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Rock the Wine Vote.

Posted by guest, Nov 5, 2008.

Sitting here streaming CNN on my laptop and listening to polling results via the voice of the American people.  Politics aside, I'd like to know what Snooth wine drinkers are thinking about.  I know this is not the most efficient or effective way of polling your thoughts and opinions, but if you are reading this, take a few minutes to answer the questions in the comments section below.

1) Recent wine industry reports state the average price per bottle purchased is roughly $7.  On average, how are you spending your money?

<$10
<$20
<$50
>$50 a bottle

2) Do you think a $100 retail bottle of wine ridiculously over-priced?

Yes or No

3) Where do you buy most of your wine?

Internet
Retail - Wine or Liquor store
Supermarket or Costco
Winery direct

4) Do you subscribe to any winery mailing lists?

Yes or No

5) Do you subscribe to any, all or none of these wine review publications?

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Wine Spectator
Decanter Magazine
Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages

6) What influences your wine buying decisions?

Retail recommendations
Friend recommendations
Personal research based on your personal tastes
Wine ratings and scores

7) How do you approach wine?

Celebratory beverage
Social drink
Daily drink
Nectar of the gods

8) How often do you drink wine?

Daily
Weekly
Monthly

9) How often do you educate yourself about wine - reading books, visiting websites, going to wine tastings, etc.? (Loaded question, you are here reading this.)

Often - at least once a week
Sometimes - at least once a month
Rarely - every once in a while

10) What is your personal preference?

Old World style wines
New World style wines

11) What are your thoughts about restaurant wine lists?

Inadequate at times
Overwhelming at times
Overpriced

12) What are your feelings about sommeliers?

Intimidating
Helpful
Indifferent

13) Bonus fill-in question: What wine or wine region do you find most interesting or exciting right now?

Below is a shortcut to the opinion poll so you can cut and paste in the comments before answering the questions.

1)    How much are you spending on wine?
2)    Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced?
3)    Where do you buy your wine?
4)    Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists?
5)    Do you subscribe to wine review publications?
6)    What influences your buying decisions?
7)    How do you approach wine?
8)    How often do you drink wine?
9)    How do you educate yourself about wine?
10)     What is your wine drinking preference?
11)     What do you think about restaurant wine lists?
12)     What do you think about sommeliers?
13)     What wine or wine region excites you?

Dan Petroski is Assistant Winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. Dan has an MBA from New York University and worked as an Ad Exec in New York for several years, before switching it up and trading his suit for a move out west.

Replies

Blog comment by Dan, Nov 5, 2008.

1)How much are you spending on wine? On Average, too much. Around $50/bottle.

2)Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced? Yes and No. I have had the sublime under and above this price point, and I have spit out a few too many terrible wines at this price.

3)Where do you buy your wine? Any and everywhere.

4)Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists? Yes - Thackrey, DuMOL, Anthill Farms, Zeitgeist and a couple of others at the moment, but many of the wines I want to drink, I can buy locally, direct from the winery and/or winemaking friends.

5)Do you subscribe to wine review publications? Yes. All of them.

6)What influences your buying decisions? My own personal taste, and sometimes hype (out of curiosity).

7)How do you approach wine? Nectar of the Gods.

8)How often do you drink wine? Daily.

9)How do you educate yourself about wine? Daily.

10)What is your wine drinking preference? Old World.

11)What do you think about restaurant wine lists? Overpriced. I am all for a warm, welcoming BYOB place - bring a bottle and buy another from the list.

12)What do you think about sommeliers? Helpful, the majority of the time. (Wine pretension pisses me off.)

13)What wine or wine region excites you? Whites from North East Italy.

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Reply by TLR, Nov 5, 2008.

1) How much are you spending on wine?

$30 - 40

2) Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced?
Possibly depnds on the wine
3) Where do you buy your wine?
Costco or the internet mostly
4) Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists?
Yes
5) Do you subscribe to wine review publications?
Yes Wine Advocate and Wine enthusiast
6) What influences your buying decisions?
Friends, rating and preference
7) How do you approach wine?
Social Nectar
8) How often do you drink wine?
weekly
9) How do you educate yourself about wine?
Daily with Wine Library TV which is what got me into wine along with Classic Wines TV
10) What is your wine drinking preference?
Both old and New
11) What do you think about restaurant wine lists?
Both Inadequate and Over priced
12) What do you think about sommeliers?
Indifferent
13) What wine or wine region excites you?
Anderson Valley, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Russian River, Napa

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Reply by Philip James, Nov 5, 2008.

1) How much are you spending on wine? $20 (and still shuddering from Dan's habbit)
2) Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced? yes
3) Where do you buy your wine? Retail and online
4) Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists? No
5) Do you subscribe to wine review publications? No, but Snooth gets a few for free!
6) What influences your buying decisions? Rating, free shipping
7) How do you approach wine? From an oblique angle
8) How often do you drink wine? Daily (with a few beers occasionally for variety)
9) How do you educate yourself about wine? Often - Snooth, Google, back labels, books
10) What is your wine drinking preference? New World
11) What do you think about restaurant wine lists? Utterly useless - total absence of information which would allow me to make an informed decision
12) What do you think about sommeliers? Can be incredibly helpful, depends
13) What wine or wine region excites you? Too many to list, but I'd like to learn more about: Alsace, Long Island, Spain

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Reply by Adam Levin, Nov 5, 2008.

1. <20
2. Yes
3. retail
4. no
5. no
6. retail rec
7. nectar
8. daily
9. all day everyday
10. old but i tend to buy new
11. none of the above
12. rarely helpful
13. Argentina, so hot right now

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Reply by vigna uva vino, Nov 5, 2008.

1) How much are you spending on wine? Average per bottle $20
2) Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced? No, it's all relative, but to be honest the most I ever spent on a bottle was $80
3) Where do you buy your wine? Mostly at a favorite local wine shop where I browse for hours.
4) Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists?
no
5) Do you subscribe to wine review publications? No, I buy them at news stand.
6) What influences your buying decisions? usually on-line reviews but sometimes word of mouth
7) How do you approach wine? Nectar of the Gods
8) How often do you drink wine? almost daily
9) How do you educate yourself about wine? Constantly, On-line, publications, books
10) What is your wine drinking preference? Mostly Old World, but experimenting with New World
11) What do you think about restaurant wine lists? Most of the time not enough work goes into making them.
12) What do you think about sommeliers? Can be helpful
13) What wine or wine region excites you? Rioja

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Reply by Pymonte, Nov 6, 2008.

1. Between 10 and 20, generally.

2. Which $100 bottle?

3. Supermarket

4/5. No mailing lists or publications. If I want information, that's what the internet is for!

6. All of the above.

7. All of the above. Also forgot "Cure for what ails ya."

8. I drink wine two or three times a week.

9. I educate myself about wine whenever I read this board!

10. Old-World, if I had to choose. But that would make me terribly sad.

11. Restaurant wine lists are... all three? It depends!

12. I like sommeliers, but I work with them, so there's not much of a choice! I dislike snooty, arrogant ones, though.

13. Côtes du Rhône

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 6, 2008.

1. How much do I spend? I have collectable bottles and then I have bottles I drink regularly. I'd say my collection is about 50/50. My daily wine tend to fall into an average $25. While my collectibles wines, go much, much higher.

2. Over $100 bottle is not crazy, especially when buying aged wine. And I've had some great $100+ bottles of wine.

3. Retail, internet and winery

4.Yes (Ridge being my favorite.)

5. Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate, but I swear I only get them for the articles.

6. My wine buying is heavily effect by reading about wine for educational purposes. Such as reading Matt Kramers Californian Wine and then searching out things the boook makes sound interesting. Also Friends and some salespeople that I trust after years of service.

7 & 8 About 5 days a week we drink wine with dinner but only go through about three bottles a week.

9. Tasting, about one to two times a month and a large amount of reading.

10. I enjoy both old and new world wines. It all depends on the mood and the food.

11. Overpriced but there are some goo places to go. Most sad is how so many places poorly sotre and serve their wine.

12. sommeliers can be helpful at higher end places but often useless at the mid-range down.

13. What wine or wine region excites you? I enjoy Italy the most at this time. Big fan of single varietal wines from these regions but much of this is about me trying to learn about the wines. I'd say Peidmont is my favorite.

8.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 6, 2008.

OK MY TURN

1) How much are you spending on wine?
about $80/btl

2) Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced?
most of them are, many are not

3) Where do you buy your wine?
a dozen favored retailers, all on-line as well as the occasional in-store purchase and auctions

4) Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists?
only one, Carlise, actually only on the waitlist

5) Do you subscribe to wine review publications?
no

6) What influences your buying decisions?
my palate, track-record, friends opinions, snooth reviews!

7) How do you approach wine?
From the back and well armed, maybe with a big stick, i find it's safer that way

8) How often do you drink wine?
3-7 days per week, more when I'm not "tasting" or working as I call it

9) How do you educate yourself about wine?
taste,taste, travel, taste, read, taste, discuss, drink and discuss with others

10) What is your wine drinking preference?
drinking a whole bottle over the course of the evening

11) What do you think about restaurant wine lists?
most suck, are poorly thought-out and wildly over-priced, I byob almost exclusively, and happily pay corkage

12) What do you think about sommeliers?
not much, my last experience end abruptly when i asked why no Muscadet on the seafood restaurant's wine list to go with the raw bar and got the answer that sweet wines are not recommended with raw bar but they can offer me a white zin. I do know several very intelligent, helpful and active somms though.

13) What wine or wine region excites you?
Most of Italy still excites me, always something to learn, California, Oregon and Washington seem to be learning from their mistakes and have many exciting winemakers who are very accessible.
For emerginf regions give me Portugal Argentina, and South Africa.

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Reply by Philip James, Nov 6, 2008.

Greg - i love the response you got to the muscadet question

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Reply by Sung, Nov 6, 2008.

1) How much are you spending on wine? -

Blog comment by sandy texture, Nov 6, 2008.

1.

Blog comment by sandy texture, Nov 6, 2008.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Nov 6, 2008.

1) How much are you spending on wine?

Usually try to stick under $20, but occasionally will splurge.

2) Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced?

Ha. An overpriced $100 bottle of wine is definitively overpriced. Otherwise I'll probably steer clear just because that's a scary number.

3) Where do you buy your wine?

Online mostly, but I'll pop over to the store if I'm in dire need.

4) Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists?

A few!

5) Do you subscribe to wine review publications?

Nope!

6) What influences your buying decisions?

I use Snooth a lot ;). If I'm in the store I'll pick a region or a style I'm interested in that day. Otherwise maybe I'll go for a good pairing.

7) How do you approach wine?

Mostly with curiosity and feeling like I'm never making a bad decision. I was surprised to find that it's not nearly as snooty as everyone seems to think.

8) How often do you drink wine?

At least 3-4 times a week.

9) How do you educate yourself about wine?

Snooth, classes, blogs, and most recently Greg. The guy is an encyclopedia.

10) What is your wine drinking preference?

Anything that is not corked. I get so disappointed.

11) What do you think about restaurant wine lists?

They're usually overpriced but it's a necessary evil. Prefer a good BYO place.

12) What do you think about sommeliers?

Some of my best friends are sommeliers.

13) What wine or wine region excites you?

Sauvignon Blanc! Alto Adige! Crozes-Hermitage! Syrah!

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Reply by oceank8, Nov 6, 2008.

1. <$20
2. No, but much more than that and it would be yes
3. Retail most, then winery direct, then Costco
4. Yes
5. Wine Spectator
6. Personal Research
7. Daily Drink
8. Daily
9. Often
10. New World more, but both
11. Inadequate at times
12. Helpful
13. Santa Rita Hills

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Reply by Philip James, Nov 6, 2008.

A lot of people are claiming they only drink 2-3 times a week, is that because other libations fill the gap, or because they tee total the rest of the time? ahem...Mark?

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Reply by oceank8, Nov 7, 2008.

I too was wondering about that, started to think I was the only lush in the group with my daily drinking habit.

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Reply by Pymonte, Nov 7, 2008.

I dunno. I like wine on my days off, but I find that it really takes the "kitchen edge" off, and I work better without it. I like it to be a somewhat special thing, instead of part of the everyday routine.

Blog comment by Dan, Nov 8, 2008.

Thanks all for your responses to this post. Very insightful. In response to Philip's question, I drink wine daily at work, but in the evening only about 3 to 4 times a week. I never drink wine alone. For me wine is shared experience with friends, loved ones and food of course. On the off nights I drink cocktails. Not much of a beer person; I love my Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Sidecars and other mixology the other 3 to 4 nights a week.

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Reply by Pymonte, Nov 11, 2008.

Ha. With me it's just the wine and I, most of the time. The wife likes different stuff than I do.

Blog comment by Meghan, Nov 12, 2008.

1) How much are you spending on wine?

Anywhere from $12- $45

2) Is a $100 bottle of wine overpriced?

Depends on the situation. For everyday yes, but sometimes you need to splurge.

3) Where do you buy your wine?

At local wineries. Rarely anywhere else.

4) Do you subscribe to winery mailing lists?

Yes- probably about six.

5) Do you subscribe to wine review publications?

Only this one!

6) What influences your buying decisions?

I'm fortunate enough to live in wine country, so my decision making process only requires me to answer one question: Do I like it? Although, if I have a bad experience at a winery, regardless if I like the wine or not, I will not purchase wine there.

7) How do you approach wine?

I see it as a beverage that can really complement a meal. It is a beverage, so I sometimes have problems with people charging $2000 for a bottle of Burgundy.

8) How often do you drink wine?

About 3 times a week

9) How do you educate yourself about wine?

Went to school for it. Sonoma State University has a Wine Business program. Excellent for learning the many and varried areas of the wine industry. I continue to learn through going out and tasting, as well as asking questions at work.

10) What is your wine drinking preference?

I'm really in to the blends lately. I seem to be having much better luck with blends than with single varietal wines.

11) What do you think about restaurant wine lists?

WAY over priced! I would rather pay corkage.

12) What do you think about sommeliers?

I work with several of them, so no comment.

13) What wine or wine region excites you?

The Cote du Rhone. I love all that fruit-forward juicy-ness. They're usually really drinkable and super food-friendly. I do like the California and Australian wineries to do Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blends as well. One wine in particular that is a must try: Torbreck's 2007 Juvenile. Amazing.


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