Polls

Current Poll

The UK Government now recommends two alcohol-free days a week. How many days a week do you abstain from wine?

  • None - a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine (565 vote, 40%)
  • At least two - I savour the other days more that way (593 vote, 42%)
  • One at the very most. I don't need health lessons (265 vote, 19%)

Previous Polls

Scientists have sequenced the Brettanomyces gene and now may be able to eradicate it. Is this is a good thing?

  • Yes, brett is a fault and should be eliminated (291 vote, 40%)
  • No, brett adds interest, variation and rusticity (173 vote, 24%)
  • No, why interfere with what is natural? (147 vote, 20%)
  • What is brett again? (110 vote, 15%)

Bordeaux is reviving the name 'claret' for its lower-priced wines. Are you pleased?

  • No. Claret to me should mean a fine old bottle of cru classé, not a Bordeaux supérieur (493 vote, 44%)
  • Yes. Nice to hear a wonderful old name given a new lease of life (327 vote, 29%)
  • No. Claret is an old-fashioned term and should be consigned to history (294 vote, 26%)

Riedel has suggested that English sparkling wine needs its own special glass. How important is glass shape and size?

  • Very - different glasses for different wine types really bring out the nuances of the various styles (834 vote, 37%)
  • Not at all. It's a con trick - one decent glass is enough (259 vote, 12%)
  • Three glasses should cover it: for red; white and sparkling (1132 vote, 51%)

There’s a move toward more elegant Shiraz in Australia, but our panel tasting experts still gave top marks to some big, full-bodied wines. Is this the style of Shiraz we want from Down Under?

  • Yes. That’s what the best Aussie reds are all about (257 vote, 25%)
  • No. The cooler-climate regions in Victoria or high-altitude ones like the Adelaide Hills are making superbly elegant Shiraz (481 vote, 46%)
  • I’ll stick with the Rhône. I’ve never had an elegant Aussie Shiraz (308 vote, 29%)

A Chinese Cabernet blend has just won an International Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards. If it were available in the UK, would you buy it?

  • Of course. I'm open-minded, and if it beat wines from Bordeaux, Argentina and Australia in a blind tasting, it must be good (207 vote, 43%)
  • It depends on the price. I'm curious, but a little wary (162 vote, 33%)
  • No thanks. It sounds too much like a freak one-off. I think I'll stick to tea when it comes to drinks from China (115 vote, 24%)

Two names have been put forward as a generic term for English sparkling wine: Britagne and Merret. Which do you prefer?

  • I don’t like either. What’s wrong with ‘English Sparkling Wine’? (963 vote, 63%)
  • Britagne. Its Anglo-Gallic ring encapsulates the entente cordiale (347 vote, 23%)
  • Merret. It has a degree of distinction. (220 vote, 14%)

Sangiovese has been planted in the south of France. Should growers stick only to indigenous varieties?

  • Of course not. There's no such thing as a true native grape (374 vote, 38%)
  • Yes. Sangiovese anywhere but Tuscany is an abomination (139 vote, 14%)
  • To a degree. A small percentage of international grapes as seasoning is fine, as long as it doesn't affect the terroir character (474 vote, 48%)

The Mosel Bridge has been given the green light. So is direct action now the only way of stopping it?

  • Yes, I will be lying in front of the bulldozers (131 vote, 29%)
  • No, we must respect the decision of a democratically elected government (90 vote, 20%)
  • No, but I will continue to prortest by lawful means (230 vote, 51%)

Of Decanter's Power List top 50, who would you place at number 1?

  • Pierre Pringuet (25 vote, 1%)
  • Eric de Rothschild (52 vote, 2%)
  • Robert Parker (384 vote, 15%)
  • Mel Dick (34 vote, 1%)
  • Robert Sands (17 vote, 1%)
  • Annette Alvarez-Peters (16 vote, 1%)
  • Don St Pierre Jr (27 vote, 1%)
  • Wu Fei (14 vote, 1%)
  • Eduardo Guilisasti (18 vote, 1%)
  • Jancis Robinson MW OBE (197 vote, 7%)
  • Bernard Arnault (18 vote, 1%)
  • Nobutada Saji (0 vote, 0%)
  • Steven Spurrier (26 vote, 1%)
  • Dan Jago (16 vote, 1%)
  • Gina Gallo (19 vote, 1%)
  • The amateur wine blogger (173 vote, 7%)
  • Robert Shum (2 vote, 0%)
  • Michel Rolland (44 vote, 2%)
  • Pierre Castel (9 vote, 0%)
  • Tony Laithwaite (26 vote, 1%)
  • Marvin Shanken (20 vote, 1%)
  • Miguel Torres (43 vote, 2%)
  • Sylvie Cazes (15 vote, 1%)
  • Gary Vaynerchuk (156 vote, 6%)
  • Jean-Charles Boisset (15 vote, 1%)
  • Jeannie Cho Lee MW (32 vote, 1%)
  • Simon Berry (36 vote, 1%)
  • Hugh Johnson OBE (57 vote, 2%)
  • Peter Gago (11 vote, 0%)
  • Aubert de Villaine (43 vote, 2%)
  • John Kapon (32 vote, 1%)
  • Ch’ng Poh Tiong (12 vote, 0%)
  • Stéphane Derenoncourt (24 vote, 1%)
  • Piero Anotinori (27 vote, 1%)
  • Ghislain de Montgolfier (8 vote, 0%)
  • Denis Dubourdieu (21 vote, 1%)
  • Eric Levine (118 vote, 4%)
  • Gary Boom (33 vote, 1%)
  • Allen Meadows (26 vote, 1%)
  • Mathieu Chadronnier (51 vote, 2%)
  • Michael Hill Smith MW (9 vote, 0%)
  • Serena Sutcliffe MW (8 vote, 0%)
  • Pierre-Marie Guillaume (6 vote, 0%)
  • Nicolas Joly (30 vote, 1%)
  • Frédéric Rouzaud (8 vote, 0%)
  • Nicolás Catena (30 vote, 1%)
  • Yasuhisa Hirose (4 vote, 0%)
  • Pedro Parra (79 vote, 3%)
  • Lorenzo Bencistà-Falorni (568 vote, 22%)

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