I made a one-off comment earlier this week that stirred up some readers, about whether or not people believe Wine Spectator bases its ratings solely on blind tasting.
So let's find out with a poll. What do people believe? Do you think Wine Spectator bases its ratings solely on blind tasting, or do you believe adjustments are made to the results?
On the Yes side, Wine Spectator conducts blind tastings, lots of them. Plus, the magazine's published statements consistently state that the ratings are based solely on blind tastings.
On the No side, James Suckling, who worked for Wine Spectator at the time, told the director of "Mondovino" with the camera rolling that he ensured 90-point ratings for his landlord in Italy. Suckling doesn't work there anymore. And maybe he was kidding.
This is not a referendum on the quality or usability of Wine Spectator's ratings. People disagree with critics' tastes; that's not what we're asking here.
The vote is completely anonymous, and is supposed to stay open through 2 p.m. on September 5.
I'll announce the results as soon as I'm able (I'll be in France next week with limited Internet access). Thanks for voting!