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.
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:
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 [email protected] 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.
Previously on “So, You Think You Know Wine?”