Current Poll

A one-week promotion of cut-price classed growth claret arrives at your local supermarket. Do you:

  • Steer clear - supermarkets are for bread and milk, not classed growth claret. Wine-lovers should support local wine merchants. (292 vote, 28%)
  • Proceeed with caution - Own-wooden-cases and proof of temperature-controlled storage are your minimum requirements (189 vote, 18%)
  • Sample a case first - and then go back for more if it's the real deal (342 vote, 33%)
  • Fill your boots - Your wine merchant never offers you these prices... (214 vote, 21%)

Previous Polls

Bordeaux schoolchildren as young as six are being taught about viticulture and winemaking. Is this a good idea?

  • Of course. Problems with alcohol stem from ignorance (561 vote, 76%)
  • Possibly, though can a six-year-old really appreciate the nuances of grape maturity? (134 vote, 18%)
  • No. Wine is a subject best understood by adults (44 vote, 6%)

The St-Emilion classification has finally been announced after six years of legal battles. Are you...

  • Delighted: at last I can buy St-Emilion with confidence (91 vote, 15%)
  • Outraged: Pavie above Figeac? Nonsense. It'll just encourage producers to inflate prices further (88 vote, 15%)
  • Bored: the obscure wranglings of French bureaucrats mean nothing to me. What has premier grand cru classe meant up to now? (414 vote, 70%)

Australia's Taylors winery has released a sparkling wine under screwcap. Would you buy it?

  • Of course. The closure is irrelevant - it's what's in the bottle that counts (593 vote, 67%)
  • Yes. Being able to reseal fizz after it's opened is a bonus (110 vote, 12%)
  • Maybe. But is it really possible to maintain quality using cork? (51 vote, 6%)
  • Never. Sparkling wine without the pop? That's like Laurel without Hardy (128 vote, 15%)

California has finally banned foie gras. Are you…

  • Depressed. West Coast dining will never be the same (458 vote, 24%)
  • Annoyed. This is a political ban – there are far worse farming practices out there (794 vote, 41%)
  • Indifferent. I can take it or leave it (226 vote, 12%)
  • Delighted. Force-feeding any animal to produce a luxury product is wrong (436 vote, 23%)

A 170-year-old Champagne with a 'stench of horse manure' has just fetched over €100,000. So - does a wine's nose have to be attractive for it to be good?

  • Of course. Why would you spend so much money to be exposed to something so unpleasant? (1 votes, 100%)
  • No. It's about the experience of drinking something so old (0 vote, 0%)
  • No. Many of the great wines have difficult aromas irrespective of age - it's called character. Just look at the finest Burgundies (0 vote, 0%)

Camel Valley fizz was served to the Queen and Prime Minister recently. As the UK gears up for a Great British summer, is English sparkling wine a serious alternative to Champagne?

  • Yes - the best wines are just as good as Champagne (681 vote, 51%)
  • Not yet - the potential's there, but producers are still learning (333 vote, 25%)
  • No - I'll drink it on the Diamond Jubilee to be patriotic, but I'm sure Her Majesty would prefer a glass of Krug (321 vote, 24%)

As London plays host to two natural wine fairs in May, some devotees of natural wines are calling for more information about additives & processes to appear on labels. Do you agree?

  • Yes, I'm worried that there may be all sorts of chemicals in there (504 vote, 51%)
  • No, it's just a bunch of hippies spouting health and safety rubbish (303 vote, 31%)
  • I'd like to know what 'contains sulphites' means (95 vote, 10%)
  • I'm confused - I thought wine already was a natural product? (78 vote, 8%)

Decanter has been accused of 'unashamed elitism' (Star Letter, May 2012 issue). So would you like to see more sub-£10 recommendations?

  • Yes. In this day and age, value is increasingly important (231 vote, 30%)
  • No, quality is more important to me than price (221 vote, 28%)
  • Sub-£10 is a stretch, but more sub-£15 recommendations should definitely be achievable for good, everyday wines (326 vote, 42%)

Wine serving systems have brought previously unaffordable wines within reach of the ordinary wine lover. At up to £100 a sip, which of these would be top of your wish list?

  • Chateau Latour 1961 (486 vote, 27%)
  • Penfold's Grange 1955 (103 vote, 6%)
  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg 1959 (594 vote, 33%)
  • None of the above - no wine is worth £100 a sip (599 vote, 34%)

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