Season 6, Round 2: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

A Sparkling Surprise

Welcome to an exciting new season of “So, You Think You Know Wine?” For Season 6 we’ve made some changes that are sure to please our viewers. Our new host, the esteemed 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, with no clues as to what the wine is in their glass, 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 2 as James leads Julie Garton, Will Predhomme and Steve Thurlow in a blind tasting to identify a high-quality Ontario sparkling wine.

Round 2

Click the image above or here to watch Round 2.

Last time, John Szabo correctly guessed that the wine was from Chile letting him win the round with 5 points. Here are the scores after Round 1:


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.


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.

Will Predhomme

Will Predhomme is a prominent Canadian Professional Sommelier, beverage business development specialist, and industry liaison. Will’s experience reflects a career based in the beverage alcohol, hospitality, education, government and private sectors. For several years, he was the Senior Sommelier at Canoe Restaurant. Now he teaches WSET courses, is co-producer of Ontario and Oregon-made wines, host of The Globe & Mail Wine Basics videos, and is Managing Director of Predhomme Market Insights. He is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and in 2010 he won the title of Best Ontario Sommelier.

Steve Thurlow

At WineAlign, Steve Thurlow is a principal critic and partner mainly interested in the wines for sale at LCBO in Ontario. He was a contributor to Wine Access and with Anthony Gismondi he co-founded the International Value Wine Awards, the precursor of WWAC. With his wine education and communication business, Wine for Life, he leads groups of wine lovers on several travel trips each year to explore the wine, food, culture and history of places such as Sicily, Chile, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand, South Africa and the wine regions that lie along the Danube.

We hope that you enjoy Round 2. As usual, please send your comments to [email protected] 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

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