(Introducing: Wine Surveys)
Depending who you ask, the incidence of TCA tainted wines is somewhere in the 3% to 10% range.
Remy Charest started a discussion at OWC to explore this very topic. Several members brought some opinionated perspectives to the table and at one point, wine maker Nathan R. Carlson proposed that we conduct an on-going poll or survey to get a real-world sense of the incidence of TCA taint.
Serendipitously, I had created Wine Surveys just a few days earlier, intending it index wine-related surveys.
A simple blog will introduce new surveys, chronicle the progress of others and announce the closing of surveys and polls which have run their course. A Survey Index will list and link to all surveys submitted to the site.
But getting back to the TCA issue….
The TCA survey collects information on wines tainted with TCA. Everyone is encouraged to return frequently and add data. You can do this with whatever frequency you wish, but when you enter data, please count all bottles you have opened since the last time you submitted your data. Obviously, the first time you submit information, your numbers should reflect the wines you have opened since deciding to participate.
Participants do not see the current results. I will periodically give updates of poll results on this blog or on Wine surveys.
Each time you will be asked to enter the following:
- Some identifying information – which will not be shared.
- The number of bottles of wine you opened since last visiting the survey.
- The number of those bottles closed with a whole/complete natural cork.
- The number of those bottles sealed with a natural cork which were definitely corked.
- The number of those bottles sealed with a natural cork which may have been corked, but you are not certain.
We’ll keep this survey going for as long as possible. Please visit the survey here.
If you have a survey you’d like to promote, take a look at Wine Surveys.
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