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Championship Round: “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Season 4 is a Wrap! Who will come out Victorious?

We have sadly come to the end of So, You Think You Know Wine? – Season 4.  This departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past seasons was very exciting and full of energy. This time the competition had a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually.

Season 4 was certainly a big learning experience for us, as we had originally thought that working in teams would make it easier for the competitors to identify the wines. We soon discovered that teamwork is not always an advantage. We watched despairingly as the critics sometimes strayed from their first, and usually correct, instincts and wandered down a completely different path. But, we also saw teams almost perfectly guess certain wines, like in this, the final, episode.

Click here to watch The Final Round, as Raiders of the Lost AOC battle it out against Whole Bunch Press, or read on for highlights from the last round.

RaidersAOC

WholeBunch

Highlights and Score from Round #8

In the second semi-final round, the last-placed (or as Rhys reminds us, “4th place”) Whole Bunch Press faced The Inglorious Bitters, who were in first place. Whole Bunch Press were on the right track when they guessed California as the place the wine came from.  They said it had “the plush texture of California.”  Unfortunately, they guessed that the grape was Merlot, not Petite Sirah, and they thought it was from Sonoma, not Napa.

The Inglorious Bitters also had a tough time identifying Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah.  Because of the high alcohol level, and very ripe, almost dried grape notes in the wine, they concluded that it was an Amarone from Veneto, Italy.

In the end, Whole Bunch Press won the round and went on to the Championship round against the Raiders of the Lost AOC.

The scoring remains the same as past episodes, with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. After 8 rounds the totals are in and the Semi Final match-ups have been set:

So, You Think You Know Wine? Scorecard

 

Season 4 For those of you new to our video series, “So, You Think You Know Wine?”, we have saved all previous episodes under the Video tab.

We hope that you found this new format entertaining and that you had as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4.3:  Travaglini Gattinara

Episode 4.4: Finca Decero Malbec

Episode 4.5 Paul Zinck Eichberg Riesling

Episode 4:6  Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Viognier

Episode 4:7 Semi-final #1 The Chocolate Block

Episode 4:8 Semi-final#2 Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah

 


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Round 8 – Semi Final #2: “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Will they Crack Under Pressure in the Second Semi-Final?

Watch the competition progress as the first place Inglorious Bitters take on the fourth place Whole Bunch Press in the second of two semi-final rounds.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch to see which team will move forward to the final round to battle it out against The Raiders of the Lost AOC.

Click here to watch Round #8 – Semi Final #2, or read on for highlights from the last round.

The Inglorious Bitters

Whole Bunch Press

Highlights and Score from Round #7

Last time on SYTYKW, The Good, The Bad, and The Blind faced the Raiders of the Lost AOC in the first semi-final round.  The Good, The Bad, and The Blind immediately jumped on South Africa as the country the wine came from.  At one point, they almost wavered but decided to stick with their first impressions.  “Go with the guts…and the liver…,” they said.  Their final answer was a 2008 Syrah from South Africa because of the “classic, wonderful, iodiny, smoky, meaty notes” to The Chocolate Block 2010.

Raiders of the Lost AOC also quickly concluded that the wine was South African.  They guessed that the wine was a Shiraz, Cab, Pinotage blend with Shiraz as the dominant grape “because of the peppery notes, and the coffee, and the chocolate.”  While both teams were very close in their guesses, the Raiders of the Lost AOC pulled ahead by one point because they were closer on the vintage.

The scoring remains the same as past episodes, with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. After 6 rounds the totals are in and the Semi Final match-ups have been set:

So, You Think You Know Wine? - Scorecard

Season 4

For those of you new to our video series, “So, You Think You Know Wine?”, we have saved all previous episodes under the Video tab. Season 4 is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past seasons. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually. As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4.3:  Travaglini Gattinara

Episode 4.4: Finca Decero Malbec

Episode 4.5 Paul Zinck Eichberg Riesling

Episode 4:6  Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Viognier

Episode 4:7 Semi-final #1 The Chocolate Block

 


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Round 7 – Semi Final #1: “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

The Pressure is on in the First Semi Final

Watch the competition progress as The Good, The Bad, and The Blind take on the Raiders of the Lost AOC in the first of two semi-final rounds. The winner will go on to compete in the final round. Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch to see which team will come out on top.

Click here to watch Round #7 – Semi Final #1, or read on for highlights from the last round.

The Good, The Bad and The Blind

Raiders of the Lost AOC

Highlights and Score from Round #6

Last time on SYTYKW, Inglorious Bitters and Raiders of the Lost AOC battled it out in the last chance before the semi-finals. Raiders of the Lost AOC were sure they knew what the wine was even before they tasted it! “Sometimes you can tell by looking at a wine what is, and this is one of those times,” said Steve. Sara added, “I can’t imagine it could be anything else.”

Inglorious Bitters were much quieter, but no less confident with their answer. In the end it was a tie as both teams guessed it was a 2010 Shiraz from South Australia. Both teams also thought that the wine cost more than its actual price, with John saying that Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Viognier is “classy” and “elegant”.

The scoring remains the same as past episodes, with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. After 6 rounds the totals are in and the Semi Final match-ups have been set:

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Season 4

For those of you new to our video series, “So, You Think You Know Wine?”, we have saved all previous episodes under the Video tab. Season 4 is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past seasons. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually. As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4.3:  Travaglini Gattinara

Episode 4.4: Finca Decero Malbec

Episode 4.5 Paul Zinck Eichberg Riesling

Episode 4:6  Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz Viognier


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Season 4, Round 6: “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Will First Impressions Win the Day?

Watch the competition progress as the very confident Raiders of the Lost AOC take on the much more humble Inglorious Bitters. Will first impressions finally win the day? This is the last chance for these teams to improve their scores before we move into Round 7 semi-finals.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch to see which team will come out on top.

Click here to watch Round #6, or read on for highlights from the last round.

Raiders of the Lost AOC

Inglorious Bitters

Highlights and Score from Round #5

Last time on SYTYKW, Whole Bunch Press and The Good, The Bad, and the Blind were practically mirror images of each other in their discussions of the wine. The same grape varieties and regions were tossed around by both groups – riesling, chenin blanc, pinot gris, Alsace, Loire Valley, South Africa.

In the end, Whole Bunch Press decided, incorrectly, that the wine was a chenin blanc from Vouvray in the Loire Valley, France. The Good, The Bad, and The Blind also considered chenin blanc, but “because of reasons of the colour, the late harvest aspect, the residual sugar, the opulence and unctuousness of this wine,” correctly concluded that Paul Zinck Eichberg Riesling 2009 was indeed a riesling from Alsace, France. David Lawrason defended the opposing team’s guess by saying, “Acidity is the key to the variety. It could either be riesling or chenin blanc with that acid level.”  And, higher sugar levels can make the grape difficult to pinpoint, as Anthony Gismondi stated, “Sugar offsets the acidity.  You can get muddled very easily.”

The scoring remains the same as past episodes, with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. Here’s how the teams stand after 5 rounds:

So, You Think You Know Wine Scorcard

Season 4

For those of you new to our video series, “So, You Think You Know Wine?”, we have saved all previous episodes under the Video tab. Season 4 is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past seasons. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually. As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4.3:  Travaglini Gattinara

Episode 4.4: Finca Decero Malbec

Episode 4.5 Paul Zinck Eichberg Riesling


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Season 4, Round 5: “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Chenin or Riesling…Riesling or Chenin…?

Season 4 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?” is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past episodes. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually. As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.

Click here to watch Round #5, or read on for highlights from the last round and a look at today’s teams.

Highlights and Score from Round #4

Last time on SYTYKW, Raiders of the Lost AOC initially started on the right track with South American malbec but slowly talked themselves into a grenache dominant blend from Southern Rhone. The Good, The Bad, and The Blind also went with a grenache dominant blend from Southern Rhone, but dug a little deeper and came up with Vacqueyras as a more specific appellation. In the end, neither team guessed correctly in this, the lowest scoring episode so far; however, both teams agreed that Finca Decero Malbec 2010 is a very good wine. David Lawrason stated that the elegant style of the wine led them to France, and the Raiders of the Lost AOC declared after the reveal, “Trust your first instinct!

The teams debate the characteristics of each wine to come to a consensus as to what they think the wine is and their conclusions are submitted to Amil in writing. Each team then announces their decision and the wine is revealed. The scoring on each wine remains similar to past episodes, with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. Here’s how the teams stand after 4 rounds:

So, You Think You Know Wine? Scorecard 4.4

Round #5

The teams are now starting to really gel and become more comfortable with each other, but does this help or hinder in this competition? Do they have too much respect for each other to challenge a teammate’s opinion? Watch the competition progress as The Good, The Bad, and The Blind (aka Mom, Dad, and Little Brad) take on Whole Bunch Press in this nail-biting episode.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and Watch Round #5 here.

The Good, The Bad and The Blind

David Lawrason, DJ Kearney, and Brad Royale of The Good, The Bad and The Blind, with referee Amil

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Anthony Gismondi, Janet Dorozynski, and Rhys Pender of Whole Bunch Press

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4.3:  Travaglini Gattinara

Episode 4.4: Finca Decero Malbec


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Season 4, Round 4: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Mysterious Malbec

Season 4 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?” is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past episodes. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually.  As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.

Click here to watch Round #4, or read on for highlights from the last round and a look at today’s teams.

Highlights and Score from Round #3

Last time on SYTYKW, both teams immediately pounced on Italy as the country this wine was made in, but had a bit more trouble identifiying the grape variety.  Bill, Treve and Zoltan of Inglorious Bitters, bounced around on the grape for a while but soon correctly landed on Nebbiolo, while Anthony, Janet, and Rhys of Whole Bunch Pressed  concluded the wine was a Valpolicella made predominantly with the Corvina grape variety.  As Anthony later said, “We should have paid more attention to the vintage, because it’s older, so it sort of led us in a different direction. In the end, Inglorious Bitters rocked the house by just about nailing the Travaglini Gattinara 2007.

The teams debate the characteristics of each wine to come to a consensus as to what they think the wine is and their conclusions are submitted to Amil in writing. Each team then announces their decision and the wine is revealed. The scoring on each wine remains similar to past episodes, with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. Here’s how the teams stand after 3 rounds:

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Round #4

The teams are now starting to really gel and become more comfortable with each other, but does this help or hinder in this competition?  Do they have too much respect for each other?  Watch the competition progress as Raiders of the Lost AOC face off against The Good, The Bad, and the Blind in this Mysterious Malbec episode.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and Watch Round #4 here.

Raiders of the Lost AOC

John Szabo, MS, Sara d’Amato, and Steve Thurlow of Raiders of the Lost AOC

The Good The Bad and the Blind

David Lawrason, DJ Kearney, and Brad Royale of The Good, the Bad, and the Blind, with referee Amil

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4.3:  Travaglini Gattinara


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Season 4, Round 3: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

The Pros and Cons of Team Play

WineAlign is pleased to launch a new season of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”. Season 4 is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past episodes. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually.  As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.

Click here to watch Round #3, or read on for highlights from the last round and a look at today’s teams.

Highlights and Score from Round #2

Last time on SYTYKW, Bill, Treve and Zoltan of Inglorious Bitters, correctly identified the wine as Cabernet Sauvignon, while David, DJ and Brad of The Good, The Bad, The Blind tussled, struggled, and were a bit divided with this wine. In the end, the somewhat glorious Inglorious Bitters scored the most points with the Louis M Martini Cabernet Sauvignon and came out ahead.

The teams debate the characteristics of each wine to come to a consensus as to what they think the wine is and their conclusions are submitted to Amil in writing. Each team then announces their decision and the wine is revealed. The scoring on each wine remains similar to past episodes with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season. Here’s how the teams stand after 2 rounds:

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Round #3

You’ll soon find out that team work has many advantages, and also a few disadvantages. Do the teams stick with their first impressions, or do they talk themselves into something else?  Watch the competition progress as Inglorious Bitters are back to face off against Whole Bunch Press.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and Watch Round #3 here.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Inglorious Bitters: Bill Zacharkiw, Treve Ring, Zoltan Szabo

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Whole Bunch Press: Anthony Gismondi, Janet Dorozynski and Rhys Pender

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Espisode 4.1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay

Episode 4.2: Louis M Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


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Season 4, Round 2: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

The Value of First Impressions

WineAlign is pleased to launch a new season of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”. Season 4 is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past episodes. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually.  As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.  Click here to watch Round #2, or read on for highlights from last round.

Episode 4.2 "So, You Think You Know Wine?"

Highlights and Score from Round #1

Last time on SYTYKW, Anthony, Janet, and Rhys of Whole Bunch Press, were confident with their first impressions and did not waver the entire round, while John, Sara, and Steve of Raiders of the Lost AOC, started down the same Chardonnay path, but unfortunately strayed from their first instincts.  In the end, Whole Bunch Press just about nailed the California Square Chardonnay 2012 to score the most points and come out victorious.

The teams debate the characteristics of each wine to come to a consensus as to what they think the wine is and their conclusions are submitted to Amil in writing.  Each team then announces their decision and the wine is revealed. The scoring on each wine remains similar to past episodes with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season.

Scorecard "So, You Think You Know Wine?"

Round #2

You’ll soon find out that team work has many advantages, and also a few disadvantages.  As the season progresses the teams start to gel and we iron out a few kinks.  Round #2 sees Inglorious Bitters face off against The Good, The Bad, and The Blind.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and Watch Round #2 here.

Inglorious Bitters; So, You Think You Know Wine?

Inglorious Bitters: Bill Zacharkiw, Treve Ring, Zoltan Szabo

The Good, The Bad, and the Blind; So, You Think You Know Wine?

The Good, The Bad, and the Blind: David Lawrason, DJ Kearney, Brad Royale, with referee Amil Niazi

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.

Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Round #1: California Square Russian River Chardonnay


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Season 4: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Blind Tasting meets Family Feud

WineAlign is pleased to launch a new season of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”. Season 4 is a departure from the previous critic-against-critic challenge of past episodes. This time the competition has a game show/family feud feel with tasters battling against each other in teams, rather than individually.  As always, the competitors have the daunting challenge of identifying the wine with only their nose, eyes, and palate – no other clues are given.  You’ll soon find out that team work has many advantages, and also a few disadvantages.  As the season progresses the teams start to gel and we iron out a few kinks.   Click here to watch Round #1 or read on to learn more about the teams.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

The Teams

With tons of group interaction and discussion, and yes, even some trash talk, this season of SYTYKW is sure to surprise and entertain. We’ve brought back many of your favourite competitors and have added a few new faces to the mix. All of our teams include seasoned wine professionals from around the country.

Representing Whole Bunch Press are Anthony Gismondi, Janet Dorozynski and Rhys Pender, MW. The members of this team are not new to us as they are all WineAlign critics, but this season marks their first appearance on SYTYKW.

Whole Bunch Press; So, You Think You Know Wine?

Whole Bunch Press: Anthony Gismondi, Janet Dorozynski
and Rhys Pender, MW

You are sure to recognize the familiar faces of the Raiders of the Lost AOC team. All long-time WineAlign critics, this team combines three seasons of SYTYKW experience. Please welcome back Sara d’Amato, Steve Thurlow, and Season 2 Champion John Szabo, MS.

Raiders of the Lost AOC; So, You Think You Know Wine?

Raiders of the Lost AOC: John Szabo, MS, Sara d’Amato
and Steve Thurlow

Inglorious Bitters includes our Season 3 champion, Toronto sommelier Zoltan Szabo, and aligns him with two new WineAlign critics: Treve Ring from Victoria and Bill Zacharkiw from Montreal.

Inglorious Bitters; So, You Think You Know Wine?

Inglorious Bitters: Bill Zacharkiw, Treve Ring, Zoltan Szabo

The Good, The Bad, and The Blind sees SYTYKW veteran David Lawrason return to the table alongside video newcomers DJ Kearney, a WineAlign critic from Vancouver, and Brad Royale, a wine consultant from Calgary.

The Good, The Bad, and the Blind; So, You Think You Know Wine?

The Good, The Bad, and the Blind: David Lawrason, DJ Kearney, Brad Royale, with referee Amil Niazi

Our host, Amil Niazi, is back to keep score and act as referee…

The Scoring

The teams debate the characteristics of each wine to come to a consensus as to what they think the wine is and their conclusions are submitted to Amil in writing.  Each team then announces their decision and the wine is revealed.  The scoring on each wine remains similar to past episodes with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation and Vintage, and a little less emphasis on Price this season.

Round 1

Let the games begin! Pour yourself a glass of wine and Watch Round #1 here.

We hope that you find this new format entertaining and that you have as much fun watching as we did filming. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

So, You Think You Know Wine?

Special thanks to our glassware sponsor, Schott Zwiesel, for their beautiful glasses and carafes used during filming.


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Championship Round; “So, You Think You Know Wine”

Welcome to the Championship round of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

After nine exciting regular episodes and one wildcard round, Season 3 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?” has come to a nail-biting close. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them.

Introducing the Finalists

Each of our talented contestants played amazingly well throughout the season and many rounds ended with very close scores, but in the end, we are left with only 4 finalists to sip and spit their way to the final decision.

The finalists are: John Szabo, Master Sommelier and winner of Division A; Bruce Wallner, Master Sommelier and winner of Division B; Zoltan Szabo, Sommelier at Trump Tower and winner of Division C; and Will Predhomme, Sommelier at Canoe and winner of the wildcard round.

Pour yourself a glass and click here to watch the final.

"So, You Think You Know Wine?" 3.11 Final

The Scoring

Our critics have to rely on skill and talent as they use their nose, eyes and palate to identify the flavours, aromas and general characteristics of a wine to score points. For a wine critic, a blind taste test is the ultimate challenge.

To recap our scoring system, these are the parameters that the critics are scored on for up to a maximum of 10 points:

• Variety = up to 3 points for variety or style

• Location = up to 3 points (1 point for Country, 1 point for Region, 1 for Appellation)

• Vintage = up to 2 points (2 points for exact year, 1 point for +/- 1 year)

• Price = up to 2 points (2 points for +/- 2.5% of price, 1 point for +/- 10% of price)

Watch the Final here!

Thank you to all of our Contestants

Season 3 showcased some of Canada’s most widely recognized, award-winning sommeliers and wine critics. We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of our critics for making this series so exciting and fun to watch.

Thank you to WineAlign’s own David Lawrason, Sara d’Amato, Steve Thurlow and Master Sommelier John Szabo. And to our special guests: Master Sommelier Jennifer Huether, Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner, Zoltan Szabo (Sommelier at Trump Tower), William Predhomme (Sommelier at Canoe) and Bill Zacharkiw (Montreal Gazette).

Please remember that past episodes are always available for viewing and sharing under the Videos tab on WineAlign.


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