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Season 5, Table 4 of “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Grinding to a Halt (a.k.a. The Crusher)

Will “So, You Think You Know Wine?” contestants Zoltan Szabo, Brad Royale, and Chris McDonald be stoked or stumped by the mystery wine at Table 4?

Without any clues, host Seán Cullen takes each table through the swirling, sniffing, and gurgling ritual of wine tasting—asking them to correctly identify the grape, country, region, vintage, and price of the wine. Cullen then issues each player a score but not without, first, testing a few of his own theories against the experts. A champion eventually emerges.

So, You Think You Know Wine? Table 4

You may have noticed that the first few rounds have been challenging for everyone. It is important to note that some of these crowd-pleasing wines, while tasting good, may lack some of the varietal characteristics that would lead our experts to the correct answer. The tables get better and better as the varietal character of future wines shines through. We thought it would still be fun to share these first few rounds with you.

Click here to watch Table 4 or read on to learn more about the contestants and the scoring method.

Table 4

As always, the video series brings together Canada’s top wine experts, but this time a few well-known food personalities have taken on the daunting task of competing against wine critics, sommeliers, and wine educators.

Zoltan Szabo

Zoltan has worked in the hospitality industry for two decades and on three continents.  He worked his way up from dishwasher to sommelier to general manager.  Nowadays he’s a consultant, wine judge, educator, and journalist. In 2009, he won the title of Grand Champion in the prestigious Wine Tasting Challenge.

Zoltan Szabo

Chris McDonald

Chris has worked in Toronto restaurants for 40 years. He started out as a busboy and quickly traveled up the ranks eventually becoming chef and owner of two of Toronto’s most loved restaurants – Avalon and Cava.  He’s now taking a well-deserved break before he starts his next adventure.

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Brad Royale

Brad has been involved in retail and restaurant management for fifteen years and he is now the Wine Director for Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts. He has won multiple awards for his wine programs. In 2012 Brad launched his own wine label, Kitten Swish…it’s delicious.

Brad Royale

The Scoring

The scoring on each wine remains similar to past seasons with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation, Vintage and Price.

Variety:  3 points
Country, Region, Appellation:  up to 4 points
Vintage:  up to 2 points
Price (within 10% on either side): 1 point

Let the games begin! Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch table 4.

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

Previously on Season 5 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”:

Table 1 – Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013
Table 2 – Creekside Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Table 3 – Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

We hope that you find this new series 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.

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


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Season 5, Table 3 of “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Desperately Seeking Tannins (a.k.a. RMS Titanninic)

Back by popular demand, Season 5 returns to the original format of the first 3 seasons where individuals battle it out for the illustrious title of SYTYKW Champion.

As always, the video series brings together Canada’s top wine experts, but this time a few well-known food personalities have taken on the daunting task of competing against wine critics, sommeliers, and wine educators.

Watch as the emotions around the table move from uncertainty to confidence to utter surprise as Jennifer Huether MS, Véronique Rivest, and Brad Long tackle the mystery wine in Table 3.

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You may notice that the first few rounds are challenging for everyone.  The tables get better and better as more of the ‘classic’ varietal character of future wines shines through.  We thought it would still be fun to share these first few rounds with you.

Without any clues, host Seán Cullen takes each table through the swirling, sniffing, and gurgling ritual of wine tasting—asking them to correctly identify the grape, country, region, vintage, and price of the wine. Cullen then issues each player a score but not without, first, testing a few of his own theories against the experts. A champion eventually emerges.

Click here to watch Table 3 or read on to learn more about the contestants and the scoring method.

Table 3

Jennifer Huether MS

Jennifer is the first and only female Master Sommelier in Canada. She has a wealth of experience in hospitality and restaurant managment which includes creating the award-winning wine program as head sommelier for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. She then went on to become brand ambassador and education director for Cliff Lede Vineyards and now is brand ambassador for Jackson Family Wines.

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Véronique Rivest

Véronique won second place at the prestigious Sommelier du Monde Competition in 2013, in fact, she is the first woman ever to have made it to the podium. She is a wine columnist for Ottawa’s Le Droit newspaper and Radio-Canada and she has just opened her own wine bar in Gatineau, Quebec called Soif.

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Brad Long

Brad is a well-known Toronto chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s show Restaurant Makeover. For 10 years he was head chef at the Air Canada Centre and he is now owner of Cafe Belong and Belong Catering.

brad long

The Scoring

The scoring on each wine remains similar to past seasons with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation, Vintage and Price.

Variety:  3 points
Country, Region, Appellation:  up to 4 points
Vintage:  up to 2 points
Price (within 10% on either side): 1 point

Let the games begin! Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch table 3.

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

Previously on Season 5 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”:

Table 1 – Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013
Table 2 – Creekside Sauvignon Blanc 2013

We hope that you find this new series 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.

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


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Season 5, Table 2 of “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Blind Tasting meets Sauvignon Blanc

The oh-so serious sport of wine tasting is receiving a major reality check in Season 5 of WineAlign’s “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

Seán Cullen

The multi-camera format of Season 5 captures up-close jousting between participants who sit at a studio round table and focus on identifying the concealed “jug of freedom” (as host Seán Cullen calls it) in front of them.

Without any clues, comedian Seán Cullen takes each table through the sniffing, tasting, and gurgling ritual—asking them to correctly identify the grape, country, region, vintage, and price of the wine. Cullen then issues each player a score but not without, first, testing a few of his own theories against the experts. A champion eventually emerges.

The series showcases some of Canada’s most widely recognized, award-winning sommeliers and wine critics as well as three top local food personalities.

Seán Cullen is a triple Gemini and Canadian Comedy Award winner. He has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’s The Late Late Show and has a number of his own specials including Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Now and was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Click here to watch Table 2 or read on to learn more about the contestants in this round and the scoring method.

Table 2

At Table 2, wine experts David Lawrason (WineAlign, Toronto Life), Sara d’Amato (WineAlign, Chatelaine) and Will Predhomme (Sommelier, Wine Educator) battle it out to see who can correctly identify Creekside Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

David Lawrason

Sara d'Amato

Will Predhomme

The Scoring

The scoring on each wine remains similar to past seasons with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation, Vintage and Price.

Variety:  3 points
Country, Region, Appellation:  up to 4 points
Vintage:  up to 2 points
Price (within 10% on either side): 1 point

Let the games begin! Pour yourself a glass of wine and Watch Table 2 here.

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

Previously on Season 5 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”:

Table 1 – Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013

We hope that you find this new series 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.

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


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Introducing Season 5 of “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Blind Tasting meets Seán Cullen

The oh-so serious sport of wine tasting is receiving a major reality check in the Season 5 launch of WineAlign’s “So, You Think You Know Wine?”—a digital series produced by Toronto’s feltfilm.

“It’s a show where we play with wine and we play with words. Weird!” muses comedian Seán Cullen, the new host of this video series.

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A wine junkie himself, Cullen is best known for his ability to produce unscripted madness by turning words into playthings. The theatre of wine tasting provides no lack of fodder for Cullen to spin his magic out of fact-based educational content.

The multi-camera format captures up-close jousting between participants who sit at a studio round table and focus on identifying the concealed “jug of freedom” (as Cullen calls it) in front of them.

Without any clues, the comedian host takes each table through the sniffing, tasting, and gurgling ritual—asking them to correctly identify the grape, country, region, year, and price of the wine. Cullen then issues each player a score but not without, first, testing a few of his own theories against the experts. A champion eventually emerges.

The series showcases some of Canada’s most widely recognized, award-winning sommeliers and wine critics as well as three top local food personalities.

Seán Cullen is a triple Gemini and Canadian Comedy Award winner. He has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’s The Late Late Show and has a number of his own specials including Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Now and was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Click here to watch Round #1 or read on to learn more about the scoring and the contestants in this round.

Table in Studio

The Scoring

The scoring on each wine remains similar to past seasons with points for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation, Vintage and Price.

Variety:  3 points
Country, Region, Appellation:  up to 4 points
Vintage:  up to 2 points
Price (within 10% on either side): 1 point

Round 1

In Round 1, wine experts Bill Zacharkiw of Chacun son vin, Montreal Gazette, and CHOM FM and John Szabo MS of WineAlign and City Bites face off against TV and radio host and food blogger, Pay Chen.

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

We hope that you find this new series 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.

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?”

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.

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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

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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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