Season 6, Round 5: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Bewildering Bordeaux

Welcome to Round 6.5 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?” For those of you who are new to the series, this is a blind tasting competition where top wine experts face the daunting task of identifying a wine with no clues as to what is in their glass. For Season 6 we’ve made some changes that are sure to please our viewers. Our host, James Chatto, puts the spotlight back on the wines and the deductive process. You’ll find Season 6 to be not just entertaining but educational as well.

Watch as nine wine experts swirl, sniff, gurgle and spit their way to discovering the grape variety, region, vintage, and price of the wine. Points are awarded and a champion eventually emerges.

So, pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy Round 6.5 as James leads Sara d’Amato, Julie Garton and Toni Weber in a blind tasting to identify a red Bordeaux.

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Click the image above or here to watch Round 5.

In round 6.4, Bruce Wallner was able to redeem himself by correctly guessing that the affordable California Cabernet came from Napa Valley. John Szabo, MS came in second with his guess that it was from Alexander Valley in Sonoma. Have a look at the score card below to see how the contestants are doing so far.

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The Scoring

The scoring on each wine remains similar to past seasons with 10 points total for Variety, Country, Region, Appellation, Vintage, and Price.

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

James Chatto

James Chatto has written about food, wine and spirits for 30 years. The author of seven books, he is wine columnist and Senior Editor of the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine.

james-chatto

Sara d’Amato

Sara is a Toronto-based wine consultant, sommelier, wine critic and principal partner with WineAlign. She has worked in cellars both in Niagara and in France, as Sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotel and at the Platinum Club of the Air Canada Centre. She is also a contributor to Chatelaine magazine. Sara is the first and only woman to have won the Grand Award at the prestigious Wine Tasting Challenge.

Sara d'Amato

Julie Garton

Julie (Jules) is a certified Sommelier through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently an Advanced Candidate with the Court. She is a Manager and Sommelier at The Oxley and also runs the wine programs at The Queen & Beaver and The Wickson Social. She teaches Wine Education at George Brown College for the Wine Specialist Certificate.

Julie Garton

Toni Weber

Toni Weber has spent the last decade working in some of Toronto’s top restaurants.  She is currently pulling corks and helping to build the wine program at alo Restaurant in downtown Toronto, while also studying to write the Advanced Sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Toni Weber

We hope that you enjoy Round 5. As usual, please send your comments to feedback@winealign.com and feel free to share this video with your friends and family.

Previously on Season 6 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”:

Round 1: Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Lot No. 1 Carmenère 2013
Round 2: Henry Of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc De Blanc 2011
Round 3: Montalto Pinot Grigio 2015
Round 4: Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Special thanks to our sponsors Balderson CheeseZalto glassware and the Wine Academy.


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