Season 5, Table 13 – Semi-Final #2 of “So, You Think you Know Wine?”
Fontanafredda Barolo 2010 (aka A Knife Fight at a Spanish Prison)
After weeks of battling for position and points, only six contestants have advanced to the Semi Finals of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”
Last time, at the first semi-final (Table 12), we saw Will Predhomme and Sara d’Amato tie and advance to the finals, while Bill Zacharkiw went down in flames. This week, John Szabo, David Lawrason and Jennifer Huether battle it out for the last coveted seat in the finals. Table 13 is an extremely close match with all three “experts” demonstrating why they made it to the semi finals. Watch to see who will move on to the final.
Watch Table 13 or read on to learn more about the contestants and the scoring method.
Advancing to the Semi Finals are:
Group 1 : Sara d’Amato, Bill Zacharkiw and Will Predhomme (Table 12)
Group 2: John Szabo, Jennifer Huether and David Lawrason (Table 13)
Click on the score card below to see how the semi finalist were selected.
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 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.
John Szabo, MS
John is Canada’s first Master Sommelier. He’s a partner and principal critic for WineAlign and authors the bi-monthly Vintages Buyer’s Guide. John is wine editor for Toronto’s CityBites Magazine and is author of Pairing Food and Wine For Dummies. John also designs wine programs, teaches, speaks, judges and travels around the world, and to round out his experience and get closer to the land, he also owns a small vineyard in Eger, Hungary, the J&J Eger Wine Co. These days you’ll find him climbing volcanoes.
David is a principal critic and VP of Wine for WineAlign. He is also co-head judge for the National Wine Awards of Canada and the World Wine Awards of Canada. He is wine columnist for Toronto Life and Ottawa magazine, a WSET instructor with Fine Vintage Ltd, and National Wine Advisor to Gold Medal Plates, a chef competition held in ten cities that raises funds for Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. He also reviews Ontario wines for www.WineryToHome.com.
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 13.
For those of you new to our video series, “So, You Think You Know Wine?”, you can watch all previous season 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
Table 4 – The Grinder Pinotage 2013
Table 5 – Faustino VII Tempranillo 2012
Table 6 – Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2012
Table 7 – Laroche Chablis St. Martin 2012
Table 8 – Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2010
Table 9 – Root: 1 Carmenère 2012
Table 10 – Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2012
Table 11 – Ogier Héritages Côtes Du Rhône 2012
Table 12 – [Semi Final #1] Sterling Chardonnay 2012
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