Round 6.9: “So, You Think you Know Wine?”

Perfection Under Pressure

Welcome to the final round of the regular season of So You Think You Know Wine? Round 6.9 should determine which six contestants will advance to the semi-finals (unless there is a freakin’ tie, which we never anticipated, and have to squeeze in a quick tie-breaker round… stay tuned).

Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy Round 6.9 as host James Chatto leads Toni Weber, Steve Thurlow and David Lawrason in a blind tasting to identify a fresh and minerally Australian shiraz with the pressure on to advance to the semi-finals.

Round 6.9

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In Round 6.8 the very aromatic sauvignon blanc jumped out of the glass allowing the contestants to guess the grape variety quite easily, but there was debate about where it could be from. In the end, scores were high all around with Bruce winning the round with a perfect score of 10 points. Have a look at the score card below to see how the contestants are doing so far.

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.


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

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.

Steve Thurlow


David Lawrason

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.

David Lawrason

We hope that you enjoy Round 9. 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
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
Round 5: Chateau Tour Carmail 2011
Round 6: Ogier Héritages Côtes Du Rhône 2014
Round 7: Matua Pinot Gris 2015
Round 8: Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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