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Reader's Choice: Results


Posted: January 22, 2001

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Wine Spectator 1998 Readers' Choice Awards

Complete Results

Here are the top finishers in each category as voted by Wine Spectator readers and Web site visitors. Percentages reflect the number of votes cast for each nominee; percentages do not add up to 100 because of write-in votes.

THE BEST REGION IN THE WORLD FOR VALUE WINES

California 40.9%
Australia 19.2%
Chile 16.4%
France 9.7%
Italy 6.0%
Spain [write-in] 1.7%
Argentina 1.5%

THE BEST BORDEAUX CHATEAU FOR RED WINE

Margaux 23.3%
Lafite Rothschild 13.8%
Mouton-Rothschild 13.3%
Latour 13.0%
Pétrus 12.0%
Haut-Brion 6.0%
Lynch-Bages 4.0%
Pichon-Longueville-Lalande 4.0%
Cos-d'Estournel 2.7%
Cheval-Blanc 2.4%
Léoville Las Cases 2.1%
Le Pin 1.1%

THE BEST PRODUCER IN BURGUNDY

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 28.3%
Louis Latour 16.9%
Louis Jadot 15.7%
Domaine Leroy 12.8%
Joseph Drouhin 10.9%
Domaine Leflaive 4.3%
Dominique Laurent 3.0%
Domaine des Comtes Lafon 2.2%
Comte Georges de Vogüé 2.2%
J.-F. Coche-Dury 0.8%

THE BEST PRODUCER IN ITALY'S PIEDMONT REGION

Gaja 44.3%
Pio Cesare 10.5%
Bruno Giacosa 10.1%
Michele Chiarlo 7.3%
Fratelli Ceretto 6.8%
Domenico Clerico 5.2%
Aldo Conterno 4.9%
Paolo Scavino 3.9%
Luciano Sandrone 3.5%
Elio Altare 1.5%

THE BEST PRODUCER IN ITALY'S TUSCANY REGION

Antinori 28.8%
Castello Banfi 13.5%
Ruffino 10.1%*
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi 8.5%
Biondi-Santi 8.3%
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 8.0%
Fattoria di Felsina 3.8%
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 3.6%
Fontodi 3.3%
Castello dei Rampolla 3.3%
Castello di Ama 3.0%
Isole e Olena 2.6%

*Ruffino appeared on Web ballots but not mail ballots.

THE BEST PRODUCER OF VINTAGE PORT

Fonseca 29.3%
Taylor Fladgate 21.4%
Graham 12.0%
Dow 7.9%
Warre 6.8%
Cockburn 6.2%
Sandeman 6.2%
Quinta do Noval 5.7%
Croft 2.6%
Niepoort 2.0%

THE PERSON, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO HAS DONE THE MOST TO ENHANCE WINE'S IMAGE

(Note: Last year's winner, Robert Mondavi, was retired from this year's voting.)

Baron Philippe de Rothschild* 27.1%
Ernest Gallo 11.5%
André Tchelistcheff* 11.5%
Julia Child 7.9%
Alexis Lichine* 7.2%
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild 6.8%
Angelo Gaja 4.8%
Jess Jackson 3.8%
Frank Schoonmaker* 2.6%
Jean-Michel Cazes 2.3%
Lalou Bize-Leroy 2.2%

*Deceased

THE WINERY THAT MAKES THE BEST CHARDONNAY IN CALIFORNIA

Beringer 17.8%
Kistler 13.4%
Ferrari-Carano 7.5%
Robert Mondavi 7.2%
Chalk Hill 7.0%
Kendall-Jackson 5.2%*
Chateau St. Jean 5.0%
Far Niente 3.8%*
Peter Michael 3.5%
Talbott 2.8%
Saintsbury 2.5%
Steele 2.0%
Sanford 1.6%
Rochioli 1.5%
Byron 1.3%
Hanzell 0.9%

*Kendall-Jackson and Far Niente appeared on Web ballots but not mail ballots.

THE WINERY THAT MAKES THE BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON OR CABERNET BLEND IN CALIFORNIA

Caymus 21.4%
Opus One 10.5%
Silver Oak 9.7%
Beringer 7.3%
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 7.1%
Robert Mondavi 6.0%
Heitz 4.5%
Beaulieu Vineyard 4.4%
Joseph Phelps 3.8%
Dominus Estate 3.7%
Chateau Montelena 3.5%
Diamond Creek 2.6%
The Hess Collection 2.5%
Ridge 2.3%
Sterling 1.2%

THE BEST CITY FOR RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA

New York 34.1%
San Francisco 33.9%
Chicago 8.6%
New Orleans 8.1%
Los Angeles 3.0%
Seattle 2.4%
Boston 2.2%
Washington, D.C. 2.1%
Miami 0.5%

THE FAVORITE TYPE OF CUISINE

Italian 33.6%
French 25.3%
American 14.3%
Mediterranean 10.9%
Pacific Rim 7.6%
Chinese 1.9%
Mexican 1.8%

THE RESTAURANT THAT DELIVERS THE BEST WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD

Charlie Trotter's (Chicago) 10.3%
Fleur de Lys (San Francisco) 5.4%
Bern's Steak House (Tampa, Fla.) 5.3%
Rubicon (San Francisco) 5.3%
The Mansion on Turtle Creek
Restaurant (Dallas) 5.0%
The Four Seasons (New York) 4.4%
Le Cirque 2000 (New York) 4.0%
Pacific's Edge (Carmel, Calif.) 4.0%
Enoteca Pinchiorri (Florence, Italy) 3.8%
La Tour d'Argent (Paris) 3.4%
Daniel (New York) 3.1%
Taillevent (Paris) 3.0%
Montrachet (New York) 2.9%
Restaurant Alain Ducasse (Paris) 2.9%
Valentino (Los Angeles) 2.8%
Troisgros (Roanne, France) 1.8%
Georges Blanc (Vonnas, France) 1.5%
Guido Ristorante (Costigliole d'Asti,
Italy)
1.3%
The French Laundry (Yountville, Calif.) [write-in] 1.2%

THE FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION IN THE WORLD

The Caribbean 16.5%
Paris 14.0%
Hawaii 11.2%
San Francisco 10.4%
Florence, Italy 9.6%
London 5.0%
Venice, Italy 4.0%
Sydney, Australia 3.3%
Rome 2.4%
New York 2.3%
Miami 0.5%
Los Angeles 0.3%

THE FAVORITE WINE REGION FOR VACATIONING IN THE WORLD

Napa Valley 37.1%
Tuscany 15.1%
Sonoma County 14.4%
Bordeaux 9.7%
Burgundy 8.5%
Provence 5.6%
Alsace 2.8%

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