 29.0%
£10 per bottle 23.7%
£20 per bottle 15.9%
£30 per bottle 11.8%
£5 per bottle 9.0%
£25 per bottle 8.6%
zero 1.6%

August 2011: if you had to make a decision today, that all wines must be bottled with just one type of closure, which would you choose?

natural cork 68.6%
screwcap (stelvin) 27.5%
synthetic cork 3.9%

July 2011: Sherrry renaissance: new age, or false dawn?

Sherry might find a few new fans 71.4%
Sherry will never really catch on 21.0%
Sherry is set to really catch on 7.6%

May 2011: will you be buying Bordeaux 2010 en primeur?

No, I have no intention of buying 50.3%
Perhaps, depends on prices 32.9%
Yes, I will be buying 16.8%

March 2011: Do you shop in Oddbins stores?

No - I could, but tend not to 54.8%
Yes, occasionally 22.2%
No - only because there are no stores near me 17.4%
Yes, frequently 5.1%
Not in stores, but I shop with them online 0.3%

February 2011: if not drinking wine, beer or any other alcoholic drink, what do you drink with dinner?

tap water 44.9%
bottled water 29.2%
other cold drink 7.8%
tea 5.6%
fruit juice 4.4%
fizzy drinks 4.4%
coffee 2.2%
milk 1.1%
other hot drink 0%

December 2010: what is the oldest wine you have ever tasted?

Pre-1900 vintage 19.2%
1960s vintage 16.3%
1950s vintage 14.6%
1970s vintage 9.3%
1920s vintage 8.7%
1930s vintage 8.1%
1940s vintage 7%
1980s vintage 5.2%
1900s vintage 5.2%
1910s vintage 3.5%
1990s vintage 1.7%
2000 vintage onward 0.5%

August 2010: do you buy Bordeaux wines 'En Primeur'?

Yes I do 64.0%
I used to but have stopped 21.0%
No I do not 14.0%
I have not, but may in future 1.0%

May 2010: do you belong to a regular wine tasting group?

yes, I belong to a regular tasting group 47.5%
No, I do not 34.7%
No, but I do belong to an occasional group 17.8%

March 2010: Which country offers best "everyday drinking" value?

France 27.0%
Chile 24.0%
Australia 16.0%
Spain 13.0%
South Africa 5.0%
Italy 4.0%
Portugal 4.0%
Argentina 3.0%
Germany 3.0%
New Zealand 1.0%
Other 0.0%
USA 0.0%

February 2010: do you deliberately choose to holiday in wine regions?

yes, occasionally 45.0%
yes, regularly 39.5%
no, it's not a factor 15.5%

January 2010: would you prefer to see tasting notes without scores?

No, scores can be useful 65.2%
Yes, scores are stupid 18.2%
No, scores are essential 16.6%

October 2009: What's your take on the art/science of food and wine matching?

I follow basic principles but don't get obsessed 62.8%
I just drink what I like and eat what I like 25.6%
I try to find the perfect wine for every dish 11.6%

August 2009: Would you pay an extra £1 to buy a wine made from organic grapes?

No 67.0%
Yes 33.0%

July 2009: how much rose do you drink compared to other types of wine?

I drink much less rose than red or white 59.5%
I don't drink rose 24.5%
I drink a little less rose than red or white 10.5%
I drink the same amount of rose as red or white 3.5%
I drink a little more rose than red or white 1.5%
I drink much more rose than red or white 0.0%

June 2009: are you a member of the ABC club?

No, I often drink Chardonnay 61.5%
No, but drink less than I used to 29.5%
Yes 9.0%

May 2009: If you were offered a glass right now: Prosecco, Cava, Sparkling Shiraz or Champagne?

Champagne 68.0%
Prosecco 20.5%
Sparkling Shiraz 7.2%
Cava 4.3%

April 2009: would a minimum bottle price of £5 (10 euro, $7 US) be good for wine?

No 61.0%
Yes 39.0%

March 2009: Is Sauvignon Blanc one of the great wine grapes?

Yes, it is capable of greatness 54.7%
No, it is second rank 45.3%

February 2009: does the quality of wine coverage influence your choice of Sunday newspaper?

it is one of the factors in my choice 42.6%
it has no influence on my choice 34.8%
I don't buy a Sunday newspaper 19.1%
I choose my paper mainly for its wine coverage 3.5%

January 2009: Do you currently pay for any subscription wine sites?

No, I don't pay for any 52.0%
Yes, I pay for one 24.2%
Yes, I pay for two 12.6%
Yes, I pay for three 5.5%
Yes, I pay for four or more 5.5%

December 2008: have you noticed any change in the style of Australian wines in the past few years?

yes, wine are not so big and oaky 53.0%
no, wines are much the same 39.0%
yes, wines are bigger and oakier 8.0%

September 2008: how do you react to 'BOGOF' 2-for-1 wine offers?

I'm sceptical and probably won't buy it 42.7%
Depends on the wine - might buy it 29.2%
Wouldn't touch it with a bargepole 27.3%
Presume its a good price - will buy it 0.8%

August 2008: Is 'organic' on the label more likely to make you buy a particular wine?

It wouldn't influence me one way or the other 46.9%
It might have a small positive influence 37.9%
No, it would put me off buying it 10.7%
It would be a major plus point 4.5%
No, I'm spending more than ever 0.0%

July 2008: has the 'credit crunch' started to affect your wine buying behaviour?

Yes, I'm trying to spending less 37.2%
No, I'm spending the same 32.3%
Not yet, though I'm considering spending less 20.4%
No, I'm spending more than ever 11.1%

June 2008: has the incidence of cork taint started to decrease?

yes, I'm finding fewer corked wines 76.3%
no, the level is about the same 19.7%
no, I'm finding an increase in cork taint 4.0%

May 2008: For average consumers (not collectors) has Parker's influence been good or bad?

Good 45.2%
Bad 39.4%
Neutral 15.4%

March 2008: is buying Bordeaux 'en primeur' dead?

no, it just needs a great vintage 60.2%
for me It was never alive 17.3%
yes, I'll never buy that way again 15.8%
no, I'll be buying this year 6.4%

February 2008: how much of your wine do you buy on the Internet?

about half: 40% - 60% 22.7%
a lot: 70 - 80% 20.9%
quite a lot: 20%, or 30% 19.7%
very little - maybe 10% 14.9%
almost everything: 90% or 100% 13.1%
none - I only buy in shops 8.3%

January 2008: Is Champagne overrated?

No, Champagne is a classic wine 70.4%
Yes, all Champage is overrated 29.6%

November 2007: Is raising tax on all alcohol by 10% a good way to curb problem drinking?

No, it will not work 78.2%
Yes, but other action needed 13.2%
No, the problem is over-stated 6.2%
Yes, it is fair and effective 1.2%
Yes, but exclude wine 1.2%

October 2007: how do you preserve leftover wine?

stick the cork back in 44.7%
use a vacuum pump system 30.0%
decant into smaller bottle 11.6%
other 7.9%
just cook with it 3.0%
freeze it 1.8%
use a gas cannister 0.6%

September 2007: what's the oldest wine you've ever drunk?

1961-1970 19.4%
pre-1900 16.4%
1951-1960 13.9%
1941-1950 10.9%
1971-1980 8.9%
1981-1990 8.9%
1921-1930 5.9%
1931-1940 4.4%
1991-2000 4.4%
1911-1920 3.4%
1900-1910 2.4%
post-2000 0.4%

August 2007: do you buy bottled water in restaurants?

Sometimes 44.9%
Yes, always 33.3%
No, never 23.6%

July 2007: do you recycle your empty wine bottles?

Yes, always 90.6%
Yes, sometimes 5.5%
No, no recycling facilities 3.2%
No, too much effort 0.7%
No, its a waste of time 0%

July 2007: how often do you drink wine at home?

every day 44.2%
several times per week 35.7%
2 or 3 times per week 18.7%
about once per week 1.4%
less frequently 0%

June 2007: which of these factors would most influence your buying decision on an 'everyday' bottle of wine?

brand or producer 28.1%
region of origin 20.4%
grape variety 13.3%
critic's recommendation 12.6%
special offer price 9.8%
friend's recommendation 8.4%
country of origin 5.6%
alcohol level 1.4%

May 2007: is rosé's current popularity just a passing phase?

no, rosé deserves its place 66.6%
yes, it's driven by fashion 33.4%

April 2007: how would you rate your own wine tasting skills?

good 39.3%
advanced 26.2%
average 22.2%
below average 7.0%
expert 4.3%
poor 1.0%

March 2007: where did the last wine you drank come from?

France 37.5%
Australia 15.2%
Italy 10.1%
Spain 7.6%
New Zealand 6.3%
South Africa 4.4%
Germany 4.4%
Chile 4.4%
California 3.1%
Other Europe 2.5%
Portugal 1.9%
Argentina 1.2%
Other New World 0.6%

February 2007: friends ask you to choose, order and taste the wine in a restaurant. How do you feel?

Relaxed 48.2%
Delighted 43.6%
Nervous 7.6%
Horrified 0.6%

November 2006: have you already chosen your Christmas day wines?

Have started to make vague plans 42.8%
No, It's far too early to decide 34.6%
Yes, I know exactly what I'll be pouring 17.3%
I won't be pouring anything special 3.0%
I don't celebrate Christmas 2.0%
Depends what the relatives bring 0%

September 2006: which of these stands without equal in the world of wine?

Burgundy (red) 21.6%
Champagne 21.6%
all of them 16.8%
none of them 14.8%
Rhone Syrah (Shiraz) 12.1%
Bordeaux (red) 8.7%
Alsace Riesling 4.0%

September 2006: how often do you decant a wine before pouring?

seldom 54.4%
often 39.6%
never 4.5%
always 1.5%

August 2006: what's your favourite beverage other than wine?

beer 45.4%
tea 14.1%
coffee 11.1%
other non-alcoholic drink 9.0%
whisky 8.0%
armagnac 4.0%
other alcoholic drink 3.0%
brandy or cognac 2.0%
don't have one 1.0%
vodka 1.0%
tequila 1.0%
rum 1.0%

August 2006: do you own a refrigerated wine storage cabinet?

no 55.0%
yes (I live in the UK) 34.0%
yes (I live elsewhere) 11.0%

July 2006: what's your target price for everyday drinking?

£6-£8 46.5%
£4-£6 31.1%
£8 or more 21.0%
£4 or less 1.4%

June 2006: How confident are you that you can spot a corked wine?

I can spot obviously corked ones 47.3%
can spot a corked wine every time 35.7%
I've rarely identified a corked wine 16.4%
I'd have no idea a wine was corked 0.6%

May 2006: rose wine is apparently selling faster than ever before, but how much pink wine do you drink?

only 1 or 2 bottles a year 25.0%
maybe 7- 12 bottles a year 20.0%
maybe 3 - 6 bottles a year 16.2%
maybe 13- 20 bottles a year 15.0%
none 13.7%
more than 21 bottles a year 10.0%

April 2006: which scoring system do you use when tasting wine?

20-point 22.0%
100-point 21.1%
good, very good, etc 19.2%
I don't score wines 16.5%
another system 11.0%
5-point 9.2%
3-point 0.9%

April 2006: should all of the ingredients used in making a wine be listed on its label, including any additives?

Yes 58.3%
No 41.7%

March 2006: should French winemakers be allowed to plant whatever grapes they want, wherever they want to?

Yes 59.3%
No 40.7%

February 2006: what is the main influence on what wines you buy?

the Internet 28.3%
browsing the shelves 20.7%
newspapers & magazines 12.2%
special offers and sales 11.3%
wine merchant's advice 10.3%
formal tastings 9.4%
talking to friends 6.6%
advertising 0.9%

January 2006: is Parker's influence starting to decline?

Yes 58.8%
No 41.2%

December 2005: what delivery charge is fair if buying one case of wine mail order or from an Internet merchant?

£5.00 30.3%
£7.50 25.5%
£10.00 23.4%
£12.50 9.5%
zero 9.0%
£15.00 2.1%
£20.00 0.0%

November 2005: would you buy everday wines in Tetrapack?

No 60.8%
Yes 39.2%

October 2005: do you make and keep notes on wines you drink?

yes, very often 27.3%
occasionally on special wines 26.7%
yes, on almost everything 26.0%
no, never 20.0%

September 2005: what is your best source of truly interesting wines?

independent merchant 65.8%
internet merchant 17.4%
direct from producer 11.9%
national wine shop chain 3.1%
supermarket 1.5%

August 2005: how many bottles do you have in your cellar?

less than 200 16.7%
less than 100 14.4%
less than 750 12.7%
less than 300 10.4%
less than 400 8.6%
less than 500 8.6%
less than 1000 8.6%
more than 1000 7.5%
less than 50 6.3%
more than 2000 5.7%
don't have a cellar 0%

July 2005: should the drink-drive limit be reduced to zero?

No 75%
Yes 25%

June 2005: do you have a professional interest in wine?

No, just a wine lover 55.8%
Yes, retailer 13.9%
Yes, wholesaler 8.0%
Yes, wine journalist 6.6%
Yes, other supply 4.4%
Yes, other 4.4%
Yes, wine marketing 2.9%
Yes, wine consultancy 2.2%
Yes, wine maker 1.4%

May 2005: 'terroir' - is it mainly just marketing spin?

No 87.0%
Yes 13.0%

April 2005: if I was given a £500 (800 Euro) voucher I would buy...

12 bottles x £40 fine wine 38.7%
24 bottles x £20 fine wine 30.6%
1 bottle Lafite 1961 11.5%
1 bottle DRC La Tache 2000 5.4%
1 magnum Krug 1975 4.0%
1 bottle Petrus 1986 4.0%
48 bottles x £10 wine 4.0%
100 bottles x £5 wine 0.6%
1 bottle Yquem 1961 0.6%

March 2005: what percentage of your net personal income goes on wine?

4 - 7% 31.8%
8 - 11% 23.8%
1 - 3% 18.1%
12 - 15% 9.0%
21 - 25% 5.6%
16 - 20% 4.5%
31 - 40% 3.4%
51% plus 2.2%
26 - 30% 1.1%
40 - 50% 0%

February 2005: do you actively support smaller producers by buying thier wines?

Yes, I seek out small producers 47.2%
somewhat - it is something I consider 35.9%
No, I just buy good wine 16.9%

February 2005: how do you store the majority of your fine wines?

dedicated room / cellar 28.5%
in professional storage 21.7%
in a chiller cabinet 17.0%
in a dedicated cupboard 13.6%
in a specially constructed room 8.8%
no dedicated space 8.1%
I don't store fine wine 2.0%

January 2005: how often do you personally encounter a corked wine?

one in 50 bottles 29.1%
more than one in 25 bottles 21.5%
one in 25 bottle 18.0%
one in 100 bottles 11.8%
one in 75 bottles 6.9%
one in 200 bottles 5.5%
one in 500 bottle 4.1%
never had one 2.7%
one in 1,000 bottles 0%

December 2004: at what age should children be encouraged to take a small glass of wine with dinner?

13 to 17 years 42.4%
8 to 12 years 37.9%
7 or under 17.2%
18 or over 2.5%

December 2004: have you ever hidden the cost, or lied to your partner about the price you have paid for a wine?

yes 56.4%
no 43.6%

November 2004: how do you keep records of your wine cellar?

excel/access/word 40.9%
I don't keep records 28.1%
a paper logbook 17.2%
an online system 9.0%
dedicted cellar software 3.6%
I don't have a cellar 1.0%

November 2004: what is your biggest single purchase of the same wine?

1 case 36.1%
2 cases 26.3%
more than 4 cases 13.4%
6 - 11 bottles 9.8%
3 cases 7.3%
2 - 5 bottles 3.0%
2 bottles 2.4%
1 bottle 1.2%

October 2004: which supermarket wine range is the most exciting?

Waitrose 72.8%
Booths 11.2%
Sainsbury's 5.6%
Tesco 4.6%
Safeway/Morrisons 2.8%
Asda 1.8%
Aldi 1.0%

October 2004: what is your gut feeling on wine fraud?

I suspect it happens occasionally 62.5%
very rarely indeed or never 18.7%
I suspect it happens often 18.7%

September 2004: What is your experience of returning faulty wine?

most retailers very good 63.2.2%
I never return wine 10.3%
small merchants best 9.1%
supermarkets best 8.0%
mail order / internet best 5.7%
most retailers very bad 2.2%
big wine chains best 1.1%

September 2004: where do you fit on the scale of wine obsession?

wine is a major interest 66.9%
I'm obsessed with wine 29.8%
wine is a minor interest 3.2%

August 2004: How much rose do you buy or drink?

less than 5% of total consumption 46.8%
none 25.2%
5 - 10% of total consumption 19.8%
10 - 20% of total consumption 4.5%
20 - 30% of total consumption 1.8%
30 - 50% of total consumption 0.9%
50 - 80% of total consumption 0.9%
more than 80 % of total consumption 0.0%

August 2004: do you deliberately choose to holiday in wine regions?

often 45.3%
sometimes 28.2%
rarely 26.5%

July 2004: Have you ever refused a faulty wine in a restaurant?

yes 86.9%
no 31.1%

July 2004: In a restaurant, would you prefer a wide range of half-bottles, or a wide range of wines by the glass?

half-bottles 58.6%
by the glass 41.4%

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